A serious ski injury led to a torn rotator cuff and recovery
Like most days, Russ would either work the mountain or ski on his off days. Of course, today was different from all the others.
“On January 8th, 2019, I was skiing (not working this day) on a run that I have literally skied a thousand times before. However, on this day, I was experiencing a condition called “flat light.” This is a condition where everything looks the same such as the slope and the sky. There is no definition between these objects, which is extremely scary at any point in time, but especially while trying to navigate an aggressive ski slope.”
Thinking he was at the trail, Russ had to traverse out of this area to make it down the run. He skied out to find himself about eight feet above it and gravity took over. He fell on to his left shoulder, and unfortunately blew out his rotator cuff and labrum, which lead to severe tears in both areas.
Since Russ is a first responder on the hill, he immediately recognized the seriousness of his injury. His first thought after leaving the mountain was to call April Reed, Dr. Lynch’s nurse, and a personal friend of Russ’s wife who also happens to be an R.N. The next morning, he made the call. Fast-forward to February 12th, Russ went in for an arthroscopic repair of his rotator cuff and traditional repair to the labrum.