Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tough Break

Check out what Austin decided to do...


No, that's not a totally rad sleeve tattoo, but it is a totally broken arm - IN THREE PLACES!... which is why the cast goes all the way from his thumb to his armpit.

Yeah, ouch is right. He snapped it while competing in a strong-man arm wrestling competition. I hate it when that happens.

What's that? You're not buying it? I don't see why not. Could happen.

Here's a stretch... he broke it while doing some kind of trick off of a 10' half-pipe at the local snowboard hill yesterday. Apparently he missed the landing and fell down the face of the half-pipe, and tried to break his fall with his hand. Instead he broke his hand with his fall. And his wrist. And his arm.

He's not in much pain but he's totally bummed that he'll be off his snowboard and (God forbid) HIS SKATEBOARD for at least 6 weeks. I've seen him seriously jonesing after not being able to skate for 2 weeks, so I'm quite sure this is going to kill him.

Anyway, I'm not complaining too much since we've gone 15 years without a broken bone in this family. I just hope he hasn't broken our lucky streak!

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Isn't it a cool thing to have an injury?? Just kidding. Hope you're not in too much pain. Well, at least when you do it, you do it right! Dont ask grandpa Lee what his dad used to say! Take care sweetie--thinking of ya!
Aunt Cindy

Kathy said...

Yikes Austin! Way to do it up good. At least the cast is cool. When I broke my wrist, mine was very boring and it was the kind you couldn't write on. That one rocks.

Six weeks'll go by like that!

G said...

Ooh - here's to a most speedy recovery Austin. My little guy broke his femur and five weeks flew (maybe not so much at the time :)

Anonymous said...

Austin, honey---I am SO sorry!!!! I feel so bad for you!!! I am grateful, tho, it's your arm, and not a neck or back break that could have paralyzed you, for life!!!That is one, cool cast!!! Love you--Grandma

Phil said...

Ouch! I thought you were going to say he had his arm broken during a particularly rough city council meeting. You know how politicians can be!

Anonymous said...

If Austin has to keep his arm straight out in his cast, he should see if he can get a job at a state park this summer. It would help to point out points of interest.

Drowsey Monkey said...

Ouch ... my tummy flipped a bit when you described that...and he's not in much pain! Tough dude!

Drowsey Monkey said...

Oh, I meant to add, I broke my arm as a kid, and when the cast came off ... mom kept it as a flower vase. Plastic flowers, of course. Until the cast started to smell...which was about a year later. Gotta love moms.

Dave2 said...

Yikes.

But that is one awesome cast, however. :-)

Jeff said...

cindy - Ah, the most classic Bill-ism of all time... "Don't feel sorry for someone dumb enough to get hurt." Thank you for reminding me of that one.

kathy - God I hope so. You don't know how long 6 weeks is to a kid who needs to skate every day.

lil' g - Thanks. Flying by would be good.

mom - I agree, it definitely could have been a lot worse.

phil - At least he has a good club to use as a gavel.

bill - Or to direct people into their parking spots.

drowsey monkey - I have a feeling my wife may save this one too. I mean anyone who saves baby teeth. I'm just saying.

dave - Yeah, they sure didn't make them like that when we were kids.

Zoe's Dad said...

Dude, that bites!

At least it's winter and you don't have to mess with heat, humidity and sweaty, stinky cast. I almost said itchy but it's probably going to itch. Good louck.

Windyridge said...

Oh how strange! Your boy almost has his board stolen. Mine did. My boy breaks his collar bone three weeks ago and yours follows suit and then some. Kindred spirits? Great cast. I will definitely have my son check it out. He had a boring old collar strap and looked like Quaisimodo. Get well soon Austin!
BTW Mike is snowboarding all day tomorrow. 1st time since the break.

Jennine said...

Oh that gives me the mother shivers!

Austin...if it helps you feel any better, I'm giving up snowboarding until you're back on your feet because that's just the kind of friend I am.

Feel better, Kiddo. You're in my prayers.

Mooselet said...

That is one sweet looking cast! Not that I ever broke a bone when I was a kid - stitches were more my thing - but they were boringly white. If he has to break a bone or three, at least it's in winter. Plus he can use it to keep unruly councillors in line with an "accidental" whack now and again.

Hope your feeling better soon Austin!

Heather said...

Wow, they didn't make casts like that when I was a kid. I have to say that I'm impressed your family has been break-free for this long. Hope the time goes by quickly for him!

The Holmes said...

ouch...but at least he knows he'll look cool with the sleeve tattoo.

PG said...

oh, that blows! If he has to get it replaced at some point, ask about a waterproof cast. It will make showers and such much more reasonable.

Mom Thumb said...

The whole broken bone/cast scenario is such a drag. Especially when you are 700 miles from home, the kid gets the cast soaked and you have to go to Normandale and get it recast.

So sorry about the arm, Austin, but I agree with Grandma, glad it wasn't worse. Feel better soon.

Julie Pippert said...

Ouch! Quick and complete bone healing wishes, and time passes quickly.

Karl said...

Damn, that's a cool cast. You know I've never broken a bone (knock on wood). I tore ligaments when I was 20 or so, but that's about it.

Hope he's back on the board in no time.

VE said...

Bummer Austin! I emphasize because I broke the very same arm 11 years ago (five places and have plates to this day). The cast looks hauntingly familiar. Tell him he's lucky, mine was on as a full cast for 12 weeks. Having broken ribs now, I've decided that since Evel Knievel passed on that I would take over his bone breaking legacy. So far its been neck, back, nose, arm, hand, ribs, and toe. Just wait til I get a motorcycle...

Jeff said...

Hey everyone... Austin says a big "THANKS!" to all of you for your wishes. He's going insane from the itching now so that sucks, so hopefully that will subside soon.

Anyone have any experience with how long that lasts?

Marie said...

At least he broke it in a cool way. Usually when people injure themselves they've done something stupid, like forget to set the parking brake and run themselves over.

We have a friend who's a quadrapalegic. He says he was in the Navy Seals, and that the cause of his condition is highly sensitive and he can't tell. We like to joke that he probably slipped on a wet floor or something and is embarassed to say.

rick said...

uncle rick says...
Hey Austin, sorry about the end of snowboarding season. Your bones are going to need lots of calcium to heal quickly. I recommend two Tums, and five glasses of milk everyday. Get well soon.

Theresa said...

Ouch! But hey, at least the cast is pretty cool looking, and I hope at least he got some days off school.

Anonymous said...

Did Dr Pete from the Receeders do the bone work? He is a bone specialist, isn't he?---Bill

Anonymous said...

Wow! How nice of everyone to send Austin such well wishes although I think it is Jeff and I who need the sympathy. He has officially driven us insane with "aughhh there is nothing to do" "why can't I skate" "this is stupid that I can't snowboard, what am i E-V-E-R going to do." AND it has only been about 32 hours in a cast-help!!! The only good part is he let me rub his back til he fell asleep last night because the itching was so bad, I miss those days. Teens barely say hi to you so to get to spend 20 minutes rubbing the kids back was a little taste of heaven....Mrs. H

Caron said...

My first thought was, why, why were you outside at all this week? It's barely made 0 for high a temp! You are obviously a braver soul than myself!

Stay warm and heal quickly. No itching.

Windyridge said...

Not sure about how long the itch lasts. My husband got an old antenna and used that to scratch when he broke his ankle!

VE said...

The itch lasts until the smell arrives. Sometimes the itch comes back and or is in different places. The itches will subside when the cast comes off and your arm feels like a weak pencil.

Isn't that so wonderful to look forward too? But on the plus side you can take a shower without a garbage bag...

Mom Thumb said...

Charlie, my comment about the whole thing being a drag was from the parents' perspective. Trying to figure out ways to keep a cast from toe to hip dry, ways to scratch without tearing skin and causing infection, and yes, trying not to tear out your hair with the whining about nothing to do. While I feel bad for Austin, as a mom, my sympathies are with you. :-)

Shieldmaiden96 said...

I predict surreptitious skateboarding in 3- 3 1/2 weeks. You might want to lock it in the trunk of your car. He strikes me as a 'cast as a badge of honor' sort of kid. Especially a cast that rocks that hard.