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Injury Summary

NOTE: This resource was created before I had begun to decolonize my way of thinking, and should be read carefully. It may present beliefs or assumption that don't match what I currently believe.

Injury Summary is a(n) essay

it is about emsenn

it was released on Nov 1, 2014

NOTE: This is about an injury that happened in 2014.

Since people keep asking me, here's a status outlining the “end” result of my accident/injuries. Figure the best way to do this is a head-to-toe approach. Summary: I walk with a cane and will until I'm older and science either has advanced a fair chunk, or I regress back to more stabilizing equipment.

I broke a cervical vertebrae or two. There was no surgery, just a brace for about a month; my helmet did an outstanding job protecting my head and keeping my neck stable.

I broke a few more vertebra in my back, most notably the second one down in my lumbar (lower back.) Apparently, the technical term for what happened to my L2 is an “explosive fracture.” Essentially what happened is the knobbily bit of the spine (the bit you can feel if you touch your back) broke off, and got wedged inside my spinal column. There's nothing really to be done here; over time the intrusion will dissolve.

My right leg had some fractures… generally all over, and the kneecap basically came off. They made a new one out of SCIENCE, and it does a pretty good job. It can't bend very quickly (it feels like what happens when you try and push an automated door fast,) and will probably need to be swapped out in a decade or so, but I'm mad happy with the job UNC Hospitals did.

My left leg was totally messed up, below the knee, and as a result is about 3/4 of an inch shorter than my right leg. It's also mostly made out of metal (though slowly the bone is becoming more dense and stable.) Right now, my bone is soft enough that if you'd poke my leg, it'd feel more like the hard bridge of your nose, than the bone in your arm. Also, the ligaments which make up my knee are in subtly wrong spots.

The height difference, the softness of the bone, and the misaligned ligaments are the things which give me the most difficulty walking. The last two are going to slowly change (slowly, over years), whereas the height difference is something that is permanent, though my hips will shift to compensate (giving me hip problems down the line.) Putting inserts in my shoes helps, but less than you'd think. Until the ligaments and bone strengthen, I'm reliant on a cane for more than walking around the house, but hopefully a few years down the line the cane will become a thing I carry in case I get tired, not in case I have to walk 10 meters.