JG.com: What was your surgery like? How long
did it take to perform? Will the rods and pins be removed eventually,
or will they stay in your back?
Jonathan: Surgery went very well.
It took 3 hours. They will remove the metal pieces in about 4 months,
so around August.
JG.com: What is the name of the doctor (or doctors) who performed
Jonathan: I don't remember his name.
But I remember his face. ;o) I'm not good with names, but I never forget
JG.com: Who stayed with you in the hospital while you were in
Jonathan: My girlfriend Amélie and my coach Guy Thibault were there
the whole time and my mother arrived just after my surgery.
JG.com: What was it like flying home on the plane? Was a doctor there with you? What special provisions were
made to assure a safe trip home?
Jonathan: It was great. I
was in first class on Air France. Good service.
;o) There was a nurse who was traveling with me (the insurance company wanted that).
JG.com: What has your recovery been like? What will you have to do for your physical therapy?
Jonathan: Right now I only have to rest for a month so the bone
can heal. Once that's done, I will start to do some rehab for the muscles and
ligaments. I have a very good team of people around me in Montréal.
JG.com: How will recovery from this injury differ from your femur
fracture (other than the fact that one was a leg and one was a back injury?)
Jonathan: Well, like you are saying, this one is the back. The other time it was the femur. Because
this is a sport that uses the legs a lot, I would say that the recovery for my femur fracture was the hardest one. I could not walk at all for a month then. Now, with my back,
I am able to walk, sit by myself, go to bed by myself and take my shower alone. I
am much more independent and I feel less like an handicapped person than I felt 5 years ago.
JG.com: Will you be able to return to skating?
Jonathan: Oh yes, I was pretty lucky. The vertebra fractured horizontally and opened when I hit the boards, then came back to the same place
right after. It could have touched the neural part easily [the spinal cord] and
I could have been paralyzed for the rest of my life. But thankfully it's only
the bone that was affected, so as soon as that is healed (takes 4 to 6 weeks) I will be able to bend over again and then start
training easily. In 3 months I can start skating again.
JG.com: This is sort of silly, but does it hurt when you sneeze
or when you laugh?
Jonathan: The first 2 weeks it did a lot. Now it's getting better. At the hospital after the surgery
I was having some secretions and it made me cough a lot. I had to concentrate
to control that because it was hurting a lot. Same thing when I was laughing
or sneezing. I think its like a rib fracture.
It would hurt when you do those things, too.