Injury One-up Mann-ship

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Following the full and gory details of OIly’s shoulder dislocation in Episode 123, Niall from Newcastle has been in touch with a horror story of his own:

I feel Olly’s plight. I went skiing over the Christmas week and after one day and a half day fell ill, and after two days I went to the doctors, by which time we knew it definitely was not food poisoning! I was immediately hospitalised with appendicitis and was operated on the next day which was Christmas Eve, which had many complications; the appendix having already split and part of my colon was removed. I had to spend 9 days in hospital, and bearing in mind I was in France, the only comfort I had was that my French was improving quickly! I arrived back in the UK on the 1st January, and still have an open wound on my side from the operations…

Sheesh! In the grand scheme of things, compared to Olly’s unspectacular 1 metre drop to the ground after only 90 seconds of skiing, it seems it could have been rather worse. We hope this picture of Olly looking glam in the awesome Canadian Rockies cheers you up, Niall:

I'm smiling now but in a week I'll be on Valium for back-pain

Meanwhile, Ben from Oxford writes:

Helen and Olly, Answer Me This: After my arm was put in a sling, why did my mother make me spaghetti for my first supper?

Well, Ben. I think that’s because, as we’re all learning, life can be CRUEL.

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10 Responses to “Injury One-up Mann-ship”

  1. Abby Says:

    Olly’s dislocated shoulder story could at least be fabricated into a tale of blowing winds and blinding snow! I dislocated my shoulder a few months ago (before the snow) by falling over what I presume was an invisible brick outside of a bus station in front of ten tracksuit wearing teenage boys. The following day we had fajitas for tea.
    Feel better soon Olly!

  2. Emma Says:

    Surely this must be the winning candidate for the next addition to the AMT jigsaws, to which I have become strangely addicted in recent days?
    As someone who lives in a ski resort I can confirm that skiing is definitely dangerous. Usually only to those that actually get pointing downhill at some point, or are stupid enough to go off piste though.
    Get well soon anyway. Next time may I suggest sitting in a mountain-side restaurant sipping mulled wine as a safer option.


    All you need is a second head and you can be Zaphod from the hitchhikers guide. Get well soon, even if that is just a hollow statement.


  4. jenagain Says:

    I’m a triple-dislocation survivor, though my circumstances were significantly less embarrassing, so I’ll focus on my best friend’s knee injury instead. She had a student job in a library while in prep school in Massachusetts. She was in a tiny, rarely-used room of books, and when she bent down to shelve a book, her knee went out. Realizing that no one ever came to this room, she had to start yelling for help. First, very quietly, hoping someone would be nearby. Eventually she had to holler, attract the attention of everyone in the library, and be hauled out through the reading room on a stretcher in front of her classmates. I hope this reminder of the dangers lurking in the library will save some other person from such a fate.

  5. Larry Says:

    I dislocated my shoulder in a much more spectacular way, and I didn’t even need a cast.

    One of my poetry classes at university was next to the gymnastics practice area. And I arrived early. Of course, their is a locked gate in front of the room with all the trampolines and balance beams and whatnot, but I am an idiot, so I climbed the fence to get in their and–in the immortal words of Naughty By Nature–jump around.

    I had fun for about 5 minutes, until I did one of those sprinty-jump trampolines and overshot my landing pad. Well, my head overshot it. I landed with my neck crunching against where two unevenly sized mattresses met, and there was a crunching sound audible to my class mates who had arrived and were watching with glee. Glee which turned into shrieks of horror.

    Luckily, I only had whiplash, a bruised rib, and a dislocated shoulder.

    I sat through class then went to the hospital.

    Even though your frail English body deserves no sympathy, you have some empathy from me Ollie.

    Get better immediately!
    Larry in Michigan, USA

  6. Freyja Winterson Says:

    It just looks like someone is hiding in Olly’s coat behind him and sticking their thumb up

  7. Adam Francis Says:

    That photo looks like a photoshop mock-up that has gone BADLY wrong!

    Your arm looks weird, too (!!) 😉

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