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Thank You To The skicomau Community

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by DidSurfNowSki, Jul 28, 2019.

  1. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thank You :skier:

    On 19 June 2019, after cycling home from a skifit gym class I was struck by a car and suffered injuries that have temporarily curtailed ski activities for this season. Over the past 5-6 weeks I have been humbled by the generosity, warmth and care by the ski.com.au community. This post is a very small token of acknowledgment and appreciation from me.

    Initial Incident

    Riding home from the gym, I take a circuitous route to avoid most of the nighttime traffic. This time however, my luck had run out and I was collected by a truck (ie large ute) which went through a stop sign and ran me over. The driver to his credit, stopped, rendered assistance, took me into the emergency department, took my mangled bicycle home and has supplied all relevant details I have ask for since. He is also a motorcyclist, they normally have good road sense but not on this occasion.

    At the emergency department, they were extremely busy but I was processed quickly. I had an x-ray done which was reviewed by the hospital radiologist which didn't show any broken bones. Initial assessment was lots of swelling, with possible damage to my meniscus. I was also blood and alcohol tested, repeatedly asked if I was wearing a helmet and given pain relief. The attending doctor armed me with a set of crutches and told me to report in with my GP for further assessment.

    Getting Home

    While I was waiting to be processed, I called :skier: and asked him if he could get me home. At 2am he came took me home, and I hobbled upstairs to bed. At this stage my left leg had swollen considerably, particularly around my knee, which you couldn't now see.

    3 Days - 3 Rooms

    For the next 3 days I lay on my back in ripped, sweaty, blood soaked clothes in my bed. My world consisted of my bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. I couldn't bend my knee enough to sit in a chair bending my knee, nor dress myself, I couldn't reach my feet, it was taking me 10-15 min to get to the tiolet etc. Pretty sucky. I existed mainly off orange juice, cereal and microwaved leftovers.

    :skier: came over, took 1 look at me, put a garden chair in the shower, got me into the shower and then into fresh clothes. :skier: left food for a couple of dinner meals and took me on a trip to the coffee shop. So good !!! At this stage I couldn't pick anything off the floor and :skier: did things around my house that were very hard for me to do. Also a much needed re-supply of over the counter pain relief.

    :skier: was in touch to lead me through the administration paperwork I needed to get done. I had to complete a police report within 24 hours and a third party claim within 4 weeks.

    :skier: came over and organised a few more dinners. Also tidied and re-arranged my kitchen. For example, I couldn't reach the bottom 2 levels of my fridge, everything got moved up to the top.

    Without this help, that initial period would have been a lot tougher.

    Off To The GP

    My trip to the GP was delayed until I could bend my knee enough to get in and out of the car. I asked :skier: to accompany me when I saw the GP. Due to the large amount of swelling, the doctor couldn't add too much to what the ER doctor said. He recommended physio with the caveat that I get an MRI should my knee not improve. Yet another resupply of pain medication.

    Working From Home

    I am fortunate in that I am able to work from home. For the next week I logged in remotely, did emails and kept track of what my team was up to. I used Woolies home delivery as well as getting the odd pizza too. Anything to avoid being on my injured leg. :skier: organized home visits by the physio, how good is that ! The swelling on my knee reduced significantly with the exercises the physio gave me when combined with rest, elevation and ice.

    At this stage, I was able to add a new room to my universe, the lounge room !!!

    A Couple of Speedbumps

    I still couldn't properly sit in a chair. Of course at this point I had a water leak. I explained my situation to the plumber, there was a leak, I couldn't bend over to see where the leak was coming from, could they come over and take a look. Luckily, only a minor tap leak, the plumber tightened some hoses and 30 min of work later he was off.

    Then the a/c failed... In the middle of winter... I don't recommend shivering with cold with a bung knee. I called the a/c repairman. Should be able to see you in 2-3 weeks he said.... I made a comment to this affect on the forums. :skier: offered a potential DIY solution. Probably not the smartest thing I've ever done, but I hopped around on one leg, cleaned out the a/c units and reset the a/c error code by pulling the circuit breaker on the house power. Success !!! Heat !!!

    A car !

    My daily driver is a Honda Jazz with a manual transmission. :skier: lent me their car with an automatic transmission. I was now able to drive to and from work !!! Getting some mobility back felt really nice.

    Dark Tidings

    My physio wouldn't commit to a prognosis until the swelling on my knee went down. Once it had, the news wasn't good. She suspected my ACL was gone, requiring a 6-12 month recovery, and I needed that MRI to confirm the damage. I went home very distraught. For those that follow my antics on these forums, they mainly consist of skiing, cycling and hiking. All of which need my legs to be working properly. I'm not ashamed in admitting some tears were shed, the first for me since I learnt that my 17 year marriage had irrevocably broken down. It meant no skiing this year, my plans for next years round the world ski trip were off and I was not in control of my own fate.

    I reached out to :skier: for counsel, who suggested that I contact :skier: for advice. I penned a private message and :skier: got straight back in touch. A couple of phone calls later at silly o'clock :skier: walked me through the process I was about to enter and what steps I needed to take. :skier: also took some follow up actions that positively influenced what happened next.

    MRI Time

    The MRI is a pretty daunting machine, but it did show the damage to my knee. The MRI technician pointed to the problem area, organized an emergency assessment by a specialist. A trip to the GP and then to a Orthopaedic Surgeon. The score at the end was that I had a fractured tibia and torn meniscus. The surgeon said he would have operated if I had been diagnosed earlier, he was surprised that the fracture wasn't picked up by the x-ray and there wasn't much he could do at this point. He sent me away after telling me in no uncertain terms not to do further damage to the knee, come back in 4 weeks after getting a CT scan. On a positive note, I'll be able to ski again possibly by the end of the season and definitely by January. He said I could start on an indoor trainer in a weeks time :)

    Indoor Trainer

    I asked :skier: for help getting an indoor trainer set up. Within the week he set one up in my home.

    I asked :skier: for help, moving furniture around to make space for the indoor trainer. That was done that night.

    I managed 20 min on the trainer, 5 weeks after the incident. Aain, so good to make more progress. I could have done more, but was mindful of the price to pay the next day.

    Perisher Ski Weekend

    For the past few years, a fairly sizeable group of Perisher skiers get together to ski together and have dinner over a very pleasant weekend. For me, a highlight of the year. I have been on a roller coaster of emotions since my accident and was in 2 minds whether to attend or not. I was at the point where I could travel without too much pain, so I could attend dinner, but definitely no skiing :(

    So I decided to forego this event this time around.

    :skier: and :skier: came around for dinner armed with bottles of red. Some things were plainly spoken, the net result was that I attended the dinner at Jindy. :skier:drove me there. As usual, a fantastic event and I was well looked after by all there.

    Moving Further into Recovery

    So once again, thank you to the skicomau community in getting me through the past 5-6 weeks as I move further into recovery. I wish to specifically call out the following forumites in no particular order, you guys rock :)

    @Astro66
    @chicski
    @currawong
    @dawooduck
    @hatto
    @Kletterer
    @Lady Penelope
    @LMB
    @Normo
    @robbo mcs
    @sara777
    @skifree
    @zac150
     
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  2. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hang in there ski bum friend, time, patience and you will be back on skis in good time.

    No rush, there is always another winter somewhere and you have a lot of turns left in your ski life.

    Phil
     
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    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Holy Shiiit.
    Glad to hear you been looked after.
    Well done gang :thumbs:
    Best Wishes mate.
     
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    mr Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thats no good @DidSurfNowSki but really pleased to hear all the help you got. Get well soon.

    I love cycling, rode to work every day for 25+ years, had some stacks, one nasty, and i thought id never lose my nerve.....but i did. I dont ride much any more, mostly due to the unknown capacity of 3rd party drivers. Living where we live my 2 older kids (13,15,) are now on their bikes all the time and i find im torn between their independence and safety. I run alot and walk alot and its an incredible perspective to see how unaware or unthinking many drivers are of vulnerable road users......just not leaving a margin for error. Pedestrian deaths for example are very very high, and im pretty sure bike deaths too. Be careful out there
     
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    Jellybeans Walking on a cloud Ski Pass: Gold

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    Glad to hear you are doing better @DidSurfNowSki. And pleased to here that you had a solid network to rely on.

    A friend of mine got hit by a car backing out at night last week too.
     
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  6. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wow, that's an amazing story, and I hope will have a great ending.

    Thanks for sharing, and I agree, our community is quite amazing
     
  7. kaegee

    kaegee One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good on the :skier::snowboarder: team . Expect to ski with you on the geeen planks soon :thumbs: .
    BTW booked first week Jan in Chamonix last night :)
     
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  8. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Anytime my friend. Well maybe not but you know what I mean ;)
     
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  9. zac150

    zac150 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Karma can be a good thing as well, you give and give so we are all happy to give back!

    Look forward to our first ski erg session next week, seated for you....
     
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    Majikthise Sage Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Awesome thread.
    Awesome people.
     
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  11. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Reading this, I’m sorry I didn’t force my way over sooner :( as a stupidly independent person, I understand and acknowledge how hard it has been to ask and accept help.
     
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  12. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    No, a better friend one could not wish to have.
     
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  13. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yikes
    Glad you're in one piece
    Good job to the CBR team
     
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  14. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Lovely to be included in the group but I’ve done nothing DSNS. I would if I could, and wish you the absolute best for a quick recovery!

    This is an awesome community and I am so glad they’ve been able to provide support when needed.
     
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  15. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    :cry::D
     
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    cqen2l Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Some good people around here.....
     
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    SnowBound One of Us

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    @DidSurfNowSki so glad to hear you're getting better and the support you've had. I know how debilitating injuries can be (it cost me my career). We're all here in support :)
     
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    Get well soon DSNS, from a fellow Canberrian. Sounds like your on the road to recovery. All the best, I'd go mental if I couldn't surf or ski. Fingers crossed you get back on the skis before the seasons finished.
     
  19. sara777

    sara777 A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    You made me cry! :nerd: I am so glad you are better. Motivation is a huge help. If you need any more advice/chat/virtual hugs pm anytime! :emoji_beers:
     
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    robbo mcs One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Happy to help Tony:) I look forward to catching up on the slopes, or on the bike:)
     
  21. Tanuki

    Tanuki A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks for posting this and I hope your recovery is quick and as pain free as possible. Take care.
     
  22. KL.

    KL. One of Us

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    fantastic (help), simple as that really :)
     
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  23. Astro66

    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo Ski Pass: Gold

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    For the first time in forum history, I'm going to be serious with you mate.

    I have personally experienced the darkness that descends from a debilitating injury. And as you know, I'm the most upbeat guy you can meet. So you are not alone.

    It was fabulous you were able to come party with us last night. Everyone wanted you to be there.

    You will recover. You will pin-up more Trail Maps on that wall. Of this, I couldn't be more certain.

    Take care. Keep the PM's coming when you need to. Though I will continue taking the piss in those. ;)

    See you on the mountain soon buddy. :thumbs:

    BTW. Don't get used to this. Astro will return to normal programming now. :p
     
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  24. Normo

    Normo Mostly Harmless Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm surprised you didn't suggest he put on his frilly pink skirt to make the bathroom visits easier.
    Strange times!


    :D:D:D
     
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    southpaw One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    As a Canberra cyclist this really resonated with me. All the best for a speedy recovery.
     
  26. Ozgirl

    Ozgirl A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    What a lovely thread!!

    And you are right. What a lovely community!!
     
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    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    You’ve done amazingly well, Mr T! I wish I could have been there for you more. As always, I’m just a text/message away if you need to download or vent.
     
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  28. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    On the drive back to Canberra this arvo i have never heard comments of such gratitude from anyone. It was quite humbling actualy. You are an awesome individual and an inspiration to many bro.
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Oh man. Great work team...
    Crazy Mr T. Glad you're on the mend.
    I wondered where you'd got to.

    Presumed you were in a Airport, stuck.
     
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    Billy_Buttons A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    derwent One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Overwhelming evidence the caring and giving step up to the plate when called upon one of their own :)
    Great thread and speedy mends @DSNS :thumbs:
     
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    Seafm Too far from the snow Ski Pass: Gold

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    We'll, what can I say? This whole place is just like a big family and everyone looks after each other. I guess this is exactly what ski.com.au is really all about, good times together and helping one of your own that's down on his luck. Get better soon @DidSurfNowSki
     
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    Charlie Still the most depraved poster here Ski Pass: Gold

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    Crikey, that was hard to read, good luck with the rehab, I assume you're in contact with whatever your local flavour of Vicroads is?
     
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    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    Seth Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Surely you are all going to chip in and send him to Canada!
     
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  36. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not needed, that trip is already booked and paid for next year. But I do need this leg to heal properly so that it's a skiing trip and not a museum/sightseeing one.

    Also, last night was the first time I've had an uninterrupted full night's sleep since getting hurt. Should have written this post earlier ;)
     
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    cruisin along A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    What an amazing tale of friendship and support ...it is very special to be part of a community that matters even when they challenge your thoughts.
    The darkness does descend when you are injured and it’s your legs that you use to get everywhere independently and you start thinking am I ever going to be the same again........will I ever do the things I love or will I be curtailed early.
    Rehabilitation is imperative to your recovery but just as important is time.......I never would have thought 8 months ago my 2 new knees would ever be able to do the same things they did 10 years ago but they are and I hold out hope that one day they may even propel me down a Snow White slope with ease. And if they never get to that stage I am happy just being able to enjoy the scenery and the company.

    I look forward to seeing your continued plans for the OS trip and the pics of you and your presently bung knee enjoying everything that life has to offer.....

    And WOW what a wonderful community to be part of .
     
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    A community supports it's members.

    Great to see that support for one in need. All the best on your recovery DSNS. I look forward to your trip report from your upcoming ski sojourn.
     
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    Oh mate, I was hoping you were pretty much mended by now. I would have been of help and comfort, but I was busy, and you are an interloper from that other place.

    I did lend you a bike once though!

    This is an awesome community, I have made many good friends.
     
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    Well done Canberra and P team. Glad you made DSNS join in the weekend, is a great time and very important aspect of the rehab process, having some fun. One day I'll return to the other place and enjoy a ski/board with you all, particularly DSNS again
     
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    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hope your recovery goes great DSNS and you are back sooner rather than later:thumbs:
     
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    Zimbooo One of Us

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    Straylha .......... Mates helping mates. Long may it continue.
    Well done to all. Maaaarvelous effort / support that.
    All the best with the recovery DSNS.
     
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    @DidSurfNowSki damm, get off that crutch and onto a cane, much more civilised.

    My thanks to the huge effort than many people made to help out a fellow person. I was a bit far away in ADL to understand how messed up :blb: life was for DSNS and how a little bit of help could have gone a long way.

    I'm a bit closer for a while so don't hesitate to wave a flag.

    Sorry I can't help with mining bitcoin, I've a garden to dig in my spare time.
     
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    Wow, just caught up on this thread now. Well done team, glad to hear you're in great hands DSNS, what an ordeal.
     
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    So often blokes think that others know what they're thinking / enduring, while other blokes think he's OK just a little winded... But too often not saying whats up kinda builds up and suddenly ther's baggage dragging along behind.
    So glad you've let it out and shared the doubts and emotion and had the right people around you to help. Reckon you've jettisioned a whole heap of crap the last couple of weeks and it's mainly been your doing.:thumbs:
    Whatever happens medically, I hope the outcome is as good as it can be. And if you wanna talk about skiing with a dicky knee, I'll pour the beer or share a run or more.....
    Well done Tony.
     
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  46. Moondog55

    Moondog55 One of Us

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    Great post.
    I hope recovery is swift and fast and quick. The good news was you not being more seriously injured or dead. Sometimes life sucks and sometimes forums throw up heroes.
    Well done all these forum heroes
     
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