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As a group all four of us went over to some woodland near the university to begin filming footage of a man (me) running very fast through the woodland enviroment (cue cool music and a man disturbing the environment ). We had been filming for over two hours and then on one of the last shots before it got too light the following happened:
I was running like the wind through some brambles and a route had been planned so I could cross up onto a verge with a nice big stride. Once on the verge I would turn very quickly and run up along the track. Anyways, on the turn my ankle (injured last year) gave away and I took a rather mediocre fall onto the ground howling in pain.
My left kneecap had just come to collision with a corner of a huge concrete slab. The result was a shattered kneecap. I didn't get up for a few seconds and instead took too hugging the ground while screaming in pain. I didn't know what I had done but I couldnt feel my left lower leg. My film mates run over and are like 'this is serious, call an ambulance'.
I don't remember much else until at the hospital, but I've been told that I complained that I didn't need an ambulance and wanted to finish the filming. In the end I got a mate from back at uni to drive and pick me up and take me to uni because I didn't want to call out an ambulance for what I thought was a small injury. However, I do remember pulling up my left trouser leg and seeing a 'milk' like substance coming down from my knee.. pulling it further up revealed a gaping dent in my knee, and now blood pouring out.
The hospital was needed. Filming was very much finished.
I got to the hospital (by now in a state of delirious shock). My friends answered some of the questions as to who I was - All I wanted to do was get it seen too, get some painkillers and go to bed. I was very tired with no food or water and the injury.
Basically, I won't go into the details at the hospital. However, here is brief summary of it going from bad to worse to being on the edge of bye-bye.
-I fainted when they tried to disinfect my 'small cut'.
-They realised it was much worse than a 'small cut' and I'd chipped/shattered the left side of my kneecap.
-I then threw up as my kneecap swelled stupidly up.
-They released air from my above my kneecap with some kinda needles - the white 'milk' stuff was liquid from my kneecap
-They gave me an injection in my arm for some reason I forget.
-I lost all power in my body through the lowest blood pressure I'd ever had (and it's been very low before with a nose operation.).
-Apparently my blood pressure and heart beat was so low my body couldn't pump blood up to anything but vital organs so I was beginning to lose sight, something which seriously scared me. Luckily, resting and just not screaming or having them prod me seemed to help and feelings and movement restored a little, they also fed me lots of tea with loadsa sugar.
-All of these happened inbetween me screaming in agony and shaking violently through the shock of the intense pain.
I'm back in my uni room now. I won't be able to walk or move much for a whole week. I probably won't be running again for a few months. This probably tops my 'injuries list'. I really do get some bad eggs.
So guys and few girls. When you film. Check your running path, and if you've hurt your ankle before, don't rely on it :o
What a strange day, and it's only 4:35pm. I'm on a lot of painkillers and other randoms at the moment yet still it hurts.
I think 'special circumstances' will mean I don't have to complete the film with the group to hand in.