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    Question How many bones have you broken?

    When I traveled to Lisbon in the middle of October to attend the the iGB Affiliate Lisbon conference my wife Sylvia came as well, and we had extended the trip a few days beyond what was required for the conference for a short holiday afterwards.

    The first day in Lisbon began well enough. We rested up after a red-eye flight from the states, and spent a couple hours walking around the city and visiting the shore before heading over to the conference venue to make sure everything was set. Then we decided to take the train back to our hotel for the evening.

    The train broke down and after a while they had everyone vacate the train between stations. There was a dip in the train-level walkway and Sylvia slipped and fell the five or six feet to the ground. She ended up breaking two bones. Her ankle and a bone in her foot. I tried to grab her and stop her from falling, but that was a futile effort that only resulted in my falling down onto the tracks as well. I got some nasty scrapes, but didn't break any bones. So our first night in Lisbon was spent in the hospital, and the rest of the trip had Sylvia in a wheelchair. Not exactly the holiday we planned.

    With that as background, I figured I would ask how many bones folks have broken for this week's poll. Be sure to post your broken bone stories in addition to posting in the poll.

    Personally, I've only broken one bone. I'm told that when I was very young I fell off of a sofa and broke my collar bone.

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    When I was 12 years old I had a skateboarding half pipe in my back yard. I used to ride it every day. One day I fell & broke both the bones in my arm completely in half and I had to get a surgery to put them back together. 6 weeks after than I was riding a different half pipe and fell again, this time breaking my elbow and I had to get another surgery on my arm. The first one wasn't even healed yet...
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    I've had some big falls in my life, but fortunately I've never broken a single bone. It's probably because I've been a big fan of milk, cheese and yoghurt ever since I was a small child.
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    both heels, ankle (more bones, many fell away, so it was a puzzle... still it is a puzzle), leg (both bones, also open fractures), hip, many ribs, 3 vertebrae
    i think i am missing something, also they had other things to do than counting the broken bones that healed untreated
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    then some arms and fingers at separate events
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    Wishing Sylvia a speedy recovery. Ouch ouch how unlucky.
    I've never broken any bones (so far).
    Hopefully it stays that way!

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    Both of my little toes are shattered to smithereens from years of playing football, after a while I stopped getting them reset and now they just come along with my body for the ride and serve no real useful purpose.

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    Also wishing Sylvia a speedy recovery. Sherlock crikey that's a long list Can't imagine what breaking your heel feels like....

    I was doing quite well until April this year when I shattered my knee cap into 3 in a riding accident - it's one of the worst things i've ever been though!

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    Luckily none (so far!) but have badly sprained an ankle with quite extensive ligament damage so can sympathise with Sylvia on the injury, hope she recovers as quickly as possible.

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    I wish speed recovery to Sylvia!
    I've had a bad car accident some 20 years ago, and ended up with a broken leg. It was femoral bone in question. I've spent a few month in hospital, and have to tell you, not a good experience. Fortunately it was just that one time.

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    A broken nose and a broken metatarsal - both playing football. Neither stopped me playing the next weekend


    Worst injuries were not bones, with a torn achilles tendon and ruptured medial knee ligament - both of those took 6-12 months to get back into running properly again (never quite ran the same again) - and were far more painful than broken bones.

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    I used to race MottoX in my young days, and also played ice hockey. I've broken an ankle, nose and 5 ribs (every time you breath that hurts).

    Though as Gooner states, it's not so much the broken bones, but the torn ligaments, ruptured knee joints, prolapsed disks, bruises, strains and concussions which were the worst. These can also impact your quality of life going forward, especially as you get older.

    But when your young, you tend to be fearless, hey!
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    I agree normally broken bones are not that big deal. But it always depends. The open fractures destroy a lot of other tissues. Broken joints simply never heal and there can be even total stiffness of that joint = same as destroyed tendon. Broken spine was/is actually worse than half of tendons removed from my leg. But worst are broken or missing organs. I have an impression I would top that chart as well

    Can't imagine what breaking your heel feels like
    I did not feel it at all. They did nothing with that bc I had to lie for long time anyways. They just put it to the right position. On one leg it was fixated with K-wires along with ankles. It was big fun when they were removing them without narcosis or painkillers. Just a doctor came with common pliers and for a hour was trying to pull the wires from my leg with full force like a nail from hardwood.

    But the best was that there were lot of medical students around looking at it. After they finished I was totally confused by pain that was not even pain. Covered in tears I asked one student for a cup of water, but I called her "nurse". She told me "**** off, I am not a nurse" and left. For sure one of the top10s in hospital. I really do not know whether is better to be in post-socialistic hospitals where people behave like this or in capitalistic hospitals where you have to crowdfund your own surgeries.
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    Yikes Sherlock - your hospital experience sounds horrific! I am waiting to see if they will take the wire out of my kneecap - hope so though I won't be doing it without a general anesthetic!


    I agree with what most of you say about tendons and ligaments. Whilst my kneecap has been put together and bone healed ok, I’m finding it really hard to regain movement as I was before, if I ever will is a good question. My patella tendon was severed and then of course as you all know being in a cast not doing much for 8 weeks you get severe muscular dystrophy. I can barely bend my knee 90 degrees at the moment, and it’s taken months to get to this point… lots of physical therapy loads of patience. Though I am thankful I reached a point where I can drive and walk about now. I am even riding again as it helps things along.

    I feel lucky I suppose I never suffered from much before, especially when I think back to when I snowboarded a lot in my 20's - as Daves says to be young and fearless!

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    Broken nose a couple of times and fibula (a smaller calf bone) once. 10+ ankle sprains and several not-too-serious knee injuries. But, I guess that's not too bad for a 30-year stint on various football pitches, mostly really bad outdoor surfaces, plus indoors a couple of times a week.
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    Good physiotherapy is great and it helped me a lot even when I started many years after.

    But apart of that is very important do not pity yourself too much. Limiting oneself because for example the foot can not move properly or because doctors said that is the way to hell. After injury the (right) movement is imho more important than before.

    Great is daily yoga/stretching. Even after one week with 30-60 mins exercise the life changes. It is very hard to keep on, but it is also the best thing for body after injury.
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    I broke my big toe a few months back, first and only bone I have ever broken, and at the age of 37 that is pretty good going I think.
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    None. And never will (I just know). Broken my mind/head/brain more than once though and I'd rather have broken bones.

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    Not a single one. Never was in a serious accident and maybe my bones can handle that ha ha.

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    Broke a bunch, childhood X3 drunk friend X1 kicking heavy stuff X2 hitting things youe shouldnt hit X3


    They all hurt for weeks, some for life
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