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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Ben Schroeder Benefit Blow Out in San Diego

Ben Schroeder Benefit
"In August of 2011, I was bombing a hill in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, going approximately 40 mph, when I came to an intersection and encountered a car running the stop sign. I collided with the car's bumper before it ran me over. The car came to a stop with its right front tire parked directly on top of my left leg which was already fractured by the bumper. My friends that were following me in a car took me directly to the hospital. There was no time to get the driver's information.

At the hospital, the X-rays showed that my tibia (shinbone) had been broken in two, but the fibula was unbroken. Doctors gave me a full leg cast for a few weeks then a short leg cast for several more. Then they told me that the two broken pieces of the tibia had reconnected and that I should start walking on it to encourage the bone to heal more quickly. They said that bones need to have push-and-pull on them to stay strong or get stronger. The doctors in Los Angeles said there was "zero-percent chance" of the two pieces disconnecting. So I started walking on it, a lot, but it never seemed to feel any better.

"About three weeks later I went to Skørping, Denmark, and started building a kidney pool with a crew of 5 guys. I tripped and hurt my injured leg badly so I went to the local hospital to have it x-rayed. The doctors there said that it was now an "acute fracture" and that it would need emergency surgery. They also said that my broken left leg had become 22 millimeters shorter than the right, and this could cause severe spinal issues over the years, so I needed to have an operation to straighten and reconnect my broken tibia.

It turns out that these doctors here at Aalborg Sygehus hospital are some of the best in the world at this procedure and that people travel from all over Europe to receive their attention. And the Denmark medical system is free to Danish citizens and also workers for the state. I was a worker for the state because I was building the little skatepark for the city and was paying taxes out my wages. This was such a wonderful and synchronous coincidence. I do believe in synchronicity, and this trip has given me a whole bunch of it."

"The procedure went smoothly and I woke up in a hospital bed in my own room on the fifth floor of this nice Danish hospital. There were tall and long-boned Viking men and women working there as doctors and nurses it was beautiful. I had to be on lots of medicines because the hunk of metal that they had screwed into my leg bones was CRAZY. Meds like penicillin, paracetamol and morphine. They also had an electric wire in my hip to shock the nerve going down my leg so that I could not feel a thing. It was all fine with me. I was getting saved by these docs and I felt no pain. I stayed in the hospital for about one week and then was released, healing more quickly than they predicted."


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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Sunday, January 13, 2013 


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