The locals have been in the wars lately. Grant and Faye went head to head with their skateboards and lost, although did live to tell the tale.....albeit with an assortment of broken bones. And then Gareth bust a disc in his spine.
So Millerslocal decided to follow up with the lame and limping to see how things were holding up.
First crash test dummy is Mr Grant Beck. He who coin tossed with the hill and the skateboard...and lost. Nicely bust femur for his efforts. Ended up getting it pinned, so now he'll have to be strip and cavity searched at every airport xray machine cos they reckon he's packing metal somewhere! Grants happy to report his 14 staples have been removed, so he no longer looks like he's been attacked by a rabid CNA employee armed with a stapler.
He's still on crutches for another month and will be having some physio soon to get him back to full strength. Hoping to be back in the water in about 2 months time. So make the most of the fact that he'll be parking off at Seal Point armed with a videocam for the next 8 weeks. Go big in the water or go home, cos remember - some ou's are land-locked whilst you out there pulling back on the sets!
Next up is Gareth - who managed to pop a disk in his back to such an extent it required surgical removal. He had his op last Thursday, and happily reports he had an almost instant disappearance of the constant pain that had been nagging him. His foot is still pretty numb, but the doc reckons that'll sort itself out in time. He isn't allowed to sit til this Friday, and has been flat out on his back for the time being. Physio should start soon, and he hopes to be back in the water in 4-6 weeks if everything goes according to plan.
And then we have Faye-mous Faye - who not so famously came a cropper on her skateboard last week whilst doing some training for a QS comp in Aus. Smashed up her lower leg in 3 places (tib-fib for those of you who know your bones) and had to go in for surgery to stick it all back together again. Kinda like Humpty Dumpty!
Anyway, Aus being a nice first world country, she has had great care and is now up and about on the Zimmerframe, dicing the grannies in the corridors! Imagine if you bust your leg in Indo? Hmm, rather don't imagine.
Unfortunately Faye missed the comp, and will be jetting home once the doc's are happy with her leg. She'll be out for about 3-4 months, which super sucks cos she's been training like a Trojan for this year.
So there we have it folks, your round up of the wrecks! Wishing them all speedy recoveries and happy mind-surfing in the meantime.