When I was in high school, my boyfriend was a wrestler. My best friend, a slim, curly haired blond named Elena was dating a wrestler also. In the winter, we spent almost every Saturday in some smelly gymnasium watching hormonal, sweaty, teen boys rolling around on bacteria laden wrestling mats trying to force each other into submission.
One Saturday in February, Elena and I had enough of watching boys wrestle. We spent the morning smoking weed and drinking bourbon and coke. We showed up at the gym early afternoon. During a break in the action, Elena and I decided to give wrestling a go on our own. This was back in the days when women wrestlers were virtually unheard of.
So Elena and I kicked off our shoes and socks and went at it in the center mat of the gym. The boys and their family in the stands went nuts. They clapped and cheered wildly as Elena and I - so stoned we could hardly stand up - slapped each other trying to attempt some form of take down. Finally, we collapsed in a heap and rolled around on the mat for a bit. Once again, the crowd went nuts.
Fortunately, this was years before the advent of the cell phone camera so what happened next was not captured for posterity. After groping each other's sweaty bodies for 2 or 3 minutes, Elena and I began to kiss. Not light cheek kissing. But deep throat kissing and breast fondling while laying on a wrestling match in front of 300 people. At the sight of this, the crowd really went nuts. So did the principle, wrestling coach, and a couple of off duty police officers.
Needless to say, Elena and I were not invited to wrestling tryouts the next year.
With that lead in, let me introduce you to Donna. Donna is a 28 year old Barista who lives in England. She practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This is a form of martial arts practiced primarily on the ground. It requires strength, leverage, and agility.
In June of 2018, Donna was practicing her skills with a larger combatant. Her opponent landed on her leg during a take down. The result was a severely broken tibia and fibula.
So off to the hospital Donna went. She was x-rayed and her leg was set in a full length purple cast.
Now this is where the story gets interesting. I would have bet 'dimes to donuts' that Donna was a lesbian. Sorry to my non-American friends for the use of an American idiom. The term dimes to donuts means a sure bet and was originated during the 1800 's when a dime was 100 times more valuable than donuts.
But as luck had it, Donna was heterosexual and due to get married weeks after breaking her leg.
In Britain, there is something called a 'Hen Do' that is held shortly before a bride's wedding. This is, apparently, similar to a bachelor party where notoriously bad things often happen to male grooms and their best men.
The bridesmaids attending the Hen Do apparently had some spa time and then launched into a serious round of drinking.
Fortunately, the bride survived the night and was married a day or two later.
After 12 weeks in the full leg cast, Donna graduated to a below the knee cast. Her breaks healed slower than expected and Donna ended up spending 20 plus weeks in casts. This was followed by several months of physical therapy.
Fast forward to May of 2019. Donna, who is very athletic and logged 13,000 plus steps a day while in her walking cast was finally cleared to begin Jiu Jitsu practice again. And guess what happened on her first day of training?
During a take down, the cute curly hair blonde in the first picture of this blog landed on Donna's leg with her knee. Donna's leg was re-broken in the same place. So much for broken bones being stronger once they are healed. Donna was placed in another full leg cast and spent her first anniversary eating Chinese food with her husband in their apartment while icing her leg.
Finally, in January of 2020, Donna resumed Jiu Jitsu training. She has fingers and toes crossed that breaking her leg will not become an annual event.