Went back to the Ortho doctor last night. He has taken off even the brace.
He says the bone is cracked just below the knee, but if that was all that
was wrong he would tell me to but an Ace bandage on it and wait for it to
The big problem is that the tendon is torn. He says that my foot must have
twisted inwards, twisting the tendon and ripping it, and the same to the
bone. He says I can walk on it and don't have to worry about putting
weight on it. I can walk on it as long as I can stand the pain.
I tried it, I cant stand the pain. But I have found that I can walk on it
with a cane, so I don't need the brace and don't need the crutches, so this
makes working a little easier. He said that it will take about 6 to 8
weeks to heal, no sports till then.
He said that in about 8 weeks I will be able to tap dance again. That is
really cool because I couldn't tap dance before.
So, it appear the real culprit was that I landed and twisted my ankle.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Mark
Sent: Monday, July 23, 2012 9:09 PM
To: weowntheskiest...@gmail.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cc: David Cantrell
Subject: Re: CPC: Re: Incident at Bald Butte Saturday
That is correct. It was not a femur fracture, but a fibula fracture (small
bone behind your shinbone). I got an update from Patrick today. Stable
fracture, no surgery.
Here is some generic info I looked up:
Fibular fractures in adults are typically due to trauma. Isolated fibular
fractures comprise the majority of ankle fractures in older women, occurring
in approximately 1 to 2 of every 1000 white women each year [
Fibular fractures may also occur as the result of repetitive loading and in
this case they are referred to as stress fractures.
In older adults, the key risk factor for fractures of the fibular or tibial
shaft appears to be bone mass. Factors that reduce bone mass had greater
impact than overall health status or other risk factors for falling.
Cigarette smoking is another important risk factor for fibular fractures [
Athletes engaged in sports that involve cutting, particularly those
associated with contact or collision, have a higher incidence of fibular
Typical examples include American football, soccer, and rugby. Participants
in downhill winter sports have relatively high rates of fibular fractures.
These are more common in snowboarding than skiing, and fracture patterns are
different for each. Skiers often fracture the proximal third of the tibia
and also the fibula, whereas snowboarders are more likely to sustain
isolated fractures of the distal third of the fibula. They can also occur
in paragliding due to impact with the ground.
I made up that last line...
From: gabe <weowntheskiest...@gmail.com>
Cc: David Cantrell <davecantre...@yahoo.com>
Sent: Monday, July 23, 2012 7:13 PM
Subject: CPC: Re: Incident at Bald Butte Saturday
I thought the femur was above the knee? Sorry to hear about Patrick. I
know that from experience any given LZ looks a lot bigger from the ground
than it does from the air. Another way to improve tight LZ capabilities
greatly is to become proficient in the use of a paramotor. Motors afford
the ability to practice landing a thousand times more frequently than free
flight, and also when you have 75 lbs of awkward engine on your back you
tend to try and hit the spot that is closest to the car as you can. It has
made me MUCH more confident in tight LZ use.
On Monday, July 23, 2012 6:26:59 PM UTC-7, Dave Cantrell wrote:
Well, the spring carnage continues, even though we are well into the flying
season. There was another paraglider incident Saturday. The incident
occurred at Bald Butte, in the LZ at the Ranger Station.
Mark S., Patrick J., and I went to fly Bald Butte. Patrick J. landed in the
pear trees (two rows in). He missed the tree, however the glider did not and
was draped across the tree. He was injured but still able to walk around.
The injury occurred when he hit the ground standing upright. Patrick
exhibited progressive pain by the time we got the glider out of the tree so
we made a trip to the emergency room. The word I got was the femur bone was
cracked below the knee.
The land owner was also very upset. The pears were still green and we
knocked a bunch of them off the tree. The landowner did provide a ladder
and poles to assist getting the glider out of the tree. The farmer would
not accept any compensation for the lost crop, he just wanted us off his
property. The farmers eldest son suggested we visit his wifes fruit stand
up the road and make a purchase, so we did.
The farmer had a brilliant suggestion also, one that I have heard somewhere,
I just can't remember where. It may have been during our beginner training,
mentoring program, clinics, site guides, pop-up windows. Anyway, he
suggested people should not fly there that cannot land in a LZ of that size
(which is just smaller than a soccer field).
1. No, we don't need to post ladders and poles at the site when we go
2. No, we don't need another pop-up window on the site quide.
On a more serious note though :
1. Make sure your radios are in working order. I was originally hanging
out at 3K ft. trying to hook a thermal and a mile away from the LZ, when I
observed the pilots glider drapped across a tree. I could not see the pilot
moving around. I radioed the pilot multiple times but got no response. I
started sinking out because of lack of concentration, so I pushed out to go
land and see what was going on in the LZ. It turns out, the pilots radio
keeps jumping frequencies and won't lock.
2. Pilots just have to know what their limitations are. Even if a pilot
has a restricted LZ sign-off, if your skills are rusty, perhaps you should
fly elsewhere or plan ahead to land elsewhere. The LZ conditions were light
North wind and light thermic action. I did not experience any abnormal
conditions flying out to the LZ from launch.
Anyway, I am glad Patrick's injury was not more serious. It really bothers
me to see my fellow flying buddies get injured.
3. Be very familiar with how to perform a parachute landing fall
(PLF). I have done hundreds of them and in my opinion they are much safer
to do than trying to
stand upright upon landing. It's just more convenient to stand
upright upon landing. You can do a safe PLF traveling backwards, sideways,
straight down. I have done them all, at night, in foggy
conditions, and loaded with equipment. The trick to performing a PLF is to
become so familiar
with them that you can PLF without having to think about how to
do one, because the need to PLF in this sport is usually a split second
Thats all for now, I need a beer !