June 4, 2017 – almost exactly one month after the IronMan 70.3 – Lamoni fell. He fell hard. We were visiting one of Lamoni’s brothers in Bear Lake, UT. This brother and his family live in California so we don’t get to see them often. We had a great time and enjoyed being together. We stayed at a time-share and the kids loved playing with their cousins. After getting out of the pool at the time-share, Lamoni was hopping in the shower to get his foot so he could put it on. He slipped in the shower and fell down hard. He landed right on his stub. Without his prosthetic on. It was bad. We were getting ready to leave anyway, so we quickly got in the car and headed for home. We stopped at a gas station on the way so I could get some ice for his stub. He was hoping it wasn’t too bad, but as we kept driving (it was about a 4 hour drive) he could tell that he had hurt it pretty bad. By the time we got home he couldn’t put his prosthetic on. It was too swollen and it hurt too much.
He saw the doctor and they took x-rays of his stub. They really couldn’t find anything except that maybe he bruised the bone. But even the doctor said, “Look, you don’t have a normal leg. These radiologists don’t really know if what they are looking at is “normal” for you.” That’s true Doc.
So, he was just told to stay off of it so he could heal. We wondered that if it was broken at least a little somewhere, maybe a chipped bone or something…. that he would need to stay off it for 6 weeks like any other broken bone. It was actually 7 weeks that he missed work and could not really wear his prosthetic. That was a bummer. When it was just starting to get better internally, the skin started to act up and get sores all over. He was starting to be able to bare weight on his stub, but then the skin on his stub started to blister and then scab up. So that was another few weeks of not being able to wear his prosthetic. It sure was a drag.
He had a Spartan Race already scheduled with his ticket purchased for July. But, being Lamoni, he figured there was still a way. Nothing can really stop him. He has some amazing will-power.
So, he started training for the Spartan using crutches. I will post about that Spartan Race soon.
He figured out how he could “run” while on crutches.
After a few weeks, he was able to put his prosthetic on, but he couldn’t put full pressure on it for running. He still used the crutches as support as he ran.
I will admit, in the video above I had parked along his route to see if he needed any assistance. Maybe he was too tired, maybe his foot was too sore, maybe he needed a drink….. but as you can see. He just smiled and passed me by. I’m sure he was tired. I’m sure he was sore. I’m sure he could have used a drink… but he never stops.
In the meantime, he still kept as active as he could without wearing his prosthetic. We went on hikes and looked at some petroglyphs that are less than 10 miles from our house. That was fun! The 3-year old lost her energy on the hike and Lamoni had no trouble putting her on his shoulders to finish hiking back to the car. (I was holding the baby) We had a good time!