Thursday, May 23, 2013

Yes... I broke my surfboard with my head!

I'm not exactly sure what happen!
On Monday I got back in the water for the first time in a month! I just recovered from my lovely foot injury! Just me and hubs headed out! 

Monday it was a sunny day ..water was was fun.. Small 2-3.. Easy waves..
My first ride was the best!! A nice right.. They were all rights!! 
It felt good to be back on the board.. I caught 3 more fun rides after.. I was having a better surf day than the last couple times I went out!! I was Happy!! 
Plus the vibe in the water was good everyone was having fun!

I however was tired from not getting a good night sleep the night before and having not been in the water for a while ...

I tell hubs I'm taking one more in... I sit inside a bit ... Go for a wave and ..BAM ... Wipeout!!!
I'm not sure exactly what happen .. But when I was under water I heard and felt a big crack!!
That just so happen to be my surfboard hitting my head! 
I was dizzy popped out of the water yelled for my husband and laid on my board and let the white wash take me in..
I saw Will a fellow surfer out of the corner of my eye yelled for him and reached and grabbed hold of him .. I said I hit my head bad .. Please help... 
He said first looked like my head was bleeding and walked me to the sand..I had my eyes closed .. Because I was dizzy and nausea..
Someone grabbed my hands and guided me the rest of the way... It was my friend Mike Frank . He said Michelle its Mike Frank.. Your gonna be ok..
He sat me down on the beach and I was able to open my eyes and was trying to focus. I was dizzy and a bit dazed and confused.. He sat and talked to me for a bit till the lifeguard got there and my husband made it in.
I was not bleeding it was more of like a skin knee looking sore.. 
The lifeguard did all the tests.. I seemed fine.. They put ice on my head and made me stay still for a bit. He asked what part of the surfboard did I hit and my hubs picks up my board and everyone gasps!! At this time I'm surrounded by a lot of the Blackies crew.. And probably a few people I did not know!!
I saw my board and the damage my head did to it!! And my hair was stuck in the board!! I was scalped by my surfboard !!!
Then I started crying!! I was being tough and not crying like a sissy !! But then I saw my board and even the lifeguard "Ryan" thought he lost me... I'm not sure if I was shocked at what I  saw and my hair hanging off and embedded in my board... Or the fact my board ... My beloved "Mo" was damaged!

After settling down and getting the OK  from lifeguard Ryan to move...I took off my wetsuit and said goodbye and Thank Yous!!

I went home relaxed and took Advil..
Lifeguard said I did not need to go to the hospital  and told Brian what to watch for.. But I/We have head/concussion experience.. Haha... So I stayed home and just relaxed.

So I made it through the night! It was a restless painful night..
I woke up and was in pain .. More than the day before and I lost my taste buds ... I can't taste anything... And everyone is hounding me to go and get looked at.
I call Kaiser ... Speak to An RN.. Her suggestion after finding out I lost sense of taste.. To go to ER .. And have an MRI

I finally go to the ER.. My friend/neighbor drove me after her And my sister lectured me to go!
I get the same exam the lifeguard did And I got a CAT Scan.. 
All turns out OK!! No trauma or bleeding to the brain and no symptoms  of a concussion !!
They see pictures of my board and just like all the surfers at the beach... Say they don't know why I do not have more damage and I'm lucky!

They give me Norco for Pain.. And say to rest for at least a week!

As for loss of taste.. May be the swelling pressing on a nerve messing with my sense of I have to rest and give it time!

So that's where I am now!!

I hope this blog makes sense.. I was waiting a few days to write it... But again I do have a head injury!
As Pabs would say... Here be the pix! I posted my pix of my head first day and the next day!


  1. I was very worried after our text exchange not to see a post from you. I was actually about to text you again to ask about you. So relieved that your tests gave comforting results! Poor Michelle. Hope you and Mo will heal soon and you both get back to the water very soon. Take good care of you.

  2. I was wondering why no posts for a while!First the foot now the head! Glad to hear you are ok. Take care and I am sure you will be back in the water soon, cheers
    Bron x

  3. This, I have done. When I cracked my board on my head, I was wearing a hood. I surfed around for a while more, and then got out of the water. When I pulled the hood off, blood and salt water poured out in a dramatic fountain. My wife sent me to the urgent care, where they made fun of me for having hurt myself in 1' surf.

    Glad you're not seriously injured, and I trust that the board will go back together easily.

    See you in the lineup!

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  5. Oh my gosh Michelle! I'm so glad that you are OK and all the tests came back OK. I'm sorry about Mo but hope that he can be fixed. Rest up and feel better soon!

  6. Ouch! I am a nurse I can only imagine the fear that can run through ones mind after such an injury! You did the right thing to get checked out! The brain is such a fragile organ and is very vascular. Even after the injury you must monitor yourself in addition to having family members watch out for you. The brain itself can be bruised inside regardless of bleeding. Symptoms of being very sleepy and nausea are definitive causes for concern as well as loss of consciousness. I always worry about my board hitting me in the head just for the shear size of my head! You cant miss it! I always cover my head under water as I fear the fins will find their way to my scalp for sure! Glad you are ok. Is you board being repaired? I would have started crying just when you said you did too!

    1. Board is repaired.. I'm a bit behind on blog posts.. I did an awesome blog last week regarding my last two times surfing and my repaired board.. Went to post it and it erased!!! I wrote it so perfectly too ...ugh!!
      I'm alright and been in the water 4 times since the accident ....
      It's all part if surfing... Eventually you get hurt... Glad it was not as bad as it could've been!