Will Breaks His Wrist

It is official, Will, who has broken six bones in the past thirteen years, can now add a seventh one to his collection.  His recent acquisition is the scaphoid bone in his right wrist (he is right handed).  The break is a result of a skate board accident.  All other fractures of the arm take an average of 6 weeks to heal, but Will had to break a bone that takes on average 8 to 12 weeks to repair.   The reason for the lengthy healing process is because it is a bone that gets very little blood flow, especially for breaks that occur on the inside of the bone, deeper inside the wrist, like Will’s.  We were suppose to leave April 3rd for our PCT hike, but that has now been pushed back to some time after his next doctors visit.  The soonest they would x-ray it, to see how the healing is progressing, will be April 10th.  Depending on the results, the cast could be on for another four to six weeks.  Tim and I are hoping that it heals enough by April 10th so that a simple splint can be worn for the remainder of the time.  If not, we will have to figure out a way to have his cast removed somewhere up the trail.   This would take place somewhere between Wrightwood and Kennedy Meadows.

One thought on “Will Breaks His Wrist

  1. Hi Will, ouch, bummer about the wrist. I’d like to help.
    Are you hiking the PCT this year? I work in the Marketing Dept at Bio Skin Premium Bracing. We’re looking at sponsoring thru-hikers with braces / compression supports (yes, wrist braces too). We’re located in Ashland, Oregon a few miles off the trail. Let me know what your hiking plans are this spring/summer. Here’s a glance at our products http://www.bioskin.com

    I’ve love reading your hiking posts and seeing the photos. Nice work!


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