Got Injury, Can't Surf? No Problem

10 Jan 2017 1

Freya charging, pre-injury

Freya charging, pre-injury

COASTALWATCH | FEATURE

Words by Freya Prumm

Injury Perks Injury strikes? Can’t surf? No worries. Be quick to make your new, temporary reality work for you. Here are a few perks I discovered through my own little knee blowout; subsequent of a moonlight surfing misadventure.

1. Taking the bin out
Sliding down our slippery mossy pathway (which is not actually wide enough for the yellow bin) through the jungle (un-kempt garden) is almost a twoperson operation in itself. I was happy to have skipped a few weeks of that responsibility. However, unforeseen circumstances left me home alone for a month; the perk wore off as my olfactics were offended each time I went out the back door.

2. Underwear
A knee without sufficient bendiness makes putting undies on one of the more difficult and painful morning tasks. I decided not to take part in such a highrisk activity.

3. Cleaning the Car
I will clean my car when I get another job, I declared to my permanent resident. Thirty resumes later and still no second job. I will clean my car when my knee gets better. Okay yes . . . the car remains unclean. But really, who wants to clean their car on their day (weeks) off?

4. Using a cane (part 1)
Just need to duck into the shops to grab an avocado but there’s only disabled parks left? Run the gauntlet, take your 2 minutes and if you return to your vehicle with someone writing you out a ticket, your cane might help you plead your case. Generally speaking parking in a disabled space may make you a bad person, but if you’re temporarily disabled is it such a bad thing? The parking inspector will think so.

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5. Using a cane (part 2)
Using a cane to assist with getting around is kinda fun because you get to walk around like Dr. House. However, I was a little embarrassed when I walked into an Occupational Therapy clinic and the hand specialist told me I was using the cane incorrectly.

6. Using a cane (part 3)
A friend of mine with fashion qualifications (his homosexuality) told me I was ‘in fashion’ for the first time in my life. Apparently walking around with a cane is considered ‘hipster’. What if I actually need it to walk, does that still make it cool? I queried.

7. Using a cane (part 4)
If you are going out and having a little dance floor time your cane can be a great excuse to dance badly, or, to dance epicly (think: one of the classic spontaneous song and dance outbreaks of Mr Burn’s; see my vest, The Simpsons). However, the cane did not help me when the gig I was at suddenly erupted into a giant syrtos (traditional Greek dance where everyone holds hands in a large spinning circle). I opted not to partake in the shouting of ‘OPA!’ as a tactical move, saving all my breath as I furiously hopped around on one leg to keep up with syrtos traffic flow.

8. Ordering at Restaurants
Often injuries can mean adopting a ‘no sugar, anti inflammatory, paleo intergalactic super sonic foods only’ diet, you know, to give your body the best chance at healing itself (but if mercury is in retrograde then you’re screwed either which way). So when the $9 bone marrow dish sparkled at me from the menu, I had absolutely no shame in devouring every last morsel of that rich, fatty goodness, because hey, its paleo friendly, bitches.

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Freya Prumm is a charger from the southern NSW coast. Not only is she a competing on the WOrld Qualifying Series, she's also learning Spanish and studying a Bachelor of Pharmacy at uni. 

*VIDEO BELOW, Freya's 2016 Wave Of The Week

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