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Broken Billy

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Billy Cast

Teenage boys are not exactly famous for the their common sense.  And then for some reason we allow them to operate machinery capable of 80 miles per hour. Billy took a portion of the money he earned last summer as a deckhand on a salmon fishery  and spent it on a pretty darn fast snow machine and has spent the better part of this winter attempting to break himself into bits at top speeds across the ice and snow.  Last weekend he finally succeeded…well, maybe not to bits, but he did fracture the scaphoid bone in his left wrist.

Ask me how he did it. Go ahead…ask me!!

He drove over himself with his own snow machine. That’s right. Flipped it, rolled it over himself, and ran the high speed track across his face and forearm.

I asked the doc to cast his throttle thumb, to no avail.  So they wrapped up his arm and sent him on his way with instructions to return in six weeks time for an evaluation, and then likely they’ll wrap it up for another four. Hoorah. That’ll slow him down.

“All this does is take away my ability to use the brake,” says Billy  “And I never use that anyway!”

Okay. Maybe it won’t slow him down…

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The fracture in his scaphoid bone…a very long time to heal, they say.

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This is where the track when across his helmet at mach 10.

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Such a beautiful place to play.

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Of course…it didn’t exactly slow him down today.

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And sometimes he does things like this. Duh.

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He does things like this…and then acts surprised when he is injured. Duh.



14 Responses to "Broken Billy"
  1. Cathy says:

    We were at the ER 3 times in a six month period, for the same teenage boy. He seems to have settled down lately… Good luck with Billy!!

  2. Kristi says:

    Billy reminds me of my brother. My brother has broken his collar bone three times (because it takes on that “glass jaw” aspect once it has been broken). He had a metal rod in it all three times and kept having it removed because he didn’t like the way it felt). The last surgery included a bone graft from his hip. You’d think he would have learned, however, he is planning on dirt bike riding again this summer. He is 38. Good luck with Billy! 🙂

  3. Holly says:

    My mom would agree with me when I say it isn’t just boys. I almost did something similiar a couple times as a teen.

  4. Pam says:

    glad he had the helmet on !! broken bones are no fun, but maybe he learned something??

  5. ALAamberSKA says:

    Awe, that is so cool! I can’t wait until my boys are old enough to dangerous stuff that makes my heart stop.

  6. Chris Little says:

    I am amazed my friends and I made it out of AK alive and without a broken bone.

  7. Kristy K. James says:

    I’m thinking I agree with the whole padded room thing…except Billy is a boy. I’m sure he’d find something to do to amuse himself…and maybe figure out a new and interesting way to get a matching cast. 🙂

  8. mary says:

    I managed to make it to my early fifties before breaking a bone. Horse slipped in the mud, I think, I don’t remember much except that I woke up on the ground with a broken collar bone, a concussion, and multiple bruises. It was fun while it lasted, though.

  9. Shawn from Michigan says:

    My brother was a bit younger than him the 1st time he ran over his head with his own motorcycle, yes my wording means it happened more than one time!! Hang in there mom he outgrew this stuff by 30ish…..

  10. Lynn Falconer says:

    Broken bones happen, I waited till age 46 to run four dumb steps on wet grass and break an ankle with a major dislocation thrown in too. I had a pretty green boot for nine weeks. Slowed me down too, but they heal. There is no fun in sitting still is there Billy? Just don’t break your neck!

  11. Katie Brown Stafford says:

    Glad he had his helmet on…or it would take a lot more to fix. At least her got a cool green cast, I got an ugly brace and I broke mine a lot better (worse??). LOL

  12. Thank God for helmets!!! Broken arms will mend 🙂

  13. karla from Colorado says:

    He’s the same age as my son was when he broke his! Must be the thing to do when you’re 16 or 17. And are a boy. Mine broke his doing a “superman” (picture it) over the handlebars of his bicycle going down some gnarly huge sandstone rocks – kinda the same thing, just less speed.

  14. AJS says:

    Oh, Momma! That boy is shortening your life. 🙁

    I’m due in June and about ready to keep my boy in a padded room for life. :/

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