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Just after Christmas Shawn and I went to Squaw Valley in Tahoe for 4 days of snowboarding. Mid afternoon on day 1, I took a pretty good fall. I caught the heel side edge of my board which pulled me down backwards. I was wearing a helmet thankfully, but instinctively I put my hands down to catch myself. Instantly, I was nervous about the impact. I sat up and actually just sat on the slope for at least 5 minutes. I still had a significant amount that I had to traverse before I was at the bottom. I was extremely cautious the rest of the way done as my right wrist was quite sore. When I turned, I would move my arms to counterbalance the change in position of the board. Every time I did so, I could feel the blood rushing to my wrist causing a slight throb of pain.

Once down, I went back to our room and put some ice on my wrist. It was starting to swell and I was unable to do anything with that hand such as carry my board or even unzip my jacket, so I decided to visit the medical facility. Well, to make a long story short, I broke the distal edge of my radius in two places. In other words, I broke my right arm near the wrist. One break is perpendicular to the bone and should heal just fine with no lasting effect. The other break is right where the radius articulates with the bones of your wrist. If you imagine a dog bone with a bulbous end, I have a crack that is separating the top part of one of those bumps from the rest of the bone. Depending on the width of that fracture, it is possible that it will need to be pinned. I have an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon on Wednesday to see if that is necessary.

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Comment by Magilla on January 1, 2008 at 4:37pm
DOH!! Thats not good...You guys should have come up to visit us & the Tobish's...Then that fall would have been in the DEEP POWDER of Mt Bachelor and less of a chance for injury...:-)

Get well..say hi to "louie"..

Peace
Comment by vanza on December 31, 2007 at 10:06pm
Hi Juliana,

Sorry to hear about your fall....Hope all is well with you and Shawn. I hope we have the opportunity to cross paths someday soon!!

Vanza
Comment by Juliana on December 31, 2007 at 4:16pm
Yah, I'm much better on skis than I am on a board. I think it is safe to say I will go back to skis next time.
Comment by David McCormack on December 31, 2007 at 4:01pm
what a bummer :(

I never got the hang of snow boarding and stayed with ski's.
I busted my butt too many times just going down small hills. I couldnt even imagine trying to get off a lift on a snow board.

I wish you a speedy recovery!

Have a happy new year!
Comment by doot on December 31, 2007 at 3:32pm
Youch! Good luck with your surgery and recovery. Let's hope 2008 is kinder to you..Happy new year.
Comment by Johnny Sias on December 31, 2007 at 3:20pm
Really hate to hear about your accident. I'm sure you will make a full recovery and be back to your true form. Tell Shawn I said hi.
Comment by Juliana on December 31, 2007 at 2:46pm
Thanks, Brian.

I had not thought of that, you are right,this would have been heart breaking if I was still on the road.
Comment by King Mullet on December 31, 2007 at 2:44pm
Sorry to read about that Juliana, at least you dont have to worry about playing golf for your living anymore. That is why I have not done any skiing in the last 6 years. Wish I did not have to rely on some of my golf winnings or I would be back on the slopes again. I miss it.

Good health to you. Say hello to Shawn 4 me.

Peace
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Comment by Juliana on December 31, 2007 at 2:07pm
I will. It really doesn't hurt that much, but it sure is awkward. I'm somewhat used to it though as this is my 6th break and the 5th time that I've broken an arm!!!
Comment by Rob Kelly on December 31, 2007 at 1:59pm
So sorry to hear of your injury. Keep it elevated to decrease the throbbing pain. Keep that appointment with the orthopod and good luck!

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