Here are some more pictures of the day of the accident. No one on the mountain had a camera so we don’t have any pictures of the actual position of the leg. When I hit the tree I looked down and the bottom half of my leg was at a 90 degree angle to the rest of my leg. I thought for sure it was a compound fracture and that I would have bones sticking out all over the place. These pictures were taken with a camera phone once I had been airlifted to the hospital. They didn’t have any meds for me when they had to splint the leg on the mountain to prep me for the helicopter. That was the most painful thing I have ever had to go through. They couldn’t get me on the back board and have my leg sticking out so they had to set it the best they could. You can see from the picture that my leg has an unnatural curvature.
They got me to the hospital and they couldn’t do surgery for 6 hours so I was just hanging out. They tried to put me under to set my leg. These two residents were pulling my leg every which way to line it up and they were using this mobile X-ray machine to make sure they were doing a relatively good job. The problem is that I kept waking up while they were cranking on my leg. I guess they underestimated the drugs they were using. Taylor was taking these pictures with the camera phone.
Finally the surgery happened and everything went well. I woke up in the recovery room and then started the other problems (read Kass’ post). I included the X-Ray of the broken leg and you can see that the tibia broke much lower than the fibula did, which didn’t make much sense to the surgeon, but what about this whole experience made any sense?