Letís face it, injuries suck. There is nothing worse than the moment it happens. Your eyes widen, something gives, and you know your season is over. Iím currently on the #roadtorecovery as I type this.(Which is debatably almost as bad as the injury) In twelve days Iíll be under the knife for a shoulder anthroscopy and labral repair. Iím going nuts. There are so many things to do while Iíve got two semi working arms, things to prepare and gear to pack up. With that in mind, Iíve compiled a list of thing I think (and others too) should be done before surgery, and how to cope with the sensation in your feet, because letís be honest, youíre not getting in ski boots anytime soon.

My number one priority is being informed. What all do I need for the surgery, and what do I need after? How can I hide my piercing from my Dad? When can I ski again? What the hell are they doing in there, and most importantly, will I get pain pills? Having all your questions answered should be the first thing you get done. Making sure you have all the needed items for post opp should be included in this.

Secondly, Iím gonna get as many days in as I can. (NOTE: OP IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY HARM CAUSED, ONLY SKI IF PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY POSSIBLE) I can still ski. Granted, I canít do a lot, and I struggle to find a level Iím comfortable skiing at, but Iíve got two good legs and lots of powder. Should I fall Iíve got a protective cushion to ensure my arm isnít damaged any further. Besides, Iím already hurt. My season is over.

My parents have finally caved and gotten Netfix. Iím currently setting up my list and finding tv shows, movies, documentaries that Iím interested in so Iím not fumbling around with one arm, attempting to type out ďOrange is the New BlackĒ because honestly I doubt Iíll be able to hit the right key. Make sure youíve got back up plans, just incase one doesnít work out.

Iíve asked a few friends if they had any suggestions, things to do before you canít do anything. One friend would use his last days to their full advantage. Skiing, snowshoeing, having fun. Spend time with friends. Surgery can be stressful, so the more they could do to take their mind off it, the better. Another simply said theyíd go Paraskiing. My favorite response was do something you really want to. Something that youíre not going to be able to do for sometime.

Itís really up to you to decide what you feel is right, and what is acceptable to do in this situation. I like to write things out, because I worry a lot, and I find having a written list calms me and shows me what all I need to get done.

Post Opp got you down? Time to find new hobbies (but donít let go of your current ones), stay connected and push through it.

Personally, Iím a huge hockey fan. Thankfully the Olympics can tide me over during the seasonís break. I plan on looking up more about the sport, watch a few films and diving into something that Iíd like to know more about. (itís been a few years since Iíve played) I suggest looking into something, especially with the Olympics going on, look up ski jumping or skeleton, something youíre unfamiliar with.

We live in the digital age. Youíd have to live under a rock to not know this, which also means youíre lucky enough to have lots of things to keep you entertained. Newschoolers is an awesome community, use it to your advantage. Should you choose to abstain from social media and online activity, (and that I doubt) go pick up a book. Give a topic youíve been curious about a chance! Keeping your mind active is gonna be important when all you get to do is physical therapy and stare longingly at your skis.

Lastly, itís important to understand whatís about to happen. Getting surgery is a big deal. Donít freak yourself out and youíll be fine. Nerves are completely expected, and youíll be up and going in no time. If youíve had a season ender, stay strong. Get to work on healing that sucker up and strengthening it for the next season. The mountains arenít going anywhere, and neither are you.


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