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mattyc says:
So Monday afternoon around one we were skiing down from the top of the mountain. I saw a little Kicker i wanted to launch. I slowed down to a speed I was comfortable with and hit the kicker...which was more shaped like a quarter pipe...which I had not anticipated. It somehow threw me pretty high despite it's small size and launched me in a trajectory to land face first and likely break my neck. I made a split second mid air decision to try and front flip to try and roll out of the fall. I didn't quite make the rotation and landed square on my upper back which. The impact compressed my whole body ontop of itself. This caused two of my vertebrae to collide into one another. As a result I fractured my T12 and L1 vertebrae. Luckily there was no nerve damage or bone debris in the spinal channel. If I'd have landed differently I likely would have been paralyzed. The fractures ended up being a lot less severe than the x-rays initially looked. As a result I will not need surgery...but I will be in a back brace for 6-8 weeks with limited mobility (I no bending, lifting things,or twisting my back) till it fully heals. This was my from the ER for about 5 hour while I waited for the CAT Scan results and waited for the spine DR. ETC ETC. As of now I've been cleared by the Occupation therapist who showed me how I need to get dressed in the mornings, sit down, get out of bed, etc etc. I've also been cleared to leave by the Physical therapist who made sure I could walk and use stairs etc etc. The trauma people cannot let me release till I Ploaf (make poop). Basically a lot of times when you break your back it makes you pretty constipated and they need to make sure your bowels are functioning so that you don't end up "full of shit" and need surgery on your intestines. I've been farting regularly which is good and my bowels sound like they are functioning....but I can't get released till I actually Ploaf.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 3:36am -
mattyc says:
For a slightly closer view if you aren't able to make me out in the reflection of the Light.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 3:37am -
EdwardTeach says:
wow. so sorry to hear this. i'm glad you're relatively okay.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 3:39am -
HiImTerry says:
Soooo, does this mean you won't be following Ula's directions from this week?
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 3:40am -
revgoomba says:
Dang! Hope you get back on your feet soon!
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 3:55am -
ThatGuy says:
Goddamn man. That is f**king nuts. I hope you take care of yourself while healing. You're very lucky.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 3:56am -
flainez says:
Ouch man! This sucks! Take care and get better soon...
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 4:04am -
mOtke says:
I don't have many words at this point. Sadness. That's a word. Relief is another.

Sorry buddy. I hope that the nurses are cute and that Grand County medical staff have been nice to you. Did you stay up in Winter Park, or are you in Denver?
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 4:08am -
benfrank says:
i nearly cried when i started reading. so glad you are alright. i pray you recover quickly and that your pain level is as low as possible. also, show number 2 who's boss!
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 4:28am -
Ploafmaster says:
Dang...I'm glad you're alive, and it sounds like you will recover (however slowly).

May you ploaf like a crazy person so you can get out of there.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 4:34am -
keifel says:
wow. glad to know that you're ok. get rested, get better.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 4:36am -
robberfly says:
who does number two work for?

sorry, hope you recover soon
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 4:36am -
mynameisjason says:
geez. that sucks, matty- here's hoping to speedy pooping and quick recovery.

also, i love that you thought of whiskerino while in the hospital for a broken back.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 5:13am -
Wirrow says:
Yeah sorry to hear man. Hope you get to feelin better!
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 5:38am -
michaeljstraub says:
This is terrible. I'm glad that you are okay though. Good luck pooping!
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 5:55am -
dizzywizard says:
ouch. sorry to hear. hope your recovery is speedy.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 5:55am -
brandon says:
Trudy and I will keep your speedy recovery in our thoughts and prayers. Good luck traveling - will the Throwdown still be a possibility?
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 6:30am -
kidstatic says:
whoah. so sorry to hear this buddy. get well soon.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 6:34am -
ewagoner says:
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 6:37am -
Moses Marion says:
So sorry to hear this @mattyc at least you didn't break your beard... prayers go out to you
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 6:37am -
herr neas says:
i hope for a speedy recovery
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 6:41am -
Twisted Sistare says:
damn dude! glad you're (mostly) ok! good luck with the healing and enjoy that ploaf when it finally comes.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 6:42am -
themightyjones says:
Dude, so sorry to hear about your accident, but very happy to hear it didn't end up worse. Happy pooping. Hope you're home, resting, and recovering soon.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 6:42am -
Mok the Todd says:
thankful you're going to be ok. hope you're feeling better soon.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 6:50am -
rodohmes says:
whoa...you have had a crazy week!
hope everything turns out alright
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 6:56am -
Brauette says:
That's terrible, but I'm glad you're ok. Good luck on a solid ploaf!
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 7:05am -
blackbeard says:
poop soon. glad you are ok.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 7:05am -
Andrew says:
holy crapballs. super glad you're not hurt worse.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 7:12am -
Fofe says:
Sorry to hear you're in such miserable condition, but glad that you're OK. Sounds like you've got a few tough weeks ahead, heal fast.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 7:14am -
tedford says:
yowzers. that sucks, but it sounds like it could have been alot worse. take care of yourself and work those bowels.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 7:18am -
ThatGuy says:
I just realized that with 6-8 weeks of limited mobility, you are probably going to go crazy trying to find some project that you can do to pass the time. The art world could end up benefitting greatly from this unfortunate event. Here's to healing quickly.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 7:24am -
hankbobs says:
Holy crap matty, this sucks so bad. At the same time it doesn't suck at all, in that you had the experience to adjust and save your neck/back/life. Great to hear about the farts too, and good luck with the poop. From my recent experiences with such things, be very wary of the pain meds, that can be much worse than the injury. If you don't miss a photo day through this whole ordeal you should be voted king of the UNIVERSE
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 7:39am -
Pip says:
Sucks bad, man. Glad you seem to have come out as good as possible, considering.

Happy ploafing, sir.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 7:47am -
mackle says:
I am immensely concerned for your health but can tell from the writeup that your brain is still intact (@Ploafmaster will be proud). As with everyone else here, I hope for your speedy recovery and that everything shakes out alright.. this is awful and I hope you aren't in an overwhelming amount of pain!
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 8:15am -
jnonfiction says:
@mattyc I'm so sorry to hear this. I'm relieved you're not paralyzed. I'm laughing about "ploaf."
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 8:19am -
Presto Beardo says:
Hopefully your rat tail is still intact.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 8:22am -
l_etranger_ says:
this is painful to hear, for sure. Really thankful that you're not paralyzed or dead. I'm going boarding this weekend, so I'll be sure to think about you and take extra safety precautions. (thinking about what kind of tribute shot I can do for you on the slopes... ploaf on the slopes?)
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 8:35am -
chadmcclarnon says:
oh man..I really hope you can recover and be back to your awesome self again. I'm sure you will continue to post throughout which is a testament to your awesomeness in itself.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 8:38am -
herr neas says:
i've also been farting regularly

Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 8:44am -
herr neas says:
i call for a ploaf strike
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 8:45am -
herr neas says:
nobody ploafs until @mattyc ploafs!
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 8:45am -
herr neas says:
hold it in!
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 8:46am -
GrapeS says:
wow at @herrneas but i really hope you recover well. back injures scare the shit out of me, just hearing about them.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 9:09am -
Daniel says:
I've seen many a good man taken out like this. You'll feel better once you dump. Get well soon.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 9:13am -
wondermade says:

My dad broke 2 of his vertebrae in a car wreck years back and waiting to find out what's up is terrifying. I'm glad your body handled it so well, and I'm hopeful the recovery is easier than expected.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 9:20am -
miguelito says:
you biffed it.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 10:15am -
miguelito says:
i feel for you man. empathize? something similar happened to me under different circumstances, but i had to wear a brace, etc etc, but was mostly fine. my back still hurts from time to time, but it's not like i can't do stuff. if i see you at the throwdown i'll buy you a pint and stare at you while you drink it. (i can't drink)
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 10:31am -
miguelito says:
the vicodin helped. a. lot.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 10:32am -
shularbrau says:
holy crap man. this sounds absolutely horrendous.
X2 shitty it happening during vacation.

I thought my emergency appendectomy this summer while on vacation sucked hard, but once again, you had to go and 1-UP me.

I hope you have an as-speedy-as-possible recovery.
I wish I knew a company that delivered get well soon taco baskets.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 10:34am -
Snuffleupagus says:
Thank God you aren't paralyzed.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 10:35am -
Yogi Beard says:
Holy crap. You are a lucky, lucky man. It's a little scary to think what could have happened if things were different by only a fraction of an inch.

I wish you a speedy recovery and hope you get some tacos soon, you've sure as hell earned them.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 10:52am -
folliclejuju says:
oh my stars...that really is a bad day. dude. there are no words, my friend. glad to hear you're farting, though.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 10:55am -
Wheat Beard. says:
Awe man, bummer. Glad it wasn't worse. Get well soon and good luck with the ploafing.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 11:09am -
Ula O cealleigh says:
oh dear... man.. :/

frontflips are bad cudos...
sending my best wishes..
glad you managed to upload man... :/

not sure what to say!! :o
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 11:10am -
Ula O cealleigh says:
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 11:11am -
kinetek says:
get well soon, beard. No bueno, but could have been much worse.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 11:15am -
mOtke says:
So, you're part robot now. I get it. Still sucks.

BUt: will you be able to make it to Throwdown still?
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 11:16am -
Davis says:
christ.... i was pretty scared when i saw the photo. glad you're doing decently okay, and keep us up-to-date. you've obviously got people here that are interested, judging by the comments.

at least i know i'm now free to post cat pictures without worrying about being poisoned immediately, hah. may you ploaf with godspeed.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 11:17am -
Chinese Wildman says:
Sorry to hear about you getting hurt, dude. Hope you bounce back fast and drop a big ol' Ploaf. Hang in there.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 11:22am -
James A. Polk says:
as I am going to AK on Sat to ski, this does not build my confidence. How you get well soon!
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 11:29am -
James A. Polk says:
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 11:29am -
Corey says:
Man this sucks. Here's hoping for an easy 6-8 weeks for you.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 11:33am -
falfa says:
should ploaf (Ploaf) be capitalized? its root is certainly a proper noun, but has it become so common in usage that it is no longer proper?

Speedy recovery, and all that, but the grammatical progression of this word is something that shouldn't be lost in all of the hoopla.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 12:02pm -
Matthew_Moore says:
Damn dude - I'm sorry to hear about all that!
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 12:02pm -
Jarrett says:
Oh man dude. Sorry to hear that. That sucks. Hope you recover quickly!
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 12:06pm -
Just Jamey says:
Lord have mercy. I'm glad you're alive, and not paralyzed.

With a heavy heart, I'm going to king you. You posted on a really shitty day for yourself.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 12:20pm -
hale. says:
geez, matty, this is terrible. i'm so glad you weren't hurt more seriously. thank God you were able to escape with what you did.

i hope you have a rapid recovery. get yourself well. you'll be in my thoughts.

Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 1:07pm -
SpiceJ says:
DAMN IT MATT! STOP HURTING YOURSELF DURING WHISKERINO. Weren't you the one who had to have stitches during the last whiskerino, or was it mustache may?! Either way, STOP! Anyway, much love. Heal. And land the trick next time ;)

But seriously, I really am thankful that nothing more than this happened. I'd go on a ploaf strike, but I ploafed before I saw this. Then after I read your description of what happened.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 1:13pm -
Johnny Rebellious says:
Holy crap! I don't know how I overlooked this earlier today! So sorry to hear this happened, but I'm glad the injury is not as bad as it could have been. Also, good luck with the back brace -- I know all too well how that is, trust me. I had major back surgery about 2.5 years ago, and after that I was in a brace for 3 months. So from that experience, I can tell you this: Don't worry -- once you get used to it and get in a routine, the time will fly by. I'm not gonna lie, it's gonna suck... but the time will fly. I hope your recovery goes smoothly, dude. Rest up.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 1:29pm -
jracecar says:
and i thought i was going to great lengths by driving around town looking for a view of both downtowns. way to show me up.

get well soon.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 1:53pm -
Gavin says:
wow matty, really sorry to hear about this. glad you didn't end up in even worse shape.

will they let you have some pizza then a cup of coffee? that'll definitely make you poop.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 2:26pm -
sariebell says:
O.M.G. Wow. I don't know what to say. I am really happy you aren't paralyzed, but it sounds like this has been a life changing experience.

Eat a few bean tacos and maybe you can leave the hospital? Take care, kiddo!
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 2:36pm -
Timcredible says:
I'm glad you are doing well. Continue on and poop strong
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 3:09pm -
SoulGlo1976 says:
I'm glad you're not paralyzed @mattyc.

Ironically, you seem to have cat-like reflexes.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 3:14pm -
pcain says:
wow dude. I cant even tell you how much this made me cringe while I was reading it. I really glad you are alive and can move. seriously.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 4:03pm -
Robfrenzy says:
get better man.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 4:08pm -
MrMaggie says:
all that ... and you still managed to post and comment and chat and stuff. you're a swell dude, and we're all pulling for you to heal up quickly.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 4:09pm -
zackle says:
Damn, pal. Scary stuff. I'm so glad it didn't turn out worse. Happy healing.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 4:55pm -
zackle says:
Also, good luck with the poopings.
I had a gnarly bike wreck last summer and the pain meds bound me up like that. Sucks.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 4:56pm -
Finn MacCool says:
Yikes. Hope the ploafing happens.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 5:03pm -
Ozzy Nelson says:
man, i am sorry this happened on your vacation. that is a bummer.
take it easy and let the ploafing begin
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 5:56pm -
Boaz says:
Man Matty, I'm sorry... prayers for minimal pain and full recovery for you sir. I hate your vaca went this route; take care of your self sir.

If you don't discharge; uh... get discharged tonight, make sure you get a sponge bath by a qualified nurse, IMMEDIATELY!
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 6:33pm -
Justin Will says:
Holy hell. Best wishes for a speedy and comfortable recovery! Obviously you're near indestructible, but even the most badazz dudes get scrapes and bruises. Seriously though, wow. Unsane.

Hopefully you're shittin' soon.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 6:56pm -
O-Train says:
Get well soon, man...shame this happened. This obviously could have ended much worse, though.

You should have tried to land on your beard. It should be big enough by now to absorb a big impact.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 7:07pm -
Terry Masters says:
oh man, so sorry to hear this. glad you're going to be okay but seriously, that sucks. really glad you escaped with your supermoves to prevent it from being worse. and you are the CHAMP for still posting, even with a BROKEN BACK! YOU RULE! KING EVERY DAY!

Feel better soon.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 8:08pm -
North Beard South says:
sorry to hear that man, get well soon

and @TerryMasters is right youre a superhero for still posting.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 8:38pm -
Ozzy Nelson says:
I was getting excited about topping 4k comments tomorrow. Then I looked at yours 7100. my God man. wow
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 8:40pm -
Voltron says:
Broken Back and still posting! King!
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 8:55pm -
jason says:
man i seriously hope you feel better....enjoy the heavy meds. everyone will be thinking of you.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 10:33pm -
Katie says:
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 11:21pm -
Karl says:
holy smokes. heal fast, friend.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 11:24pm -
mattmarch says:
Matty!! That was an emotional read. I'm glad you are clever and didn't land on your neck. The only bone I ever broke was on a board jump, but not nearly as gnarly as this. Heal well bro, God bless.

Now get the Ploaf out of there!!!
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 11:35pm -
alijoon says:
that sucks dude.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 11:50pm -
Ace says:
I kinda still don't believe your luck in this instance, but I'm glad you're ok for the most part. Heal quickly friend.
Posted: Jan 14th, 2010 - 1:04am -
Noelix says:
Get better soon man. And stop taking so many risks! Also, hope you have pooped by the time you read this.
Posted: Jan 14th, 2010 - 1:30am -
9schwander says:
missed this yesterday. Praying for a speedy recovery. I would pray about the pooping, but that feels kinda sacreligious somehow.
Posted: Jan 14th, 2010 - 4:20am -
iamaaronmartin says:
Man, I'll be praying for you. I hope you're recovery is easier than anticipated.
Posted: Jan 14th, 2010 - 6:18am -
iamaaronmartin says:
P.S. - I find it humorous that even with a broken back, you still haven't missed a day.
Posted: Jan 14th, 2010 - 6:19am -
Dave says:
wishing you a speedy recovery!!!
Posted: Jan 14th, 2010 - 6:34am -
Absolutely says:
you'll be in our prayers for sure. so glad it wasn't any worse than it already is.
take care of yourself and don't over-do-it in these next few days/weeks.
Posted: Jan 14th, 2010 - 6:36am -
gragaband says:
Damn... I did not see this yesterday. It's good to hear things are at least relatively mild. Get well soon.
Posted: Jan 14th, 2010 - 11:43am -
brobro says:
so sorry mattyc... that totally sucks.
i'm glad that you are okay though.
Posted: Jan 14th, 2010 - 11:59am -
XscatteredshowersX says:
wow. i have been MIA lately and just catching up with this. can't believe it. i am super glad you are alright since it could have been worse. hope you heal like the champion you are.
Posted: Jan 15th, 2010 - 7:20am -
(Another) Rachel says:
@mattyc - they tried that "can't leave till you ploaf" rule on me when I had major surgery several years ago. I went in the bathroom for a while, came out and said "O.k. I can go now", and they let me leave. SUCKAS!!!! Probably not smart on my part, but I couldn't stand another night in the hospital.
Posted: Jan 20th, 2010 - 8:51pm -
(Another) Rachel says:
BTW glad you're "o.k." and that it wasn't worse. take it easy man!
Posted: Jan 20th, 2010 - 8:52pm -
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