How to break your hip on ice.

On January 6, 2018 I was heading to a “Best Hand” event put on by our Panhandle Nordic Ski and Snowshoe club. The idea would to be to collect cards at different points and the best hands would get the best prizes. It was an annual fundraiser.

But I only got about 25 feet from my car.

See how stupid I was in this video and how you can prevent something like this happening to you.

As of this date (Feb 7) I still have 13 more days until the x-rays and consultation to see if I can start putting weight on my foot. (Never thought I would look forward to x-rays and a doctor visit). Right now it is toe touch weight with a walker. I can tell the bone is not mended yet – but it takes at least 6 weeks for a broken bone to mend.

I wonder what the 4 long pins will do to airport security.

I had Yaktrax in my pack on my back, snowshoes in my hand. The crazy reason I didn’t put them on is that the middle of the roadway was bare and I didn’t want to ruin the Yaktrax (worth $20.00) STUPID. But a car came along and I moved to the side. Wham on hard ice.



These were in the pack on my back (not on the boots)



These were in my car.



These were home. They are for more serious ice and packed snow hiking.

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If you live anywhere where you have even a few days of icy conditions, a small investment could save you a lot of pain or worse.


How to break your hip on ice. — 25 Comments

  1. Sorry to hear of your injury. I am a big fan and your advise helped my with carpal tunnel, really curing it. I also a couple years ago slipped and broke my wrist on black ice. So I completely understand your feelings.

    My sincere wishes for a speedy recovery!

  2. Hello Alamar,
    Actually I’m keeping quite busy, just not leaving the house.
    Thank you for your kind thoughts.
    All the best,

  3. Sorry to Hear You “Slowed” yourself down… for awhile.

    Enjoy the fact that all you have to DO Is Rest, Now,and read, watch TV, YouTubes, all kinds of good stuff to enjoy.

    You are Not Stupid! You were not feeling/seeing the need to assist your shoes… not counting on a car pushing you out of your perceived Safe Space.

    Lesson learned: ICE LURKS WHERE YOU CAN NOT SEE.

    Forgive yourself,if you haven’t yet! Give yourself permission to Relax & Stay Calm… “this too shall pass.”

    GodSpeed Your Healing. Namaste.
    Yes, and I am a Tree-Hugger🌴too.

  4. Hi Charlene,
    Thank you for the well wishes. Hilma

  5. Charlene on said:

    Hi Hilma. You are always thinking of others although you are dealing with your own setback. I wish you a full and speedy recovery. Charlene Simmons, Detroit, Michigan

  6. Hello Jo, Thank you. Hilma

  7. Jo Reid on said:

    So sorry, Helma, for your misfortune……positive energy being sent for your speedy recovery

  8. Judith Power on said:

    Hilma, I’m so sorry to hear that you broke your hip and I wish you a speedy recovery. You are in my prayers. Judy

  9. Hi Mark, I hope your condition has improved. Thanks for the well wishes, Hilma

  10. Mark Lopianowski on said:

    Hello Hilma,
    I fondly remember the tremendous support which you have provided to me a couple of years ago to ease my suffering, thought to be attributed to Carpal tunnel. Eventually, if you still remember, this turned out due to a very rare condition RS3PE.
    Most sincere wishes for you recovery! Mark

  11. Hi Pam, yes better safe than sorry.
    All the best,

  12. Pam Bruni on said:

    Hi Hilma, I hope your healing goes smoothly. Thanks for the heads up. I have new Yak Trax, but no snow here. I forgot to take them to the mountains last week, but won’t forget again. Pam

  13. Hi Sonja. Yeah I know !!! Thanks for the well wishes,

  14. Best wishes, we just bought those microspikes last week, they should have been on your shoes! Heal quickly and all the best,

  15. Thanks Kathryn, haven’t talked with you for quite a while. Sometime you might email me what you have been up to.
    Wishing you the best too, (Use the one you got from the carpal tunnel list. My old email no longer exists).

  16. Ohhhhh Noooo. Heal quickly! You have strong bones and you can do it! Kathryn

  17. Hi Linda, glad to hear you are careful. I was until once. Thanks for the well wishes.

  18. Hi Robert and Linda, Glad to hear from you. Hope you are both doing well. The good news is that it is not a permanent thing and by March I should be out doing something else stupid.
    All the best, Hilma

  19. Linda Bertolini on said:

    I wear ice treads all the time. The company I work for provided them and they are very safety conscious. I am very scared to walk on slippery surfaces. They are a god-send. I wore them today while I cleaned my driveway of ice. I hope you feel better and mend soon

  20. Thanks Judy,

    I am amazed at the friends that have helped in one way or another.
    All the best, Hilma

  21. So sorry to hear about your accident. Wow one second you up and next down. Hope there’s someone to help you.
    Wish you the best and speedy recovery but on these things take time. Sincerely Judy D

  22. Robert & Linda McComb on said:

    Hello Hilma, Well we always new you were quite a character and we both enjoyed you for what you are.
    But this is over the top, we would have rather heard that you could have done some thing not so devastating to oneself. But then again that wood not be you.
    We both wondered how you are and now we know.
    Lots of Love Robert & Linda McComb, Langley,Bc Canada

  23. Hi Karin, Thanks for your concern.

  24. Karin Combs on said:

    Oh Helma – I’m a HUGE fan of yours! I’m so sorry that you broke your hip! Prayers coming your way for healing and fast!!! Thank you for your transparency and honesty! Best to you! Karin

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