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January 28, 2012 – Comments (6)

In the 80s I broke my leg skiing in the Alps at the age of 12 or so and it happened around a mile from the hospital of Schladming which apparently has doctors with huge experience in treating broken arms and legs, as the hospital was the hub for treating all the injuries from one of Austria's busiest skiing areas. Tibia and fibula of one leg were broken right above the boot ("Schuhrandbruch" <-> "edge of boot fracture") and the doctors in Germany later told me that it had been pretty audacious to not use any screws or nails or whatever standard procedure is to take care of such an injury. Without that stabilisation the risk of the bone parts getting out of the correct position in the first few days was, according to them, far too large. Those Schladming doctors had used the trick of dispensing with the one inch cotton wool layer and instead simply wrapping the leg with something like toilet paper and thus leaving almost no room between muscle and cast. No space to move, no nails. Maybe zzlangerhans can tell me whether the German doctors were simply amateurs, or whether the Austrian one were really professional in the art of casting. I think they still used chloroform at the time and I was supposed to count from 1 to 100 (maybe from 100 to 1) to see whenI would stop and they could start. I still remember not being fully narcotised yet and noticing them beginning todo their work and begging them to give me more of the chloroform. I think I told them they should give me the dose for grown ups or as much as one could possibly receive. Really scary, hehe.

The "investing edge" of the story, I guess, is that far too many people have never heard of the toilet paper trick and are still using the one inch cotton wool layer and nails ...

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#1) On January 28, 2012 at 1:21 AM, portefeuille (98.85) wrote:


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#2) On January 28, 2012 at 2:08 AM, portefeuille (98.85) wrote:

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#3) On January 28, 2012 at 4:36 AM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Mr Schultz-  The answer is in the results.  As a fellow skier I know wool tends to "wick" moisture and cotton absorbs. Seems the 1" wrap could be less effective-  as far as a positive placement retention, but more comfortable. Unventilated moisture/perspiation in direct (TP is basically direct) contact with the skin will tend more to harbor/foster organisms which smell funky, itch, grow mushrooms etc.

I think both methods would have their +'s and -'s and maybe equally effective if done with expertise, choice determined by the Dr after assesing the patients physical maturiy, attitude, comfort zone, etc- as well as the specifics of the injury- location, severity etc.

So, the answer to your question is probably "it depends".  My question is why would you ponder this after 30 years?

Note:  I think that what you call 'nails' would be referred to as 'pins' or 'rods' (larger).  Also, if you ever want to ski Lake Tahoe give a shout.  Best

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#4) On January 28, 2012 at 1:19 PM, portefeuille (98.85) wrote:

why would you ponder this after 30 years?

Maybe I was wondering why so many people use such a variety of mostly inadequate means when they invest in equities. People should spend much more time finding the Krankenhaus ("house for the sick") Schladming of equity investing than on learning the craft of casting a leg (I was also told by the German doctors that it is also pretty difficult to put the loose ends of the tibia and fibula back together at the same time without surgery. One of the problems with the toilet paper approach is that you have to run around with a cast for 8 weeks or so to ensure that the connection is "sufficiently solidified" when it is taken off. Another problem is that this electric saw thing is built to stop when it comes into contact with something soft, which works perfectly with a 1 inch cotton wool layer and not so great with toilet paper right on top of the skin right above the tibia. I told them it really does hurt and they said that is impossible. The aspect of a dark red line running from top to bottom on the skin above my tibia certainly ended that discussion, hehe.).

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#5) On January 28, 2012 at 1:23 PM, portefeuille (98.85) wrote:

put the loose ends of the tibia and fibula back together

I think quite a few "investors" even put them together in a crossed fashion (a1b2 and a2b1) and do not even realise that.

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#6) On January 28, 2012 at 8:52 PM, portefeuille (98.85) wrote:

my "fund" (see here).

largest long positions (USD).

EMC, 1317330.00.
DSCO, 851200.00.
ALGETA:NO, 445809.32.
VOW:GY, 359569.25.
XDAX:GY, 282086.66.
SVNT, 226800.00.
ATPG, 170200.00.
SQNM, 147700.00.
AAPL, 143129.60.
PAH3:GY, 132890.47.
NTAP, 130480.00.
EXEL, 129260.00.
PBTH, 126000.00.
INHX, 125350.00.
BION:SW, 123987.96.
EWY, 121674.00.
FOLD, 119880.00.
TKMR, 119850.00.
EWQ, 115555.00.
ISIS, 115500.00.

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