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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.



Ciao,





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.



FROM: Ken
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 bones....like 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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