I broke my left arm skateboarding when I was 8.
It was never set properly and one of the bones began to slowly dislocate. Bone chips in my arm from the break began to grow and calcify as my body produced juices to repair the bones in my elbow. As they grew larger, they began to destroy the ligaments in my left elbow.
I injured it trying out for a golf team when I was 13 while hitting a drive on the third tee. I felt/heard a pop in my elbow, and by the end of the round it was the size of a grapefruit.
I ended up having to have surgery on it to remove the bone fragments and regain range of motion. After being told by local Doc's that I would never use my arm again, we found a Dr. in Birmingham by the name of James Andrews. James Andrews (physician) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Well... when I was coming out from the anesthesia after the surgery, they decided it was time to pull out a tube that had been draining the blood from the center of my elbow joint. After being anesthetized, your tolerance for pain is drastically lowered. Think about sitting in a silent dark room for 12 hours and then having a 12 gauge shotgun go off 2 feet from your head. It's kind of like that. Anyway, they start pulling the tube out and my parents got to learn a few new words I'd learned.James R. Andrews, M.D. is an orthopedic surgeon who practices in Birmingham, Alabama at the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center at St. Vincent's Medical Center. He also occasionaly practices at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Andrews is widely considered one of the foremost surgeons in the United States for knee, elbow, and shoulder injuries. He has also been credited with performing some of the earliest arthroscopies.
Andrews is well known for performing orthopedic surgery on high-profile athletes from a wide array of sports. He consulted on Tom Brady after his third knee surgery, Brett Favre with his shoulder surgery, and most recently worked with Albert Pujols surgery on his right elbow.
That was the most painful...
- Falling off one of our jet ski's going 60 mph, and shortly thereafter being hit by our other one (which was following mine 20 feet behind and also going 60 mph) being driven by a fraternity brother of mine. Resulted in a dislocated shoulder, and brain swelling. (first time I ever got a cat scan)
- breaking my arm skateboarding (hey... I was eight)
- Jumping off a branch 25 feet in the air into what I thought was clear water, but it out that there was a tree trunk covered in algae (which was why I couldn't see it, I was also three sheets to the wind) one foot under the water that I landed on heals first.
- Rehab on my arm after surgery. (six months of torture)
- Grabbing a falling sword (brand new and sharp as hell) by the blade to keep it from going into my foot.
- 2nd degree burn on my arm, which I never went to a Dr. for. Luckily it healed just fine.
- Injuring the tendon in my big toe while at Muay Thai. (I went back to fighting on it as soon as I could walk)
- Rope burns on my hand, arm, and leg that I got from doing a back flip off a rope swing out of the same tree I jumped out of. Tore a whole bunch of skin off my hand arm and my leg just behind the knee.
- Dislocating the middle finger on my left hand. (which I reset 5 seconds later)
- Being body slammed by my 6'4" 240lb sparring partner at MMA and both of us landing square on my ribcage.
- Over extended arm bars, leg locks, and chokes.