Sunday, July 27, 2008

One week

One week since I did the dirty dab. Its getting better. The swelling and pain have diminished a lot over the course of the week. Each day is a little different. What a major blow to the is really intense pain to brake a leg. Now at a week, I'm getting more movement in my toes, can bend and straighten the leg better, can do leg lifts and hop around on crutches longer. Its the little progress that I'm looking for.

For now I just hang out and look at the ceiling, the wall, the windows. Its actually quite peaceful and nice.

Big Thanks go out to the Mt. Snow Medics who hauled me off the hill. They were all really strong and in good shape. Even the guy that rode in the back of the pick-up truck who was asking me tons of questions to make sure I didn't have a head injury. They had a good clinic right on site and could get me assessed and comfortable to the hospital.

The Southwestern Vermont Hospital was not a terrible experience. My orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Matt Norfizer, was a good guy. He insisted on doing my surgery right away even though his staff would of rather gone home for the evening. They were googling me to see who they were operating on. I don't know if that help or hurt my cause. Time will tell, I guess.

Mt. Snow Resort was classy enough to call me monday and send flowers as well. Thanks everyone for the emails and phone calls. Its cool to know the people that care( and that don't) The good people of the Burg have been stopping in for mini visits and delivering sweets. Sugar isn't good for broken bones...sardines and kale are apparently.

I know Tim cares. Tim has a mustache. He has been helping me out so much, in addition to working at a busy SBC. Amara and Jason have been so kind, too. I'm hoping to make it to their wedding on 8/8/08. That would be a three week milestone.


  1. Good luck with the recovery Sue!

  2. Sue I am going to share a few things that helped me heal up after my little get off last year: magnesium, b-12 and comfrey (also known as bonemend!) I also stayed away from the sweets and ate lots of veggies rich in calcium and iron. I healed 8 weeks sooner than the Doc excepted. Hang in there this is just a little road bump(log) on the big highway(singletrack) of life.


  3. "Fortitudine Vincimus"
    Get Well!

  4. Glad to hear your recovery is going well and that you're enjoying your peaceful moments.

    Food for broken bones:

    Eat up!

  5. Hey Sue,

    I'm so sorry to hear about your broken leg. After such a great career, its sad to have it end like this. The pictures on your blog look like it was a really bad break, and I hope you have a complete and speedy recovery.

    But what an epic ride its been for you. I've enjoyed cheering you on and following your results the past few years. You've done all the races I want to do. And won them all. Congratulations!

    I hope to hear that you are back on your bike again soon.

    Your fan from Park City,


  6. I miss you Sue! I just got back from RAGBRAI and really sad to here the news from Kevin over the phone. I talked to alot of people out there that are recovering from a low point in life whether it be a injury, disease, or death in family, I know you can bounce back, you are the toughest lady I know. Can't wait to see you.

  7. Nice films - could you get a bigger rod in the tibia? Looks like your surgeon did a stellar job. Get well soon!

  8. Hey Sue~
    So sorry to hear for your misfourtune... Listen to Allison, take your pain meds, rest, relax, enjoy the time off, and heal yor mind body and soul! We are thinking of you everyday, and wishing you a speedy recovery. All our best~ Tomarra & Bruce.

  9. Wow. I saw the pic on another blog and had to check it out. I hope you are healing well...


  10. Susan...sorry to hear about the last race ending so abruptly. I hope no one said to you as they do in show biz...'break a leg'. 8^) Love the pic of the drive home - assume you sat in back seat w/ leg nicely propped up on the console...Hope it wasn't a manual....

    Jeff - one of Sue Hefler's Masters racers.

    btw...after this puppy heals...what are your plans post biking?

  11. Sue,
    I hope that you heal quickly. Best of luck with it all. We will miss you at the SM this year. Glad to hear things are coming along.

    -Shawn T.