Thank you very much for sharing with me your "scaffoid" experience.
You are indeed extremely talented, not only with music (and I will always,
always remember the most exquisite performance you conducted on April 13
2003. As Sri Chinmoy himself said, it was "memorable") but also with poetry
A few links to good sites about Sri Chinmoy, and Sri Chinmoy's works:
Sri Chinmoy Library - http://www.srichinmoylibrary.com
Sri Chinmoy Poetry - http://www.srichinmoypoetry.com
Sri Chinmoy Races - http://www.srichinmoyraces.org
Sri Chinmoy Centre - http://www.srichinmoycentre.org
Sri Chinmoy Music - http://www.srichinmoymusic.com
Sri Chinmoy Art - http://www.srichinmoyart.com
Radio Sri Chinmoy - http://www.radiosrichinmoy.org
Sri Chinmoy TV - http://www.srichinmoy.tv
Sri Chinmoy's main site: http://www.srichinmoy.org
> I was flying horizontal through the air, my outspread fingers barely an inch
> from clasping the hovering disc and claiming the match-winning touchdown in
> the decider of our 'ultimate frisbee' competition.
> At that precise moment I was ignominiously and illegally cut down from
> behind, crashing heavily on my outstretched hand which had instinctively
> responded to protect me from the fast approaching concrete track which
> formed our end-zone.
> I was so incensed at the actions of my opponent that I ignored the pain and
> continued playing out the game, which we ultimately lost.
> Later that night, around 1 am the pain was getting intense, so I went to the
> hospital. The intern who examined me assured me everything was fine and I
> should just go home.
> However, the following morning, everything clearly was not 'fine' and I was
> advised to go to another hospital. Here several X-rays were taken, and the
> expert told me quite excitedly, "You've broken your scaffoid bone. That's
> probably the worst bone in your body to break."
> He was excited because he had only recently attended a conference on the
> scaffoid bone, presented by the world's leading scaffoid bone specialist, an
> Australian. The fact that I was Australian and had broken my scaffoid bone
> he felt was altogether wonderful, as if things didn't go well, I might have
> the opportunity to visit his hero, the world number one scaffoid man.
> He further explained the reason why the scaffoid is the one bone you don't
> want to break. Unlike every other bone in the body, which is serviced by
> arteries with fresh bone-building blood flowing strongly from the heart, the
> scaffoid is in the vicinity of only one vein, with a weak blood flow
> returning to the heart from the remoteness of the thumb. This means that
> the scaffoid is notoriously slow to heal and if the said vein is not
> perfectly aligned with the bone, it quite often does not heal at all,
> necessitating an operation to insert a metal pin to induce the bone to bind.
> It was this prospect which might lead me eventually to the Australian expert
> of experts, as it was this particular scaffoid-binding operation that he had
> supposedly perfected and for which he had earned his globe-spanning renown.
> The following day I flew from New York back to Australia, the forearm in its
> peculiar thumb-isolating scaffoid cast thrust aloft for the entire
> excruciating journey.
> I had been told the bone would take 4 to 6 weeks to heal, if it was going to
> heal at all. I checked in with the hospital in Canberra, and they told me
> to present for X-rays after 3 weeks, then again after 6 weeks.
> After 6 weeks, the X-ray looked virtually the same as the original one taken
> in New York the morning after the fall. There was a very visible and
> distinct break, no matter which angle was presented. I was referred to
> another hospital and a specialist. He injected me with some radioactive
> substance, then performed some scan which only confirmed what the X-ray had
> already clearly shown.
> I was to come back in 2 days to have the operation to get the metal pin
> I phoned my friend in New York, and asked him to let Sri Chinmoy know what
> was happening with my troublesome scaffoid. He returned my call the next
> day, telling me that Sri Chinmoy had said only that "everything will be all
> right." He had not advised me not to undergo the operation, which now
> seemed the only chance of ever getting my scaffoid, and hence my whole arm
> back in operation.
> When I arrived at the hospital, the specialist who had seen me previously
> was not available, so another doctor was there to perform the operation. He
> decided he would like to see X-rays from a few different angles to what had
> been previously taken. So he went ahead and shot the X-rays, and left the
> room to examine them.
> About 10 minutes later he returned, and proceeded calmly to remove the cast
> from my arm. Only when the cast was completely removed he said, "You can go
> home now. Only don't do any strenuous exercise for a few days."
> He gave me the new X-rays to take home. I still have both sets of X-rays,
> taken 3 days apart. The first, after 6 weeks in plaster showing a complete
> break, the second 3 days later showing a perfectly formed whole scaffoid
> Whenever I think of my little scaffoid bone, I am grateful to my Guru for
> showing me just a tiny glimpse of his miracle-power.
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