Monday, January 09, 2012

An evil stair case?

About two years ago, I was walking down our stairs with a big box in my hand.  My foot slipped on the last step and I fell forward.  Fortunately, I was unscathed.  Unfortunately my injury-free landing was mostly due to my holding the box in front of me and letting it slam into the wall, taking out a chunk of drywall.  Better it than me.

Julie wasn't so lucky.  Last week, the same evil flight of stairs caught her with some Christmas decorations.  She ended up twisting an ankle on the way down and was in a lot of pain.  We did the x-ray thing to make sure nothing was broken and then she did a very good job over the last few days of RICE:  Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.  It is the first time Julie has EVER been on crutches. 

Today she went to a local doctor to make sure it was a sprain and not a ligament tear (which can require surgery).  Here's her doctor.  Recognize him?

Probably not, but let's try again.

It's Eric Heiden.  I am slowly getting used to running into Olympic competitors on the streets of Park City but this is amazing.  For those who recognize the name, but not all the details, he won five speed skating gold medals in the 1980 Olympics, set gobs of world records, and eventually became a professional bike racer, even riding in the Tour de France.

In addition to meeting one of the most successful athletes of our time, Julie found out that there are no torn ligaments and she can start easing back in normal life.  As with so many injuries here in Park City, the recovery plan is "Let pain be your guide."  They should save time and just put that on the highway exit sign coming off I-80.
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