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Somebody I know well lived for the last 3 weeks with a break bad enough that the broken bone parts, while still pointing in the right direction, were offset so far that there was only about 20% contact for healing.

Today, after surgery, there is about 80% contact, and a big pin coming out the end of the finger holding things aligned.

The break occurred while climbing the banks of the North Umpqua. When the break occurred, the victim didn't make an exclamation or say anything, but just kept rock hopping and climbing around for about another 30 minutes, while we watched SSPey and some steelhead in a tailout.

When we finally got back in the truck 30 or 40 minutes after the incident, I saw a frown and a single tear as my 14-yr-old daughter said, "I smashed my finger."

Well, I guess she did. We didn't realize how bad at the time, as I kept fishing, and she did some single-hand, off-hand (left) casting for trout that afternoon. The next day the regular doctor said that all they could do was put it in a splint, and wait 6 weeks.

The regular doctor was Wrong. When the finger wasn't getting better, I insisted on the specialist. Olga saw him yesterday, and he thought it was so bad--and urgent, after 3 weeks--that he shuffled surgery schedules to fit her in today. We just came home and played cards after dinner like nothing happened, even though they used full anasthesia.

I guess I should stop being surprised at this little girl of mine. Two years ago she was torching her opponents in a basketball game, leading her team to an increasing but not huge lead. Two girls sandwiched her like a roller derby shot, leaving her on the floor briefly. She wasn't fazed, so a little while later, one of the girls--about 5'10" and 160 pounds, or about 10" and 60 pounds more than Olga--gave her a slam to the ground so hard she smashed her head and was dazed, this time. The ref kicked the offender out of the game, and asked Olga if she wanted somebody else to shoot her free throws. Olga said no, swished the foul shot, swished the technical, and then came out of the game.

One tough kid, no, one tough person. Tougher than I ever was. But then, as an adoptee, she doesn't have my relatively weak genes.

Unfortunately, both of my kids have to stay away from the water now (my son had an ear surgery a few weeks ago), so I'm without speyfishing partners for awhile. And the best part of the fishing year lies just ahead.

--Bill
 

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Howdy Bill,

Glad everything worked out for your daughter and it sure sounds like is quite the trooper. Talking about earning your steelhead! :Eyecrazy:

Vinnie
 

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She's certainly won my admiration! I'll keep my fingers...er toes crossed for a speedy recovery Olga. :)
 

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True Grit

Olga has True Grit. Her toughness makes me look like a little old grandma.
Klem ,....................:::::::::::>

Bill, tell her I'll be praying for her.
 

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Well Bill, it seems your "weak genes" are coming through for you and your family. Your gratitude and willingness to share this story speaks volumes about your character. Sure puts all of our equipment, time on the river, and the fish we've caught into proper perspective. Thanks Dave
 

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Wow! She is tough!

It's amazing how tough little girls can be. My daughter used to do gymnastics. (She does ballet now.) At one point she learned to do a round off back hand spring on the beam. For safety, you practice it for a while on a floor beam before taking it on to the high beam. On her first try on the high beam she straddled the beam while landing the back hand spring. :eek: Rather than getting down and giving up she insisted on doing the skill. She straddled the beam twice more, and it took about 10 tries before she finally got it, but she got it.

Oh, she doesn't do ballet because of getting phsically hurt; she can handle that. She does ballet because of how psychologically damaging gymnastics is. You think sports dads are bad, they are nothing compared to gym moms. Gym moms are psycho! :Eyecrazy:
 

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one tough speycaster...

Bill,

you didn't even mention that Olga was rock hopping and climbing around while wearing fuzzy slippers! :eek: What mortal would do that on the Umpqua, with poison oak and blackberry guarding the waters? not me...

my best wishes for a quick recovery
 

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"...while wearing fuzzy slippers..."

Reading the initial post 'self said to self:God that sounds like the North Umpqua. :Eyecrazy: First time I fished this river I 'dumped' TWICE even before I got my feet wet.

Last trip ... TWO steps into the river and I'm on my back side. Roll over and crawl out (no kidding) on my hands and knees. (Wading wet) Took everything out of my pockets and plopped same in my hat.

Back we go ... FOUR STEPS into the river and I'm on my butt AGAIN! :saevilw:
 

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fredaevans said:
First time I fished this river I 'dumped' TWICE even before I got my feet wet.
I take it dumped doesn't mean the same in the US as it does in Scotland.
Unless of course the wading looked very very frightening.
 
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