Updated: Mar 1, 2019
Most of you know I am a bit of a sadist. I adore watching men and women writhe in pain and then be rewarded for their suffering with a nice, comfortable cast.
And here is a video of Regina breaking her leg. A video with sound is worth a thousand pictures.
I have always marveled at the millions of people each year who take to the ski slopes. Recent studies have shown skiing -- and its close cousin snowboarding -- are the first and second most dangerous sports.
The rate of injury does not seem that high. A recent study showed for every 1,000 days spend skiing, there will be approximately 7 injuries. By applying a little math, this indicates that is you ski 20 days a year, you will be injured once every 8 years.
And of the ski injuries that do occur, 42% are to the lower extremities.
Beyond the frequencies injury, the severity of many skiing injures is shocking. Of course injuries to the head, neck, and back can be fatal. But for our merry little band of cast lovers, injuries to the lower leg are favorites.
Ski resorts warn of the dangers of skiing. Read the details on a ski equipment rental agreement sometime. The legal language warns of extreme injury and even death from "Recreational Snow Sports."
But ski fanatics will suffer a life altering lower extremity injury and will be back on the slopes in a year or two.
Below is the video of Tatiana's little accident. In the video, you can see her point to her shin and scream 'broke here, broke here'. Hopefully she had a few days to brush up on her English while in the hospital in Granada.
When I was growing up, I had a friend named Paige James. She is featured as a character in many of my stories. When we were 13 or 14, Paige's family went to Lake Placid for Christmas vacation. Paige returned from vacation that year in a glorious toe to mid thigh plaster cast. She had, apparently, taken a little fall on the slopes. In spite of a horribly painful pull and twist session on her leg in the ER, Paige vowed to be back on the slopes the next year.
The next year, Paige somehow managed to hit two trees in one skiing accident. From her description of events, she broke her right leg hitting the first tree, did a small flip, and rammed the second tree with the left side of her body. One helicopter ride, 12 days in traction, and a case of Plaster of Paris bandages later, Paige returned to school in a wheelchair. Both legs were encased in full leg casts. Her writing arm was in a full arm cast. That was the end of Paige's skiing career.
So, anyway, for these and many more reasons, I am a huge fan of skiers!