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Old 12-18-2012, 09:12 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Can you expound on the heart restarted...call me sick, but I'm guessing there is a good story behind this one...


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Ruptured spleen February 25 2002. Without having to write the bible of this story it went like this. Got a little crooked in the pipe and came down hard on my feet trying to avoid killing myself and got a pinch tear in my spleen. It spent 2.5 weeks filling with blood and clotted while I had no symptoms of internal bleeding just had a limp on the left side of my body and pain over there which was masking the real injury on the right side.

My spleen was the size of a football when it finally ruptured spewing out all that blood that had been pooling in there all over inside me. After being air lifted in for emergency trauma surgery, I guess somewhere in the middle of my 9.5 hours of trauma surgery they had to restart my heart cause I had bleed out. I had 9 units of blood put in me and the head of trauma surgery said the only reason they allowed that was because of my age otherwise they would have let me die. Just a gnarly accident that probably would have either killed anyone else or ended their snowboarding career at least, I was back on a board within 8 months and relearning all the muscle memory associated with it.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:27 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Ruptured spleen February 25 2002. Without having to write the bible of this story it went like this. Got a little crooked in the pipe and came down hard on my feet trying to avoid killing myself and got a pinch tear in my spleen. It spent 2.5 weeks filling with blood and clotted while I had no symptoms of internal bleeding just had a limp on the left side of my body and pain over there which was masking the real injury on the right side.

My spleen was the size of a football when it finally ruptured spewing out all that blood that had been pooling in there all over inside me. After being air lifted in for emergency trauma surgery, I guess somewhere in the middle of my 9.5 hours of trauma surgery they had to restart my heart cause I had bleed out. I had 9 units of blood put in me and the head of trauma surgery said the only reason they allowed that was because of my age otherwise they would have let me die. Just a gnarly accident that probably would have either killed anyone else or ended their snowboarding career at least, I was back on a board within 8 months and relearning all the muscle memory associated with it.

I hear that a Chuck Norris mustache whisker can prevent this kind of injury if kept in ones pocket. Really though your lucky to be alive.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:02 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I had back surgery when I was 19 after riding 3-4 days a week for 6 years. I ruptured a disc somehow. I think it's from catching so many back edges at high speeds. Doc said not to ride again. I ended up riding that winter from 1998-2002. Then I ended up casing a 100ft roller. I did a tri-mecular fracture, where you break all 3 bones connecting your ankle to your foot. I needed surgery and was in the hospital for 9 days. Normally they just fuse your foot to your ankle. I had a new doc and he was able to keep some front to back movement. Barely no side to side movement though. Doc said I'll never ride again.

I just bought new stuff and I'm riding again this year at 34 after not riding for 10 years.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:04 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Never though of quitting. Seperated both AC joints in the shoulders, dislocated elbow, hit a tree and got stiches in my face. I broke my fibula and dislocated my ankle last year mountain biking and missed last season.

Funny thing is, those snowboard injuries happened when I was progressing lol. The ankle, well it happened just from falling off the bike and stepping down. That's what pissed me off about it. Now I ended up gaining like 15 pounds since the injury. I gained 7 pounds of muscle trying to work out now.

I definitely avoid the 'last' run of the day. I just dont wanna risk it at the end of the day when my legs are shot. I dislocated my elbow up at Windham mountain and crashed into a tree at Hunter. No more last 'icy' run for me man...lol

I just wanna ride so bad now. So no quitting. Just trying to ride smarter, healthier and hopefully using some wisdom thrown in there with a little bit of luck.
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I just wanna ride so bad now. So no quitting. Just trying to ride smarter, healthier and hopefully using some wisdom thrown in there with a little bit of luck.
I hear ya on this. I'm pretty sure it'll be like riding a bike and i'll hop back on and just stay off the kickers for a while.
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they had to restart my heart cause I had bleed out
Well that dispels the rumor that you don't have one.
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I hear ya on this. I'm pretty sure it'll be like riding a bike and i'll hop back on and just stay off the kickers for a while.
Not really, muscle memory is a big thing in snowboarding.
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Well that dispels the rumor that you don't have one.
They said it was really black and charred looking. So not sure what that means.
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Ruptured spleen February 25 2002. Without having to write the bible of this story it went like this. Got a little crooked in the pipe and came down hard on my feet trying to avoid killing myself and got a pinch tear in my spleen. It spent 2.5 weeks filling with blood and clotted while I had no symptoms of internal bleeding just had a limp on the left side of my body and pain over there which was masking the real injury on the right side.

My spleen was the size of a football when it finally ruptured spewing out all that blood that had been pooling in there all over inside me. After being air lifted in for emergency trauma surgery, I guess somewhere in the middle of my 9.5 hours of trauma surgery they had to restart my heart cause I had bleed out. I had 9 units of blood put in me and the head of trauma surgery said the only reason they allowed that was because of my age otherwise they would have let me die. Just a gnarly accident that probably would have either killed anyone else or ended their snowboarding career at least, I was back on a board within 8 months and relearning all the muscle memory associated with it.
Holy shit, that's pretty heavy!


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I have NEVER thought about quitting snowboarding for any reason. Had some bad crashes that made me stop and think about toning it down a bit, but then I go out and push myself again the next day out.

It's just one of those things, on a snowboard I feel alive...

The worst moments for me are when I crash HARD in the off-piste and I'm alone. There are some times where I think "FUCK... I need help!" but usually I just sit up and breath for a bit. Let the oxygen do it's thing and then I'm back in business.

I hurt my neck on Sunday. Came down a chute I've been meaning to hit for years, and I was STOKED. I started taking more chances once back in the bowl, and getting more air off natural features. Well I went off one feature not realizing that it was a 10 ft deep gully I was leaping over. I landed on the opposite face and got an instant headache, hurt neck, and it felt like somebody had punched me in the jaw. For a second I just sat there dazed and thought my day was done... I decided to just breathe it out. Took my time, relaxed, and a couple mins later got up and continued my day and weekend. My neck was a little sore on the drive home the day after, but I think I was actually better off continuing vs. stopping and seizing up!
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