Monday, August 31, 2009

Day 4 of the recovery

It's been four days now since my accident at Gallows Edge in White Rock Canyon. The support from friends has been awesome and I'd like to say a huge "thank you" to all of you that have stopped by to visit or called--I'm way stoked to have so many great friends!

My ankle feels unchanged since the day after the accident. It's still huge, super swollen, very tender and now multi-colored. The good news is, though, that I saw Dr. Garcia today and his prognosis is that I didn't break anything but really sprained it good and tore ligaments. Apparently the purple coloring is a result of all the blood from the torn ligaments. He also believes I didn't do anything to my knee despite the fact that I think I did. The knee ligaments all seem good but I think I've torn the meniscus. (Speaking from experience from my other knee.) I still have an appointment with Taos Ortho next week for a second opinion (I take my legs pretty seriously.) I've been very pleased with Dr. Lubowitz and Dr. Guttman at Taos Ortho in the past.

In the meantime, Dr. Garcia suggested I start working my ankle up and down and in circles a few times a day to keep the healing ligaments from healing too tight. The up and down isn't so bad but the left and right movements hurt like an MF right now. Going into it easy. I've taken some photos the past two days showing my ankle and plan to keep adding to the photo album. Keep an eye on the album if you're into checking out gross injury photos.


Anonymous said...

DUDE! Had no idea you were in an accident - glad to hear you're doing okay. Let me know if I can help you out with anything. I've got a bunch of great DVDs if you're resting and want to watch some movies or something. Seriously, I hope you're okay. - Jon Alan

Unknown said...


I just heard about your accident - ouch! I'm sure everyone is sending you 'get well quickly' wishes so I'll just add mine to the list. So glad it wasn't any worse. We climb a lot and it's so easy to miscalculate - even small stuff - that we're always looking over each other's shoulder. Ever since I took a bad fall a long time ago (lot's of stiches) I've learned to look twice at everything. Sometimes an accident can teach us a lot. Take care, Sharon Dogruel