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Fred’s Face Part 1

Posted Apr 27 2012 8:08am
Hello everyone.  I will start today with a story that at first is not related to infertility, but in the end will provide a discussion that will be relevant.  Here we go.
Well here you see it, the spoils of a surfing accident that in 2007 changed my face just a bit just forever.  I really had to force the smile here because I was in pain and sleepless.
Surfing accidents are usually quite embarrassing.  They are frequently caused by human error.  This could mean 2 crashing into each other, in which case one party was in the wrong, but even here the person in the right may have avoided injury if he was paying more attention to his surroundings.  In most other cases, the surfer gets into trouble for not properly thinking about the task at hand ie. trying to catch too big a wave. Commonly, it’s just a matter of improperly judging the break of the wave or improperly timing the standup and turn.  Sometimes poor judgment relating to local conditions ie. reefs, shallow bottoms, currents etc., can get surfers into big trouble.   
The point is surfing accidents are never glamorous.   It’s not like saying “I broke my arm running with the bulls”.  Skiing accidents are more suitable for putting the blame on something other than stupidity.  “There was this huge patch of ice”, “they did not groom well” and “my binding never released” are common statements lifting the blame for injury away from the operator.  When you get hurt surfing, you usually know what you did wrong, and it’s not a good feeling.My main problem was inexperience.  I grew up spending a fair amount of time in the ocean and frequently body surfed and boogie boarded, so I was at least familiar with wave shapes, currents and tides. But I did not start surfing till much later and without lessons I was just out there waiting for trouble.  Learners tend to start on larger boards, and mine is a monster.  9 feet 6 inches of very thick glass, making it one of the heavier boards in its class, quite a torpedo.  Perfect for learning and for getting up on small waves, but dangerous under the wrong circumstances.   So this is where the non-glamour comes in.  I wasn’t even trying to catch a wave.  I paddled out on a rough day with wave that were closing out, meaning that the wave instead of starting to break on one side, the wave just broke all at once, not leaving any place to catch and ride.  After a while I recognized this and realized I should head in: good thinking.  What I did not appreciate is that you need really watch the waves as you come in, because if you get caught at the wrong spot,  a large heavy wave can crash right on top of you sending you and your board, separately of course,  into the underwater equivalent of outer space.  You do down and around and around and around.  So that’s what happened to me.  Knowing my board was not far from me, I covered my face with my hands (I have since learned arms are better) and I waited for the rough water to calm.  Just as moved my hands away, while still well underwater, the nose of the board rammed into the side of my face, hard.Why am I telling you this?  Because I want to tell you of my experience with the doctors I ran into in seeking treatment.  My interactions were probably very similar to yours, especially when faced with the prospect of surgery.  And believe me; I was very surprised by what I found.   All to come in the next blog.
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