The closest I ever got was maybe laying in a chair for half an hour and getting braces, and as you may know that is a virtually painless procedure, not including the feeling 4 hours after they’re on. Anyways back to the point, naturally I was pretty nervous. The surgery was going to happen tomorrow around 10. That meant I got the luxury of spending a night at home which at the end of the day was not a luxury at all. It was more of a hassle, it meant that I would be spending the night in an uncomfortable awkward sitting position, and waking up to retake my painkillers. Oh and just in case you were wondering it was Percocet, and honestly it was not that exciting, it just made me real tired all the time. Anyways with the help of my roommate Tyler, I did spend the night almost sleeping, it was like a half daze, but I did here some weird noises going on in the house, or at least I thought I heard some stuff, maybe it was all in my head, who knows.
Many of you may have played the game night crawlers, now it was like that but standing up, and me trying my best to use gravity to get the cloths I had on off, and then using my right arm and hospital bed to get the gown up. Finally after that little incident I was helped into the bed and once again put on some pre surgery pain killers. These pain killers were interesting, less of a floatty feeling more of a fuzzy comfy feeling. Next we were moving, rolling through the halls of the hospital, I gotta say that was pretty fun, felt like I was a real life race car driver…
Now me being as curious as I am once we got into the operation room I was trying to get a good look at everything. I saw some nurses, Dr. Sauerbrey, monitors and then I happened to see a table covered in an assortment of metal. It was like something you would find at a hardware store, there were some screws, some drill type instruments, and or course scalpels. Inside I had a sudden sense of fear, but next thing you know I was asleep.
The predicted recovery time before I could start training again was 2 weeks, with the rest of the team heading off to Europe It was decided that I would spend those 2 weeks back at home working with a team of Physio therapists and chiropractors. My mom would be flying in that night and we would be on our way back to Canada the next day.
The surgery was no problem, and with everyone’s support and care it made the entire process go by much faster and easier. When I initially broke my collar bone I was expecting months to go by before I could be skiing again. And with the predicted time of 2 weeks I was truly happy, I knew that I would be back in Steamboat in no time, and that soon I could put this all behind me.
Thank you everyone,