It didn’t just happen….

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by JJ2016, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. JJ2016

    JJ2016 Member

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    First track meet of the season;
    Second race;
    Forth hurdle;
    Finished eighth;
    Six hours in ER;
    One hour in surgery;
    Two pins holding ankle together;
    Six weeks in cast;
    Last meet of a potentially great season;
    Location June 28th – unknown;
    Thank God for having Plan B in place; dusting off Plan C.
     
  2. futuremarinemom

    futuremarinemom Member

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    So sorry, jj2016. :frown: Good luck on plan B.
     
  3. osdad

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    So sorry to hear it. My Youngster had what sounds like a similar injury - add a broken tibia. Lucky for her it was in Jr. year. Recovery period took most of 6months.

    I say that to reinforce that if attending the NA is a goal your injury will not keep you out. Rehab, get back in shape, attend Plan B, take plebe courses and do well, reapply. (One more thought: getting the screws out really set her recovery back. So talk to your Dr. about how invasive that will be and set your goals realisiticly.)

    Best of luck and a speedy recovery.
     
  4. howacupcake

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    praying for you
     
  5. dunninla

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    Oh boy.....

    OK, plan B.

    Or, is it possible to get a waiver the week before I-Day if the ankle heels quickly? I am assuming ankles heal more quickly than the tibia or fibula do? Can the ankle heal, and reahabilitate so that your son can do rigorous running and excercise, in 15 weeks?
     
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  6. 2012mom?

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    How awful. So sorry, JJ2016.

    Here's hoping that it's possible to heal in time for this year. Best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery.

    The (only) good news is that, having secured an appointment this year, your appointee should have a REALLY good chance of getting one next year, should he/she choose to re-apply.
     
  7. Just_A_Mom

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    Oh Dear....Since you already have an appointment, FWIW here is my unsolicited advice:

    1. If you have not already - call the Admission office. Let them know what is going on and your prognosis.
    2. Call DoDMERB. You have to report this injury anyway. Be prepared to have all your medical records forwarded to Dodmerb starting now. They should also be able to tell you where you need to be to be qualified, esp since there are pins involved.
    3. Eat well and do follow your medical advice.
    4. Find the best physical therapist you can. If you get the cast off about April 20 you may have a few weeks - however the Academy may have an earlier deadline you must meet; check with admissions on this.

    In the even you are not able to be qualified by I-day; let admissions know if you are willing to wait a year. Be honest - some kids would rather move on, while others are eager to give it a year.
    A similar thing happened to a friend of my daughter's several years ago at West Point - blew out his knee a month prior. They held his appt and he only needed to secure a nomination and update his package.
    The re-application process is not nearly so intimidating as the first go around. Remember - USNA offered you an appointment because they want you! Quick Healing!
     
  8. JJ2016

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    Thanks for all the thoughts and prayer. As a long time lurker and very infrequent poster, I hesitated to even post out dilemma. But there are two points that hope future applicants (and DS) can take away.

    1) No matter how great you think things are, the world can change in the blink of an eye. Yesterday, DS went to a track meet with two great options, an appointment to the NA and NROTC scholarship to USC. Today we wonder to what extent each option exists. (We also understand there is now additional effort involved to move forward.) The term “bubble wrap” is often taken as an extreme reaction to life. DS was doing nothing he hasn’t done 1000’s of times, no screwing around – it was just a freak accident. Bottom line, keep those alternate plans viable. Don’t let success in one arena stop your pursuit in others.

    2) Sometimes you’re dealt a bad hand; how do you intend to play it? We’ve all had the bad boss, the bad teacher, the unforeseen accident. Stop making excuses, figure out what you want, and start making plans to get there. No one is going to walk up to you and hand you your dream. If you accept mediocrity, you get mediocrity.
     
  9. crair70

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    JJ2016- I am so sorry to read your post! You have been so helpful to me with the PM and our conversations on here over the past few month and it saddens me to know your DS is faced with this disapointment! Be assured that I am confident he will be successful even after this latest hurdle. I wish you and your son the very best and please keep us posted on his recovery!
     

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