Monday, April 12, 2010

滑雪意外 / Ski Accident

It has been almost three week since I twisted my left knee quite badly on the second last day of my cross-country ski trip on top of the Chic-Choc Mountains. Like all my previous close-calls (such as falling 35 feet down a rock cliff, flipping over my uncle's car on the icy highway btwn Jasper and Banff), the accident happened in slow-motion.

I clearly remember the cold air and the beautiful snow when the tip of my left-ski decided to spear side way into the snow-bank. My knee followed the ski and both came to a sudden stop. Meanwhile, the rest of my body, unaware of the unscheduled rendezvous, was still hurling itself downhill in the opposite direction. My poor knee took the blunt of the twisting forces and the ligaments inside stretched to its limits. I knew I was in trouble when my leg was just dangling weakly below the kneecap after I got up. The next day, I wrapped my swollen knee with a pair of long-john, swallowed a painkiller, and spent the next 3 hours 15 min skiing 18 kilometres out of the mountain back to the parking lot.

So far, I have been able to get around with a bit of a limp, altho it was hard to do kick-boxing and Zumba-dancing with just one good leg. But I am determined to get myself back into shape. You see, there is a running marathon coming up end of May. Did I not tell you I stare at goats and believe in mind-over-body?

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xiao zhu said...

>> leg was just dangling weakly below the kneecap after I got up.



exile said...

3 weeks? Time for a MRI! Sounds like you need a cast at least.

kempton said...

Take care and don't push yourself too hard la.

michelle said...

怪不得你又再寫起字來原來跳不了Zumba ;?
要好好康復,knee 很重要的,要不,唐人說老了會有風濕 :)

best actor said...

get well soon!

galaxy said...

一定要撤底醫治。 上次我滑雪扭傷膝部的韌帶,痛了兩個月,又沒有好好就醫,搞到而家久不久風濕痛,隻腳又唔可以太負重。

Anonymous said...

you should take care, don't push too hard!! some damages can be permanent!!

新鮮人 said...

don"t push yourself too hard,

Wordy said...

Since I tore my left knee ACL in a badminton game 2.5 years ago I have literally abandoned most sports.

the inner space said...


Haricot 微豆 said...

Xiao Zhu:

>> ... 祝你早日完全康復!(日後老了會有風濕嗎?)

Thank you !!

I guess only time will tell. Meanwhile, I will keep strengthening my knee.

Haricot 微豆 said...


I did have my knee X-rayed and checked out by a doctor.

I am currently using knee support during exercise.

Thx !!!

Haricot 微豆 said...

Kempton: Thx !! Okay, I will drop the "no pain, no gain" motto.

Haricot 微豆 said...


Things are looking up. I am now doing both Zumba and kick-boxing with the use of BOTH legs.

I will continue to test my limit without going overboard. Yes, bad joints might lead to 風濕 and I will be careful.

Thx !!!

Haricot 微豆 said...

Best Actor: Thank you !! (If you see someone hopping around town, don't run him over !!)

Haricot 微豆 said...


I totally agree 一定要撤底醫治. The pain has gone away and I am trying to strengthen the muscles around the knee joint.

Haricot 微豆 said...


>> ... 遲d有牌你受呀!

Sigh, I know !! But I am not the type that can sit still :(

Haricot 微豆 said...


Thanks !! I know. Some day, I will hit the yield sign, then the stop sign. Meanwhile, I will do my best to prolong the inevitable.

Haricot 微豆 said...

Wordy: Sorry to hear abt the problem with your ACL: The Anterior Cruciate Ligament. Badminton, basketball, and other sport that require constant twisting and braking are hard on the knee joints. Have you tried using a knee-brace?

Haricot 微豆 said...

the inner space:\

>> ... 影響到傳宗接代就唔好了!

The family jewel is safe ... no worry.

Ada said...

讀著你的描述也能感受到你的痛楚,但當看到這句 ”stare at goats and believe in mind-over-body” 就忍不住大笑起來。唔好意思呀 !! 

Haricot 微豆 said...

Ada: No prob. Laughter is chicken soup for the soul :)

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