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+1 got skied into from behind and ended up with a fractured shoulder last January. Painful as hell at the time but healed up with no after effects.
 

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+1 got skied into from behind and ended up with a fractured shoulder last January. Painful as hell at the time but healed up with no after effects.
This is awful.
It's one thing when you total yourself (as all of my accidents; except the concussion 2nd yr in Niseko; were), it's another entirely when someone being careless or stupid ends your season.
 

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2 hours into my season I was just off the edge of Zalis and hit a covered rock which tore my calf. 3 months later and I'm hoping to start gentle running again soon, and expecting another 3 or 4 months of rehab before I'm back to normal-ish.

Hoping to be tickety boo for Japan in Feb!
 

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Yeah, I got offered one from Perisher this year but was told it would be pretty exxy, and that I should just harden up find my own way.
If you get the cover it won't be exxy for you!

Get the cover.
 
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If you get the cover it won't be exxy for you!

Get the cover.

Yeah, not sure what my health fund pays for. It's probably covered. I figured they could use the ambo for someone who actually needed it. There were some far more impressive injuries in the medical centre that day than mine.
 
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FWIW My private health insurer will cover 'any medically necessary evacuation'. But I trust them as far as I could throw them.
 

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FWIW My private health insurer will cover 'any medically necessary evacuation'. But I trust them as far as I could throw them.
Be careful with ambo cover in your health insurance. Neither of those transfers mentioned above would be covered under the "Emergency ambulance cover" rule. They were both transfers between hospitals.
 
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This is awful.
It's one thing when you total yourself (as all of my accidents; except the concussion 2nd yr in Niseko; were), it's another entirely when someone being careless or stupid ends your season.

Too true. The bloke who did it kept going and darted onto the nearest chairlift out of there. Worst part it was day 4 and we still had a fortnight left of the holiday. Needless to say she bailed and came home a few days before the rest of us finished up.
 

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No issue with the risks.
It's half the fun.
Just don't think making a competition of it or encorauging benefit from injury is wise.
 

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Victorians have to pay for ambulance cover?
pretty stupid that it isn't provided to all by state or federal gov. However given that's the system we've got, you'd be nuts not to pay for cover. as @suski said, the ambo cover in your private health cover doesn't cover non emergency inter hospital transfers. in the last year I've had 2 such transfers across melbourne, one from ne vic to melb and one air ambulance from melb to albury, with xfer home after that.
bottom line - if you can't afford ambulance cover, you can't afford to ski
 

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Topic folks, take clutter to another thread.

2 hours into my season I was just off the edge of Zalis and hit a covered rock which tore my calf. 3 months later and I'm hoping to start gentle running again soon, and expecting another 3 or 4 months of rehab before I'm back to normal-ish.

Hoping to be tickety boo for Japan in Feb!

Add me to the list!

Just back from the physio, and he's confirmed that it's progressing really well, so hopefully able to take reasonable amounts of load and training in another 4 months, which will given an elapsed time of about 7 months. Will probably be closer to 10 months by the time it's as good as it will get (it will never be the same again).
 
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Victorians have to pay for ambulance cover?
IIRC, Queenslanders pay a subsidy through their electricity bills which covers the ambulance service. II also RC, Queenslanders are responsible for sourcing their own CTP car insurance but for Victorians it's paid for as part of our registration.

States all cover things differently but it all comes out in the wash eventually.
 

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IIRC, Queenslanders pay a subsidy through their electricity bills which covers the ambulance service. II also RC, Queenslanders are responsible for sourcing their own CTP car insurance but for Victorians it's paid for as part of our registration.

States all cover things differently but it all comes out in the wash eventually.
the issue here is that in vic ambulance cover is not universal. lots of people don't have it or are in the fools' paradise of relying on their private health cover for it.

BTW Transport Accident Commission is a broader than CTP - it's a no fault cover for anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident. it's itemised separately from rego but you can't get one without the other.
 

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Physio today. 20% weight bearing- yay me :thumbs::D add in all the other exercises today and I'm stuffed! Good stuffed, but stuffed :p
Excellent.
Great start.
Bet that's improved the positivity.
 
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IIRC, Queenslanders pay a subsidy through their electricity bills which covers the ambulance service. II also RC, Queenslanders are responsible for sourcing their own CTP car insurance but for Victorians it's paid for as part of our registration.

States all cover things differently but it all comes out in the wash eventually.
CTP is already included in Queensland registration but you have the option to choose the provider.
 

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Is just one thread enough or do you need a whole sub-forum and a thread each?

On 2016 Oz snow, so belated acknowledgement.

@Telemark Phat , tried to insert very large rock into brain via eyesocket, missed eyesocket and excercise failed.

On 2016/17 OS Snow

@smackies did something to some bones it looks like

On 2017 Oz snow.

@Donzah - bent foot
@tele-whippet - hurt ankle & miss-placed head
@SuskiQ double snapped achilles, surgical repair
@Tanuki - bruised knee with brain.
@Dippo Fractured Nose, cheek and eye socket,torn hamstring, ACL, 2 blood clots in calf and worst of all broken skis
@mx_boarder - ACL
@Ziggy Tore a shoulder muscle.

So we know @Boodwah got out “Hunting white October” and @tele-whippet is hobbling around Iceland.

How is everyone else doing?

I took my first steps today - 7.5 weeks since injury - with CAM boots on and assisted by parallel bars but it was walking, followed by 1/2hr of laps walking across the pool :thumbs::D
 

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Is that all on schedule?
Pretty much on track - same time window as single achilles so I’m very happy with progress. I can get my foot to neutral. I have 1 lift still in my boot until next week. Doing calf raises supported in the pool. I can stand and pivot. It all still feels like an eternity though.

Best wishes @Ziggy. Manage that pain carefully.

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Pretty much on track - same time window as single achilles so I’m very happy with progress. I can get my foot to neutral. I have 1 lift still in my boot until next week. Doing calf raises supported in the pool. I can stand and pivot. It all still feels like an eternity though.

Best wishes @Ziggy. Manage that pain carefully.

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I know that would be frustrating to do regardless, but I'd certainly want to try everything twice as hard and twice as fast LOL
 

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Pretty much on track - same time window as single achilles so I’m very happy with progress. I can get my foot to neutral. I have 1 lift still in my boot until next week. Doing calf raises supported in the pool. I can stand and pivot. It all still feels like an eternity though.

Best wishes @Ziggy. Manage that pain carefully.

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Here is some inspiration - I ruptured my right achilles backcountry skiing (very remote location, steep terrain, locked out dynafits, tumble over a bergschrund...), anyway, that was on 6 May 2016 in Canada. Golden Hospital put me in a cast and told me that they don't do surgeries for achilles in Canada unless it doesn't heal by itself. So, I called up a specialist in Sydney, flew home on May 9 and had surgery on May 13.

Went through the whole healing, walking boot, heel lifter, pool assisted heel rises etc all whilst perusing http://achillesblog.com and everyone else's timeline to determine when the earliest I could expect to be skiing again was. By mid-July I could put my ski boot on (I had enough power to force my foot into the boot) but felt uncomfortable pressuring my shin into the boot (thus stretching my achilles). But by late July I had enough comfort to actually perform some carpet skiing in the living room.

I had my final post-op checkup with the Surgeon on 29 July and informed the Dr that I felt strong enough to go skiing. My calf was still weak and I could only initiate a single-leg calf rise but couldn't get the heel very far off the ground. Obviously, he was hesitant about recommending returning to skiing so soon after the surgery - we had a funny exchange that basically went like this ;
Me: Well, if I don't injure it again, it's like physio - better than physio because I'm out there exercising it ALL day!
Dr: Well no, physio is a controlled activity
Me: But I ski in control! (smirking as I realise that is an antithetical statement - as I originally injured it skiing).


Went down skiing at Thredbo for a few days to see how it was faring, first day I promised myself that I'd take it easy, but it was a powder day - see this blog post - http://skidescent.com/injury-and-recovery/

Anyway, skied great, although I exhausted my right calf pretty quickly each day, so booked a ticket to NZ for the rest of the season. I spent the remainder of the season mostly backcountry skiing. Hiking up the mountains was mostly fine, but I didn't have a lot of push off my right leg which occasionally made for weirdness especially crampon'ing etc. But the season went great and I achieved lots of adventurous skiing and hiking.

Admittedly, my injury was only 1 achilles and I compensated heaps when I first returned to skiing with my good leg AND I was probably quite lucky to not re-injure myself returning so soon, but there is light at the end of the tunnel and the tunnel isn't that long. Good luck!

Edit: Oh other thing to note, I had a brand new pair of Salomon Mtn Labs which are a bit low-cut in height compared to beefier boots and I had a pair of old in the tooth Tecnica Cochise 130's which had 'normal' height and obviously a bit stiffer. When I first returned to skiing, I HAD to be in the tecnica's to feel supported and secure. It wasn't until around September that I could comfortably ski in the Salomon boots. So... think about your gear (especially boots), when you return to skiing.
 

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Thanks @oreo
My challenge with 2 clodhopping boots is lack of balance, but I’m very pleased to be able to stand and take some supported steps at this point. If I can keep pace with ‘standard single’ timeline I’ll be very happy. I’m resigned to not skiing Japan in Feb and just want to get back to strength and in the shorter term I’m more interested in being able to hike than ski. I’m not sure your age but at 52 I’m happy to pace a moderate rather than accelerated recovery.
 

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Really glad to be mobile enuff to be enjoying the trip.
I can walk with a mild aching limp at 75% normal pace.
No way can I go faster cos of reduced range of movement and big pain.
Flat is good otherwise bad.
No farkin good without the ankle brace but anyhoo.
Some days better than others, some days depressing BUT improving AND on a good holiday. Glass is half full plus!
 

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An update on me is at the last ultrasound the blood clots in my calf have disappeared in the main arterials.
But a tiny one like a scar remains in one small vein and will remain there forever without any issues. This means no more blood thinners that I’ve been on the last 3 months

So I’m now booked in for knee reconstruction and clean out on 15th November.
I so can’t wait for this, being in a holding pattern for last 3 months has been mentally challenging.
 

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Update. Ankle improving but still a tad swollen and a weirdish colour and still reduced painful range of motion.
Walking on the flat is heaps better, faster and almost limp free. I can now go down normally spaced / height stairs OK but slowly with pain. Steps with bigger risers are still an issue as is sloping ground on which the hobble returns.
I can ride an exercise bike and road bike with no pain so am keen to tentatively get on the MTB again.
 

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Update. Ankle improving but still a tad swollen and a weirdish colour and still reduced painful range of motion.
Walking on the flat is heaps better, faster and almost limp free. I can now go down normally spaced / height stairs OK but slowly with pain. Steps with bigger risers are still an issue as is sloping ground on which the hobble returns.
I can ride an exercise bike and road bike with no pain so am keen to tentatively get on the MTB again.
Ouch.
I feel your pain.
Kinda.
 

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I'm high on a concoction of targin endone paracetamol..
Four hernias repaired = fcuk load of post opp pain.
 
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I fail to see any humour Ms Airbag :whistle:
It was funny that his ankle doesn’t hurt but he had a hernia operation! Not laughing at your injury!

If it makes you feel any better I’m booked for some abdo repair work when I get back from Japan so I’ll only be laughing for so long...then if anyone makes me laugh I’ll cry! As @Donzah knows all too well.

And I’ve still got vertebrae damage from the airbag incident...:whistle:
 

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I'm off the targin at night.
It's LSD like properties are a bit unsettling at midnight.
Yellow pikachus turning into rainbow star burst... Oh a penguin... Truck.... A truck driving a penguin shopping trolley...
 
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