At SIA everyone was talking about you cracking your skull, what in the world happened?
Man, freaky stuff. You want the whole story?
Alright, it happened on Saturday, January 25th, we were filming for the new Videograss video Mayday
. The day started at this spot that Fronius wanted to hit and we had a super big crew for that. It was the last day Kuzyk had to film for his Welcome to Vans
edit that just came out. He wanted to get one more trick for it and wanted to go to Harding and try to do a line on the two kink rails that are there. We were in Minnesota and I have a truck so I agreed to help him by loading up the drop in ramp and gear in my truck. It was me, Kuzyk, and Tanner was filming. I really didn’t have any intention of hitting anything there and was more there to help Kuzyk, but when we got there and everything was set up it started to look more and more appealing. I got a trick in my head and decided to try it on the upper Harding rail. I warmed up a bit and waited for Sam (Videograss filmer ) to meet us. Once he showed up I started trying my trick. I was trying to backside 180 onto the upper Harding kink. I tried it about 10 times and came close, the one before the slam I basically did it but just kinda looked goofy. I was hyped because I was starting to feel really comfortable getting into the trick.
The next try I had a little bit less speed than before, but decided to try it anyway. I popped into the backside 180 and didn’t get into it right, I kinda panicked and turned into switch front board. That’s when things went bad, I hit the kink and the kink on the upper Harding rail is pretty short, so when I hit the kink it kind of launched me out and pitched me head first towards the stairs, I reached out to catch myself on the flat, but it was too late and I was past it by that point. I don’t remember too much after that, but I know I tried to save myself by trying to take the hit to the shoulder. (I hurt my shoulder too) but I remember opening my eyes and the whole world was just spinning so fast. I was asking the guys what happened and the looks on their faces told me this was not a good situation, the next thing I hear is the sound of the ambulance and I remember thinking, “Why is an ambulance here?” I was just so messed up and confused. When the paramedics tried to move me I just puked everywhere I was so dizzy and nauseous. The medics cut all my clothes off and loaded me into the ambulance. I don’t remember much from the ride to the hospital, but I remember like trying to calm myself down, like at least I’m alive kind of thing. I was super scared and not sure what I had done or what my diagnosis was going to be.
The next thing I remember was waking up in the hospital with a gown on and no joke 30 doctors looking over me, it was the craziest thing I have ever been through. Just like puzzled doctors not sure what was going on. Talking about I’m bleeding from my ear and all sorts of stuff. This is pretty freaky but I remember at one point seeing all these doctors and hearing all this crazy beeping from machines and stuff and I just leaned over and threw up like crazy and asked the doctor if I was going to die. That was pretty intense.
So after all that I basically slept for like a whole day and saw my parents and stuff and my friends came and visited me which was super cool, I couldn’t eat anyting for the longest time. The doctor told me I fractured 2 bones tranversely in my skull which was kind of rare and that I had a concussion and some brain swelling, he also told me I got pretty lucky and it could have been way worse. It’s been 2 weeks and 4 days since my slam and I can walk around fine and don’t feel dizzy, I have been doing physical therapy the last week and I’m doing way better. I’m pretty surprised I feel this good after only a couple weeks going from barely being able to walk clutching onto a morphine roller in the hospital. The looks on my friend’s faces when they realized it was a serious thing was crazy, Jake OE didn’t know it was so bad and they told me the story the other night and Jake said he turned to sam and was like, “Oh this is actually a serious thing huh?”
That sounds like a Jake comment. Haha. So what are you doing now? Playing video games? Eating my cookies?
Yeah, mainly watching movies and chilling. Your cookies are gone.
They were good though right? Tell everyone reading this how good they were.
They actually were so good! I was surprised! I feel like you probably got help though…
Woah bro… So what’s the best movie you’ve watched since your head injury?
Um. Probably HER.
That seems sorta like a chick flick?
I love chick flicks.
You do? Okay, what’s the best chick flick for someone like me who doesn’t necessarily like chick flicks?
Oh man, Love Actually. Haha. That’s a heavy one.
Love Actually? Are there babes in it?
Oh ok sold. I’m worried if I start watching that stuff, I might get soft and crack my head open if I fall or something.
Hahaha. You just got to be secure with your masculinity.
Yeah true. Is Minnesota still -50?
Nah it’s getting warmer.
Okay, back to your head injury. What’s the most thoughtful thing someone’s done for you since hitting your head?
I got a handwritten note and mixed CD from a nice girl, Justin Meyer sent me the new Grand Theft Auto game, Darrell (Mathes) got me a fishing video game and golf. Also my parents just letting me live with them and taking care of me for the last weeks.
That’s nice when friends and family come through. What fishing game did Darrell get you?
Is that the one with the fishing rod joystick?
Oh ok, that’s the one I have. Have you been catching a bunch of bass on that thing?
You know it.
Haha. Okay well I’m gonna go eat then Mike, Nima, and I are all ditching work early to go play basketball. I hope you keep healing up quickly!
Lucky! Tell them I said hi. Thanks man!