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Old November 27 2009, 09:33 PM   #31
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Re: Your worst injuries

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It was only an arm and I was only 2 yrs old. It happened in one day and was over. They was no lingering suffering or issues. I've grown up fine and had a great time along the way.

Today I'm retired from 30 years as a photojournalist and next week I hope to go cavediving with friends (I'm the only fullcave certified diver in the world with one arm).

So things could have been much worse.
ONLY an arm.

Okay, see your point though, you've made it just fine. And managed to do very very cool things (I graduate from photojournalism school next year..)
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Old November 27 2009, 09:37 PM   #32
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3) today, was fiddling on my iphone while riding my bike along the sidewalk. A guy suddenly started backing out of his driveway in front of me, and I had to break suddenly. Having only one hand to steer with, I lost balance and landed face first on the pavement. Some bruises and a chipped tooth. Will need to get that one fixed. No fear about riding the bike, as I just kept going, but I may have gained some additional common sense.
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Old November 27 2009, 09:40 PM   #33
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Age 7: My uncle owned a large farm and had a brush trimmer attached to his farm tractor (a long flat poll with lots of spikes on it; they "scissor" back and forth to cut the tall brush). It was in the upright position (but tilted back wit the spikes pointing slightly upwards) to prevent it from being stepped on and broke. I decided to climb up it like a latter (climbing on the spikes, which stuck out about 8" each). I slipped and fell, landing on the spikes in such a way that caused one spike to pierce my scrotum, cut out the back, then re-penetrate going in through my crotch and cut all the way to the femur on my right leg. I was left there, dangling, until my screams were heard by my brother, who then ran into my unlce's house screaming that I had my wiener cut off on the tractor.

Worst part, having my mother (who was a med student) there during the surgery.

Age 7: Same year, just later, I was attacked by two German shepherds that tore off my right ear, tore my cheek away from the jaw and cheek bone, ripped a large chunk of flesh from my legg and left me bleeding until my brother and father arrived to save me. Took several reconstructive operations to fix my right ear and right cheek.

Age 11: I was involved in a serious car accident that fractured two vertebrae, herniated a back muscle, broke my foot and left me in the hospital for quite a time. Worst part: the catheter I was given in the ER. That hurt worse than anything else.

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Old November 27 2009, 10:38 PM   #34
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Well my mother has told me a few times that when i was a baby i fell down a flight of stairs and in her words 'cracked my head open'. I don't remember it but it really does explain alot.

when i was a kid i sprained both my wrist jumping off a water truck, ran into a barb wire fence fell off some playground equipment almost breaking my nose and bruised some ribs. I was also it in the face with a wooden plank by a friend.
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Old November 27 2009, 10:40 PM   #35
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DAMN STRING.... talk about a traumatic childhood!

I'd vote you the thread wiener.
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Old November 27 2009, 11:48 PM   #36
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I'm saddened to here of these injuries; again, I hope no-one has suffered too much trauma over them.
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Old November 27 2009, 11:55 PM   #37
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Re: Your worst injuries

I was taking down a flag at work a few years ago and I fell off the ladder. Came down right on my nose...didn't break it, but lacerated it pretty badly (still have the scar). To this day I refuse to get on ladders for any reason.

I think I was lucky I landed on my nose and not my head. If it had been the latter, I would probably have died.
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Old November 28 2009, 12:03 AM   #38
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Re: Your worst injuries

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3) today, was fiddling on my iphone while riding my bike along the sidewalk. A guy suddenly started backing out of his driveway in front of me, and I had to break suddenly. Having only one hand to steer with, I lost balance and landed face first on the pavement. Some bruises and a chipped tooth. Will need to get that one fixed. No fear about riding the bike, as I just kept going, but I may have gained some additional common sense.


I hope it knocked a lot more than "some" common sense in you.
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Old November 28 2009, 03:12 AM   #39
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i forgot to mention when i injured my sciatic nerve not sure how i did it but i have been in that much pain in my life.
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Old November 28 2009, 03:43 AM   #40
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I'm saddened to here of these injuries; again, I hope no-one has suffered too much trauma over them.
Just my dignity. The only one that occasionally still gets me is the ankle--I think it's weaker than the other ankle so I have to watch how I walk.

As far as most embarrassing injury, I only got skinned knees as far as actual damage, but here's the story.

I was wrapping this woman's package (I worked at a shipping center), and I'd just got done asking her if it was fragile. Well, I come back around the corner to process it, and I couldn't see the ground for the package, and I tripped over a low-lying cart. I flipped all the way over the cart and the box went flying. The customers saw this and some of my fellow employees.

God, I was SO embarrassed!
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Old November 28 2009, 03:45 AM   #41
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I've never had really serious injuries. I've come close to death a couple of times, but from illness, not injury.

I've broken a bone only once, this past summer, actually. I stubbed my toe on a freeweight left in the middle of the floor in a dark room (my mother felt so guilty).

I've been in two bicycle accidents: the first, when I was seven, was pretty severe. The chain broke on my Strawberry Shortcake bicycle as I was going down a steep hill. I toppled over and sped down the hill on my side. It was summer so I had on only little shorts and a bikini top, and I got road rash down my leg, side, and arm. On top of that, the handlebar of my bike impaled me in the stomach. It wasn't terribly deep, but it was still rather gruesome. Fortunately, an old couple were driving down the hill and saw me fall, the took me home.
The other biking accident was here in NYC. An idiot woman opened her cab door into traffic without looking, even though on the inside of every NYC taxi there is a big sticker that reads: WATCH FOR CYCLISTS. Stupid woman. The door got me right in the hand, pinching my fingers. I was wearing cycling gloves so I didn't realize I was hurt; I was put off balance but didn't fall, scowled at the woman, and road off. About ten minutes later I was riding along wondering why my hand felt so wet. I stopped and pulled off my glove and found it full of blood; while the gloves prevented and scraping or gouging, the pinch basically caused a finger to burst, leaving a gash about half the length of my ring finger.

When I was two I was attacked by a dog at a public park, which got me by the throat and dragged me off the slide. I've been told that the bone where it bit me in my chin was exposed, but I don't really remember, and have only a small scar and a bunch of photos of me with a bandage tied around my head to show for it.
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Old November 28 2009, 03:58 AM   #42
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My god. After reading all of the posts here, especially Blood and String's, mine are nothing.

Worst injury was the second time I broke my nose. I got into a fight in high school and decided it would be a good thing to take on two guys twice my size. I ended up getting face-planted into a cinder block wall. It broke my nose horizontally in two places and also split it up the middle to the base of my brow bone. One of the horizontal fractures went all the way into my left occipital bone. I also tore the cartilage in the end of my nose loose and collapsed several sinus cavities. I was a mess for about two months and I still have issues with it. (But I refuse to have the "nose job" that would fix it.) But I have to admit it was worth it. No one ever called me a faggot again, even in college. I wear it as a badge of honor. The queer fought back and almost won. (I also still have the scars on my knuckles where I knocked out the front teeth of one of the guys.)

The only other really bad one (and I do have a few including both my knees) was when I mangled my right shoulder five years ago. I was up on a ladder hanging a very large, very expensive picture in a house I was decorating when the hanging wire broke. Instinct kicked in and I decided to catch this 85lb piece of artwork before it shattered on the floor. Needless to say I saved the piece but managed to tear several ligaments, muscles and my rotator cuff. To this day I can't raise my right arm straight out from my side or over my head without some excruciating pain. But unlike my nose, I plan on having it fixed. It kills me when it rains or gets cold.
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Old November 28 2009, 04:00 AM   #43
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I remember this date well: May 11, 2005.

I'm out in my front yard gathering leaves when all of a sudden I have the back pain from hell. It hurt so bad I could barely walk. Lasted for almost a week.

Never did find out what was responsible--I guess I just bent over wrong when I was gathering the leaves.
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Old November 28 2009, 04:01 AM   #44
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I hope it knocked a lot more than "some" common sense in you.
We'll be able to tell how much exactly, by the time it takes for me to make another stupid oversight.

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Is this an example of Darwinism?
Yes, I survived, therefore I'm the fittest.

Really though, I dunno why I rode and fiddled. I usually stop for such things. It's not like I was doing it the entire 20 min. ride home, so that it was bound to happen. I took it out for a couple seconds to check whether I had a band in there.. Bad luck the guy popped out at the exact same moment, but it may be better it happened early on in my carless career, before I started getting even more courageous with bicycle antics.
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Old November 28 2009, 04:11 AM   #45
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I hope it knocked a lot more than "some" common sense in you.
We'll be able to tell how much exactly, by the time it takes for me to make another stupid oversight.
Riding a bike, one handed, while messing with a cell-phone shouldn't be something one has to "learn" not to do and be seen as a oversight.
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