*sigh* Still don't know why I do it, but I do. For those that don't know, I'm in the military and am also Airborne. I had a jump this past Thursday that didn't go that well. Well, I should say the jump itself was fine, it was the landing that was the issue. They claim that the winds weren't that high (9-10 knots) at ground level. I'm calling BS on that one. Don't know how skydiving is but on static line jumps, you are supposed to turn into the wind at about 200 feet AGL. You know you are facing into the wind because the front of your chute pushes in. I KNOW I was facing into the wind. I also KNOW that I was going across the DZ much faster than 9-10 knots. Let's just say that at about 100 ft I knew it was going to hurt. Unfortunately, I was right. I hit the ground hard. As soon as I got up I knew something wasn't right. Every time I tried to take a step with my right leg I felt a pop in my hip and couldn't put any weight on it. First time in my career I couldn't walk off the DZ. Got taken to the ER and once the adrenaline wore off the pain became excruciating. X-rays were negative and I was sent home. Followed up yesterday with my clinic and had an MRI done. Don't have the results yet but was given some unofficial results. It appears that I do have some tears in my hip. This can't be confirmed until the official results on Monday but it isn't looking good. I have to say that this is the worst pain I've ever had. I can't put any weight on it. Can barely move my foot without causing myself pain. I have to lift both legs to do anything. It's just damn near impossible to avoid the pain. They gave me some Percocet that is helping to take the edge off but sleeping is a chore. I've only been getting a few hours of sleep because I wake up once the pain meds wear off.
So, thanks for listening to me ramble. It just really sucks because I was supposed to be going to a school (BNCOC) on 08 Nov. For those that are in the military or were, they know that I need this school to get promoted. Unfortunately, this is the last school before the promotion board convenes on Feb. So it looks like I'll be getting passed over for promotion. I can handle the pain from the injury more than I can the pain of getting passed over for promotion.
2010 is officially the worst year of my life!!!