Thinking back I would say my worst injury ever occurred about 10 years ago while I was rollerblading. I take every precaution to be safe during rollerblading by wearing a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards but what happened to me could not have been prevented by normal safety gear.
When I was young and brave I used to get up at 5 am and go rollerblading or running by myself at a local park which had a 1.5 mile paved loop. I had done this loop a million times but this one particular morning one little tiny stick caused an immense amount of damage. I can remember the moment I feel as if it was yesterday. I was just about to finish my first loop when I hit a stick while rollerblading which completely wiped me off my feet. I pretty much flew backward, hit my butt and shoulder hard on the ground and flew into the nearby fence. I must have screamed because these to runners came back to see if I was okay which at that point I felt more embarrassed than injured so I quickly jumped up, wiped myself off and told them I was great.
I actually had planned on doing my second loop but discovered I was bleeding from the side of my knee and shoulder so I decided to head home. As I sat in the car I knew something was really wrong because I just had shooting pain up and down my body and I barely made the drive home to my apartment. I called my mother because we worked together in a doctor’s office and she could barely understand me because I was hysterical from the pain. I was so incomprehensible she actually asked me if I was getting divorced…..funny now but then I was screaming at her that I was injured.
I ended up at the orthopedist as they opened their doors but still waited 2 hours to see a doctor only to find out I broke my coccyx bone (tail bone).
I will tell you that there is nothing that can be done for a fractured coccyx bone except to stay of the area which is difficult to say the least and to take pain medication. I basically could not sit in a chair for about 2 weeks and then I could only sit if I used a donut for about another 8 weeks. I can tell you this took almost a year to completely heal and for me to feel normal again. This was by far the worst injury I have ever gotten and the most painful.
It took my awhile to start rollerblading again because I was afraid of falling again but I will not let fear stand in my way of doing something I enjoy. I still wear all my protective gear but unfortunately there is not gear to protect my tailbone so hopefully I will never fall on it again.
What was your worst injury???