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December 12th, 2005

Broken Bone Check

The day before Thanksgiving, I got to experience something really fun: I fell down our icy front stairs and sprained my knee. I was laid up for the entire holiday weekend, and am only now back to pretty much normal.

But! The sprained knee continued my lifelong streak of not having broken a single bone in my body. Not one, ever. I think this knee is the closest I’ve ever come (although I did once hit my head on the concrete steps of my parents’ house when I was a little kid… that hurt).

So, Pingers, what of you? How many breaks?

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday December 12, 2005 -- 4:57:30 am
Two. I broke both femurs, the biggest bones in your body, one week after bragging that I'd never broken a bone. Don't jinx yourself

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday December 12, 2005 -- 5:34:32 am
I've also somehow managed to dodge any bone breakage. I've never even been overnight in a hospital before.

FROM: Steve A.
DATE: Monday December 12, 2005 -- 5:36:57 am

My mother was roller skating while carrying me. I was about 16 months old. She hit a ciggie butt and tripped. End result, broken left femur that put me in a body cast and has left me with a limp that's noticable when I'm extremely weary.

Small finger on each hand and ring finger on right hand all in separate accidents. Each one more bizarre than the other.


FROM: COD [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday December 12, 2005 -- 6:13:45 am
Broken collarbone as a kid when I rolled out of the top bunk while sleeping. This was back in the 70s when safety rails were for sissies. Also broken my elbow in 6th grade falling off a swing.

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday December 12, 2005 -- 6:55:52 am
I've never broken a bone and I've never had surgery. Woo!

I live in a bubble.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday December 12, 2005 -- 1:15:37 pm
I'd also bragged that I never got stitches or had scars, either. That same car wreck left me with a mile of stitches, but mostly in areas that can't be seen when I'm clothed. I also have some nice scars where pieces of dashboard were imbedded into my right knee. Of course, I didn't even think to brag that I'd never been in traction or had a catheter before, either.

DATE: Monday December 12, 2005 -- 2:11:20 pm
I made it 14 and a half years without breaking anything. Then last winter I crashed snowboarding I ended up having a fracture. I didnt do anyhting about it so a couple horrible falls later it was broken, which sucked, but i couls still snowboard since it was a short cast. I had bragged about never breaking anything like Joseph for the longest time since i did a lot more dangerous things than my friends.

FROM: jk
DATE: Monday December 12, 2005 -- 3:52:53 pm
No broken bones here, although I did dive off my high chair the day after my first birthday and gave everyone quite a scare.

I have to be extra careful because I have thinning an older woman. The consensus seems to be that I drank so much Coke as a teen, it flushed the calcium right out of my system as my body was frantically trying to grow bone mass. I don't ride my nephew's skateboard any longer, which is a bummer.

Women of the Ping: have a bone density test! Really.

FROM: dave
DATE: Monday December 12, 2005 -- 4:28:41 pm
I broke my right pinky playing tetherball at summer camp - I was 13. Didn't know it was broken for about a month and it's been a little cockeyed ever since.

FROM: jl
DATE: Tuesday December 13, 2005 -- 5:03:00 pm
broken thumb, both wrists, broken nose, collapsed lung, 2 disks replaced in neck (titanium plate on spine included) 2 female surgeries (1 being emergency) and probably more I cant recall!
Gotta live life! Hard!

FROM: Aanen
DATE: Thursday December 15, 2005 -- 12:03:40 pm
Never broken a bone in my body. I've had blood poisoning a few times, lost a toe nail (which hasn't really grown back correctly) and jammed a few fingers.

FROM: Fast Freddy
DATE: Saturday December 17, 2005 -- 1:03:59 pm
I once hit a deer while traveling twenty feet in back of a flatbed lumber truck at about 70mph. Damn deer managed to squeeze into the space and went through my windshield and ended in the back seat. The steering was bent up. I guess that saved me. When you drive on interstates make sure you don't hold the wheel at the top. I got the car stopped and off the road but the county 911 couldn't get the Howard County, Md. police to find me. Canadians tell Ukrainian Jokes. Americans tell Polish jokes. I tell Howard County police jokes. The Maryland State police found me and shipped me by express chopper to Shock Trauma in Baltimore. I was diagnosed with a broken cheek bone. There is a tendon that runs through your cheek bone that supports your head so they ran me through a x-ray while having to support my head by that tendon. For the next two weeks I was in pain from that break when I walked, ate, or turned my head wrong when I slept. I learned you can lose weight on a diet of only rice pudding. Two months later I removed a piece hardened mucus 6 inches long. They discharged me with no treatment cause the bones were in place so they grew back together.

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