Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Choices; most of us have them, few of us realize it.
Almost two months ago, I had a small accident while shooting off-piste skiing. Unfortunately, a quick lapse in my own judgment had me look away from what I was doing for just a little too long. Before I even knew what was going on, I was on the snow, crumpled over the front side of a mogul, unwilling to try moving myself for the fear that I might not be able to. I didn’t remember much about what had just happened, except for the horrifying sound of some part of my body breaking.
I gathered myself and found that I was mobile, and everything was working. Obviously, that is the biggest relief you can have when you think you may have just gambled it all away.
I got up, met up with the rest of the group and joked about the digger I just took. I couldn’t believe it myself, first that it even happened, and second that I was alright!
A few moments later, as the adrenaline wore off, something felt wrong. I hesitantly put my hand under my backpack strap and sure enough, there was a bone sticking out. I had cheated injury far too many times before, and this time it was clear that I wasn’t getting away that easy.
I came to find out that I had an AC 5 Separation, which basically means I popped my collarbone out of my shoulder, leaving it in a more vertical orientation through my trap muscle. At that point surgery was the only real option for maintaining the type of activity my life normally entails, so it was time to accept that.
It was painful, but with the help of Tommy Penick, I was able to stick to my commitment and shoot the remainder of my winter contract with one arm over the next few weeks.
Back to Choices.
Like I said before, most of us have the ability to decide how we approach the events of our lives. You may not think so, but we do even have the ability to decide whether we are upset by something, or if we can accept it in a different way and see it as a positive. I truly believe it is all about perspective.
Obviously, my first thought when this happened was, “I’m in trouble,” but after some time, I realized that there was no point in dwelling on anything. It happened, I would need time off to have surgery and recover and that was that. It could have been so much worse, and for that reason, I decided there would be no room for complaining.
I decided to be positive and to put my energy and focus on what I can do throughout the different stages of recovery. I have a whole list of personal goals and professional goals that I will be working toward in the next few months and will do my best to enjoy the different stages of this process as much as I can.
I am now three weeks out of surgery and have made the most of the first few stages of watching TV series and movies (yes, I have become a LOST fan in the process, haha!). I kicked the pain medication by day 5, the staples came out on day 8, I could shower again by day 10 and I found myself sleeping in a bed again by day 20 (instead of the recliner I named Henry because we were hanging out so much).
These might seem like small gains, but they are all milestones to me, and I’ve been very happy to reach each one of them. I even had my first physical therapy session today, and now I can say with confidence that I have never had anything hurt so GOOD in my life, haha! It’s all progress!
As I mentioned before, I have a lot of personal and professional goals that I will be working to accomplish during this time, but none of them will mean as much to me as being able to paddle out into some waves and surf with my girlfriend again. I’m not even much of a surfer, but she is, and being able to be with her in the ocean is one of my life’s greatest gifts. She and my brother even bought me a surfboard to help motivate me through this process.
I am a very lucky guy, and as I see it, I have no room to complain J. I am happy to have that perspective, I am grateful to have chosen it.
Psyched to get to the next milestone!
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