Did you ever plan on getting hurt?
I don’t think anyone gets up in the morning and thinks “Today would be a good day to break my ankle.” I don’t know anyone who says ” As soon as I’m done with breakfast, I’m going to slam the car door on 4 of my fingers or slip on the ice, fall forward and break my nose again.” Injuries happen and it’s always a surprise.
We here at the Antlers hotel have had our share of mishaps over the years. Some serious and some not so. Regardless of the severity, we heal.
Let’s say you are out skiing with your friends and you fall down. My personal observation of everyone that gets “bit by a snow snake” is as follows. First you’re surprised that you just fell down. Then you believe it hurts. Then you wonder why it hurts. Then you apologize to your friends for having to wait for you to get up. Then you feel really bad because you think you just ruined every one’s day.
Reality ultimately sets in. You are the one that has to have surgery. You are the one that goes through therapy. You are the one that has to use crutches or learns to write with your left hand because of the cast. Then you heal and you realize it really was just a bump in the road. It’s another notch in your belt. Something to talk about with your buddies. You’re right back where you were and just a little wiser, not cautious, wiser. There is a difference. Regardless of how or where you sustain an injury, you can chose to not ever participate in that activity again. That’s being cautious. To continue and participate and know not to make the same mistake again, that’s being wiser.
Here’s a few things that have befallen some of the Antlers employees.
Gladys and Lora have both had their share of set backs. Lora tripped on the carpet and broke her clavicle last year. Gladys has pushed a vacuum with her right arm for so long, she needed surgery on her elbow. They’re healed now and still participate. Lora continues to walk on carpet and when Gladys needs to use a vacuum, she alternates elbows.
We had an employee picnic a few years back and brought a volleyball net with us. Tom is a tall guy and we wanted him on our team until he “did a smash” and landed awkwardly on his ankle. He took himself out of the friendly game and watched his ankle balloon. He found out the next day that the ligaments in his ankle were all torn. Follow doctors orders and he was bowling at the next employee get together.
Can anyone guess who belongs to this leg? It was a great run down Windows in Sun Down Bowl when a large snow snake reared his ugly head. “Just another notch on my belt and a bunch of screws in my leg. Worst part about it? I couldn’t fly anywhere because I couldn’t get through security.” He has seen and experienced worse in the years he has played here and he continues to be a constant participant. Nothing keeps him down. On Sunday, he will ski in the morning, play golf in the afternoon and then text everyone that he’s at the bowling alley if anyone wants to join him.
Magda has a good one in recent months.
I have something to say about myself.
Darci is still in the process of fixing herself.
And Randi is the most recent participant on the playground. All that coming soon……..