29 Apr 2006 12:47:55
Kev
wed/thu arvo, incl gaping head wound (sorta)

I snuck out on wednesday and thursday afternoon on my log at a nearby
point break. It wasn't great, inconsistent sets to waist high on wed,
arse high on thurs, and both pretty wind affected. It was strong
offshore but coming a bit out from over the water, putting a messy
chop on everything. On wednesday especially your legs had to become
shock absorbers to bounce along. I got a couple of nice ones that
stood up to go fast across a bank near the top of the point, but it
was too small to continue much past there. Ok to be getting wet
though, and I was coming back from a half dose of flu early in the
week.

Thursday ended badly though. I got unbalanced and came off one
front-side awkwardly. Surfacing I had my arm up to feel for my board,
as I usually do, but it got through and before I could see what was
happening the tail hit me side-on on the soft part of the nose. I
suppose I was lucky, a little lower and it could have got me in the
teeth. Not too terrible, nothing broken, but it fair tickled and it
sent claret streaming from both nostrils. Does that count as a head
wound? It's not the same as being half-scalped by razor-sharp lava,
but there was blood and there was pain, that'd pass the formal
requirements wouldn't it? :)

The irony was I'd just repaired that spot on the tail, strengthening
it against the leggie pulling over it (it comes to a kind of 1/2 inch
thick step at the end). You'd think the board'd be more grateful than
to reply with a smack on the snoz! I suppose wearing a leg rope was
the basic mistake - bad for your board, and bad for your nose when it
keeps the board too near.


02 May 2006 11:27:23
Surfer Bob
Re: wed/thu arvo, incl gaping head wound (sorta)

Kev wrote:
> ...Does that count as a head
> wound? It's not the same as being half-scalped by razor-sharp lava,
> but there was blood and there was pain, that'd pass the formal
> requirements wouldn't it? :)

Clearly. If your head bled and it hurt, it was a head injury.

> ...You'd think the board'd be more grateful than
> to reply with a smack on the snoz!...

You always hurt the one you love.

That happened to me once and I broke my nose. it's never been quite the
same since. You got off cheaply.

Regards,
Surfer Bob



04 May 2006 11:34:09
jw
Re: wed/thu arvo, incl gaping head wound (sorta)

In article <[email protected] >,
"Surfer Bob" <[email protected] > wrote:

> Kev wrote:
> > ...Does that count as a head
> > wound? It's not the same as being half-scalped by razor-sharp lava,
> > but there was blood and there was pain, that'd pass the formal
> > requirements wouldn't it? :)

Appreciate the report, thanks. Sorry to hear about the ding to the head.

> Clearly. If your head bled and it hurt, it was a head injury.

I took a similar blow to the nose with my longboard. Oh, it was a kook
move all right, but there was no one around. I had taken a chest high
glassy wave about 60 yards to the reform, and on an attempted off the
top going frontside, fell over backwards and the lip of the wave pushed
the rail of the board square into the bridge of my nose with great
force. This was long period swell (not wind swell), and the lips were
pretty thick. Anyway it made the loudest wack, and I came up seeing
spots with what felt like water running down my face, but was actually
tons of blood. I one-arm paddled in with my board, and there were a
couple of guys who had first aid kits and bandaged up and cottoned up my
nose so I could drive the 15 minutes to the ER. It turned out to be
badly broken cartilage, no bone damage, but it looked like I'd been hit
by a truck for a few days.

In answer to your question, I agreee with SB. If the impact is enough
(and it sounds like yours was), it qualifies as a head injury. I've had
a concussion before, complete with unconsciousness, and this wasn't
nearly as hard a blow, but the effects were similar.

> > ...You'd think the board'd be more grateful than
> > to reply with a smack on the snoz!...
>
> You always hurt the one you love.
>
> That happened to me once and I broke my nose. it's never been quite the
> same since. You got off cheaply.

Mine isn't quite the same either. It's not the kind of nose job most
people would want.

-jw


07 May 2006 11:49:49
Kev
Re: wed/thu arvo, incl gaping head wound (sorta)

"Surfer Bob" <[email protected] > writes:
>
> That happened to me once and I broke my nose. it's never been quite the
> same since. You got off cheaply.

Yes, I think so. It's felt a bit funny for a while, but I can keep my
modelling career.


07 May 2006 11:55:44
Kev
Re: wed/thu arvo, incl gaping head wound (sorta)

jw <[email protected] > writes:
>
> In answer to your question, I agreee with SB. If the impact is enough
> (and it sounds like yours was), it qualifies as a head injury. I've had
> a concussion before, complete with unconsciousness, and this wasn't
> nearly as hard a blow, but the effects were similar.

Ah, well, there's obviously a bit of an injury scale, from "ouch that
hurt" to "only pioneering surgery saved his life". I'm obviously near
the bottom of the scale.


(Surf content: today only just breaking at an exposed beach, banging
square on the low-tide shoreline. Yesterday got a couple at a nearby
spot, but small and not much shape to the sand unfortunately.)