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Rude awakening
« on: April 16, 2018, 03:16:55 AM »

So, Saturday evening one of my younger brothers and I decided to go roller skating for the first time in many years; it'll be fun, what could go wrong?  The first hour was fun after I got my feet under me again.  That second hour, well...  I quickly realized that at 56 years old (and quickly approaching 57) recovering from a fall takes a lot longer than it did when I was a teenager or in my 20's.  Both of my feet came out from under me and landed, HARD, on my back!  I sprained my right wrist, my back from the my neck down to my tailbone is as sore as I have ever experienced and my left hip is quite sore from from the fall.  It must have been comical watching me trying to get out of bed yesterday morning.  Thankfully I have this week off from work and the weather has been miserable so it's forcing me to stay indoors and take it easy for a couple of days.  I had planned to rake my lawns but if I want to do that now I'd have to clear the snow and ice first.  It can wait.  Roger 
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Re: Rude awakening
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 08:35:06 AM »

I had something similar happen a few years back. Went skating for the first time in probably 20 years. Hadn't really got my feet under me yet when I, too, had my feet go out and I landed on my back and cracked my head hard on the ice. Saw stars and probably blacked out for a few seconds. I decided that, at the age of almost 70, skating was not a wise move so I got off the ice, removed my skates and made a promise to myself never to try that again. I took the skates to goodwill the next day. "A man has got to know his own limitations." Harry Callahan. :'( :)
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Re: Rude awakening
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2018, 08:53:43 AM »

Some of my buddies keep pestering me to go Kart racing again. I enjoy the hell out of it especially when you get enough people together and can rent the facilities for a morning. However after getting rear ended a few years ago (3 bulging discs and a ruptured) Im afraid Id have the same realization as the previous posters, as quite frankly running Karts with zero suspension tended to make me sore for 2-3 days anyways.
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Re: Rude awakening
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2018, 06:35:21 PM »

I skated once when I was 6. Cracked my dome on the ice and never tried again. Bought new rollerblades about 9 years ago, for some reason, and they had JUST tarred the road past my house. About 1/2 mile up, there is a big curve on a pretty substantial hill, with a gravel road that tees into the new asphalt. Welp, maiden voyage on the blades, I started rolling down that hill. Had to be doing about 147 MPH the way it felt, and plowed into the bed of gravel that was drug out of that side road onto the tar. Got down real low thinking I could ride it out, which only made me go faster. So 3/4 of the way down that hill I was about to break the sound barrier and made the educated decision to aim for the ditch instead of go down on the asphalt. It was some sh!t out of a cartoon; left blade jammed into the shoulder and stuck there- foot came out and there I went cartwheeling through the reed canary. Woke up barefoot aside from my left sock and hobbled my bloody corpse down the boiling hot asphalt 3/4 mile home, barefoot, with my left rollerblade in my hand. Never did find the right one or my sock. So that's my cool rollerblading story. Rode a skateboard once for about 12 feet and wiped that out too, making my elbow into a green softball. I'm no longer allowed to touch things with wheels
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Re: Rude awakening
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2018, 08:41:33 AM »

Well, I'm feeling better today.  The parts that hurt like heck Sunday and yesterday, don't hurt as bad or not at all.  I'm gaining some motion in my injured wrist (a long way to go yet) but getting better.  My back doesn't hurt at all and my hip is feeling better albeit still some lingering pain if I turn the wrong way.  Maybe there's hope for me after all.  Roger
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