Aug 28, 2002, 1:37 PM
Post #1 of 12
I the great Chile Relleno crashed and burned while enjoying the blue skies in Davis,CA at Skydance Skydiving this last saturday 08/24...
There I was swooping into the landing area,it looked good and felt good so I went for it! ALAS I had failed to properly inspect my landing area before jumping at this new playground.The area I'd chosen looked like a nice gravel surface to surf in on but was in fact deep pea gravel and my right foot dug in on touchdown while the rest of me kept going!!!
Result,spiral fracture of both the tibia and fibula,yes both of them!.I knew what was happening to me as it was happening (really weird feeling)I tumbled to a stop,confirmed what I already knew and let everyone within a country mile know that I was hurt.The DZ staff was great providing first aid and transportation to and from the Hospital in Davis and in gathering a few belongings out of my truck and getting me on the the next flight home to Mobile,AL. they even shipped my gear home to me.
So the next morning I check into the hospital and that afternoon I'm in surgery and two (2)gnarly incisions,two (2)plates,fourteen(14) screws and 3.5 days later I'm here at home to recuperate for the next three (3) months.It looks UGLY(I'll post pics later) and hurts like hell,even while pumped full of Morphine,Demerol and some asst'd other meds, the only real relief is sleep.
The moral to this story "CHECK YOUR LANDING AREAS WHEN AT UNFAMILiAR DZ'S"
I will jump again,live and learn,crashandburn,Chile Relleno.