Wednesday, October 6, 2010


First off im on some pretty strong pain killers now so some of this might not make sense, haha.

As you may know I was in Milwaukee skating at Am Cup 1 this past weekend. I havent been skating very well ever since last season. So I didnt really want to skate it but I went anyway. I has some really good races and surprised myself. Not so much the 1500, I hate the 1500 sooo muchhh. But the 500 heat and the one 1000 I raced went way better than I expected. I did good enough in the 1000 heat to make the C final. The thing is I almost didnt skate the 1000 heat because I fell in the 500 final and got checked out for a concussion. They cleared me to keep skating though. Now I wish I did have one so I wouldnt have skated the 1000 final but what can I do. Anyway, What im pretty sure happened is that I was leading and a girl was trying to pass on the inside. Bumps me, I lost balance and took another girl with me into the "pads". (They may as well have not put any pads up the sucked so bad). The other girls blades were up when she fell and my leg went down on it. Cut me right behind and above the knee I believe. Havent been able to see it yet though. From what I remember I hit the pads and felt blood gushing from my leg and I screamed. I just lied there and tried to cover my head with my hands so I couldnt see my leg since I knew it was bad. There were swarms of people around me trying to stop the bleeding and I got really cold and was shivering a lot. When I got to the ER They cut all my clothes and my skinsuit off and covered me with heated blankets, I think my temperature was around 95 or 96. I didnt realize until then that I crashed with another skater, Katy Ralston. She was also brought to the ER because they thought she might have had neck or spinal injury, which turned out to be a concussion. So she was released and I went into surgery that night. They repaired 2 cut tendons, some muscle, the vein I cut which a couple millimeters deeper would have been an artery, and the worst part was when they told me I cut 95% of one of the nerves behind my knee. The dr said 18-28 months recovery because of that nerve. the bottom of my foot is numb and I cant move it in certain directions. He said I wouldnt skate again and id be lucky to walk withought a limp, but im not sure I believe him. I know of about 3 skaters whove had nerve damage that have recovered way sooner and are on the ice again.
So itll be a long recovery but I think ill recover. I have to give myself shots everyday to prevent clotting which really sucks. I can hardly get to the bathroom on crutches and it hurts the leg to sit upright so sitting on the toilet is another sucky experience. Then I sit on the couch all day. With nothing to do. So, visitors are welcome. hint hint. lol


Shannon said...

Omg Liz that is so scary!! I'm so glad you're okay and I'm sure you'll recover faster than the dr said. I'm so going to visit you and have my mom bake you some cookies :) Get better soon!!!

Anonymous said...

Glad to see u blogging. Keep up w/ it during your recovery and rehab. It will be very therapeutic. I bet you will skate again. I proved my drs wrong you can too!

K Pugliano said...

Recover and heal in time and I'm sure you will be back on the ice in no time!

Deb said...

Oh Liz, I am so sorry to hear what happened. I wish you the best and hope you're doing OK. I will get some muffins to you ASAP!

ClpX said...

Eek, scary! I think Dr.s are required to give the very worst prognosis. J.R. Celski will tell you that they can be wrong. :)

Glad you're ok, keep us updating, yes?