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Forum: Slam Section   07-02-2013, 01:19 AM
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Posted By bigrig
Quick update -- things are going well! Had my...

Quick update -- things are going well! Had my amputation on June 14th. My first check-up was today. The incision looks great, so I get my stump shrinker on Wednesday. My current schedule has me...
Forum: Slam Section   05-07-2013, 11:19 PM
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Posted By bigrig
thanks! i absolutely cannot wait to get back on...

thanks! i absolutely cannot wait to get back on the board.
Forum: Slam Section   05-07-2013, 10:25 PM
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Posted By bigrig
Sorry for not updating for a while. It's been a...

Sorry for not updating for a while. It's been a long road. My 2011 ankle distraction arthroplasty helped improve my ankle pain, but it wasn't enough to get me active again (and snowboarding). My...
Forum: Slam Section   09-29-2011, 10:29 PM
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Posted By bigrig
Amputation Time!

So right now I'm undergoing what's called ankle distraction arthroplasty. Basically I've got my third ex-fix on to pull the ankle joint appart to see if we can make the osteoarthritis any better. ...
Forum: Slam Section   11-11-2010, 10:44 AM
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Posted By bigrig
External Fixator Removed

I had my external fixator removed yesterday morning. I opted out of surgery and did it in the office -- mainly so I could take a sweet video.

YouTube - How To Remove An External Fixator Like A...
Forum: Slam Section   09-28-2010, 09:34 PM
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Posted By bigrig
Thanks. I think now that the infection is gone...

Thanks. I think now that the infection is gone things are going well. I was *extremely* lucky that my injuries weren't worse. Shittiest way to learn a hard lesson about always staying in control....
Forum: Slam Section   09-27-2010, 09:52 PM
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Posted By bigrig
Thanks! Whatever was laying around they used.

Thanks! Whatever was laying around they used.
Forum: Slam Section   09-27-2010, 09:51 PM
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Posted By bigrig
I've seen videos of below-the-knee amputees...

I've seen videos of below-the-knee amputees snowboard, figured I could at least give it a shot if I'm forced to. But yeah, totally agree -- no bending would suck pretty bad. It shouldn't get to...
Forum: Slam Section   09-26-2010, 10:18 PM
Replies: 59
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Posted By bigrig
Quick Update

Had x-rays last week, things are healing along, but I still have about a 4mm gap in my fibula. Bone stimulators, which sound like voodoo, might actually be working on the tibia. One more surgery in...
Forum: Slam Section   09-01-2010, 02:40 PM
Replies: 59
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Posted By bigrig
Before my nonunion diagnosis, I should have been...

Before my nonunion diagnosis, I should have been ready to return to the slops by the end of the year. But after the diagnosis in late July, I'm facing a long recovery.

I'll have this external...
Forum: Slam Section   09-01-2010, 12:33 PM
Replies: 59
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Posted By bigrig
yeah -- i was not going to hit that person, i was...

yeah -- i was not going to hit that person, i was going way too fast and she was about 100lbs smaller than me. it would have been bad news and she didn't deserve any of it. again, it was my fault...
Forum: Slam Section   08-31-2010, 08:52 PM
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Posted By bigrig
the scars are going to be awesome

the scars are going to be awesome
Forum: Slam Section   08-31-2010, 01:44 AM
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Posted By bigrig
Update after third surgery

Just got out of the hospital a few days ago. Went great. Here are the pics (http://snowboardervstree.blogspot.com/p/gross-pictures.html) of my brand spanking new external fixator.

thanks for all...
Forum: Slam Section   08-02-2010, 08:13 PM
Replies: 59
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Posted By bigrig
i was definitely not in control. i was leading...

i was definitely not in control. i was leading with my switch foot for practice going way too fast. i got on my ass about a second before i hit the tree and took the entire impact with my board...
Forum: Slam Section   08-01-2010, 09:00 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 12,763
Posted By bigrig
Snowboarder vs Tree

I just found this forum tonight and figured it would be a good place to share my story. Back in February, I snowboarded into a tree at Breckenridge to avoid hitting someone in front of me. I...
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