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HELP !!!!

From: Stephen L.
Sent on: Thursday, May 6, 2010 6:25 PM
Looking for a ride to and from the next ASS meeting because I am injured and unable to drive a car ... much less sail. I live in Barton Springs. If you want to Google my location it is 1902 Arthur Lane, 78704.

So here is the sad story:

Tripped over a line running over the dock and fell forward, naturally, and of course one puts one's arm out to break one's fall. The arm did not really find terra firma, the wrist just slammed across the edge of the dock as I went into Lake Travis head first. My body went pretty deep before righting itself and rising to the surface. It is not true that when you are drowning that your whole life flashes in front of you ..... all I saw were bubbles and was greatly relieved when they were getting light enough to know I was approaching the surface. Now comes the scary part! So, there I am floating in the water with the dock about three feet above me and only one working arm. The pain hadn't set in yet due to adrenalin and 59-degree water but I knew the arm was in serious trouble by the angle my hand hung from my wrist. The stories one hears about the danger of hypothermia and how quickly one's body strength ebbs in cold water are absolutely true. I really thought, that soon, I was just going to slip under. Somehow I managed to drape my good arm over the loose bow line on one of the boats and to use it as a fulcrum point to arch my body so that I could get a leg up on the metal truss-work of the dock. Once I was able to transfer some weight to my leg I somehow found the strength to throw
my whole body across the top of the dock. They say that in time of crises we can find strength we never knew we had. Three hours later my body was still shaking uncontrollably from the cold water &, I suspect, shock. Did a pretty thorough job of breaking my wrist and the cast runs from mid-palm over my elbow so that I cannot twist my fore arm. Anyway ..... certainly no sailing for 6 - 8 weeks until the cast comes off and then I do not know how much physical therapy I will require to be as good as new. Anyway, I am currently living on codeine which only takes the edge off the pain - I am pretty uncomfortable.

PS - Memo to Kendra .... looks like I cannot join y'all on the 8th. crying

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