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Dean358  (D 28881)

Jan 29, 2013, 5:34 PM

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Re: [Tetsuya109] trying not to give up the sport i love and continue skydiving with a 3 level spine fusion (with a few other injuries).

Hi Tetsuya,

Very sorry to hear this. I have a broken L-1, six broken ribs and a a bunch of other less-than-fun stuff from a climbing / skiing accident a long time ago. I jump at The Ranch, albeit with less flexility than I would like. The main thing about these type of injuries, IMHO, is that they take a shitload of time to heal. I recall sitting in City Hall Park about one year after my accident, in a big brace, in pain, being very depressed about how long I had been like that. But it does get better, you just have to give it time! As you know, we have some jumpers with much greater physical challenges than you or I face and they still jump.

To answer your second question: you need to take some time to heal. But, while you're doing that there are many other wonderful aviation sports near The Ranch: two sail plane (glider) operations, paragliding, ballooning, dozens of flight schools for airplanes, ultralights, helicopters and more. PM me if you'd like details. Of course, none of them are as much fun socially as The Ranch (but most things aren't) so by all means please don't stop hanging out. You might find it rather satisfying to go soaring with the hawks during the day followed by the bonfire / shenanigans at night (if you can come up on weekends). The sky will be there when you feel you're ready to come back.

As for what precautions to take, rather than take advice from the interwebs I recommend you have that conversation with instructors Linda, Pete, or Kim. Bottom line: no question this is a tough thing to deal with but please give it time. And, if I may, one minor quibble with your post:

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At the time I was sitflying all day as no belly flyers really exist at this DZ

?????? Tell that to the Sportsman, 4-way teams or the cadets! LOL

Feel Better,
Dean


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