back in late july i tore my radial collateral ligament in my thumb, and broke the first metacarpal head. (fancy talk for the joint at the base of your thumb connecting to your hand). after several weeks in a fiberglass splint and multiple mri's, i was told i needed surgery to repair the ligament and joint. long story short i was out of action for over 2 months, and i still have problems with the hand. it sucks, but i have gotten some great photos during the waiting period. it hurts watching all the swell roll through from the beach day after day though.