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March 16, 2006

Greetings from the Sick Bay

So we were up at Whistler a few weeks ago for 5 days of fun-in-the-sun, and on the first run of the second day my wife fell while snowboarding and broke both her wrists. They had to bring her down the mountain on a toboggan, then they drove her to the Whistler Health Care Centre where they did what is called a "reduction" on both wrists. Basically they anesthetize the arm, pull the wrist out, pop the bones back into a rough approximation of the right place, then let the whole assembly snap back together. It's one of those things that where you get better with practice and luckily I think the doctors at Whistler get a lot of practice. In fact at the Health Centre there was a line of people with splinted wrists getting ready to have reductions (it had not snowed for a couple weeks to the hill was icy).

So there was my wife with casts on both wrists, unable to perform many basic operations such as getting dressed, preparing food, etc. We did stay the rest of the week since the kids were having fun. This was 3+ weeks ago and I had to take most of 2 weeks off to help take care of her. Just this week I'm back at work essentially full-time. Luckily she did not need surgery despite her right wrist being described by a surgeon here as "pulverized".

Meanwhile, our 6-year-old son had his adenoids and tonsils removed on Monday. Just like in What Do People DO All Day? It's very simple surgery but he is under general anesthesia so it was a bit nerve-wracking for us (although they claim the risk from the anesthesia is about the same as the risk from driving to the hospital). Anyway he came through fine and is now at home powering through the popsicles and ice cream. Since I am now at work I have to leave a couple of bowls of pre-scooped ice cream for my wife to deliver to him.

Also our 4-year-old son has a wart on the bottom of each foot. It's not too terrible but they are a pain to get off. We put these special band-aids on, which inevitably get moved around under his sock as he runs around on his appointed rounds.

And my car battery died also. Boohoo.

Posted by AdamBa at March 16, 2006 01:21 PM

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Um . . . what the . . .

I don't believe in karma, but seriously, Adam, did your family do something awful? Do you live on an indian graveyard or something? Or there was that one satanic incident with the bus full of tourists?


Anyway, hope you all heal well and thankful for my own health,
- Drew

Posted by: Drew at March 17, 2006 05:33 AM


Nowhere to go but up...

Keep your stick on the ice,

Posted by: Marc Bernard at March 17, 2006 07:16 AM

No worries Adam, Vegas is in your future. That will turn around your (mis)fortunes.

Posted by: Richard at March 17, 2006 09:07 AM

Hey Adam. I could be wrong maybe i'm thinking of berrucas(?), but my doc in the UK told an old wives tale that rubbing a banana skin on a wart or berruka or possibly some other random thing, would help rid the patient of it.

Posted by: Jaz at March 18, 2006 07:33 AM

Thanks for the kind thoughts. My car battery, at least, is now fixed.

Haven't tried a banana skin but I might soon.

- adam

Posted by: Adam Barr at March 18, 2006 01:58 PM

As a long time reader, just wanted to say hope things better soon and the wife is feeling better. Strange coincidence, I've had a handful of personal friends break bones while snowboarding over the past month.

Posted by: anonymous at March 19, 2006 01:39 AM