This is Jim's (Infotraker) wife - Ora
I want to Thank everyone for jumping in and helping him. It is one of those phone calls you dread getting. I was home due to my allergies. I was relieved immediately when I was told he was conscious and talking.. and enroute to the ER. he was in good hands. Thank you for the quick thinking and God's angels being nearby to pluck him quickly from the water, then getting him warmed up. What an awesome group of rescuers & boating buddies.
I was grateful we were together New Year's, even if it was spent doing an all nighter in the hospital and surgery. (Not the New Year's eve all nighter one would imagine) and the guys were taking care of the boat, I was amazed it was floating. He had a lot of Angels looking out for him, the surgeon on call was a specialist on shoulders so he patiently pieced the mangled shoulder back together with a plate and screws. He's hoping to avoid a shoulder replacement for a few years, but said he was probably hit from behind, and it crushed the head and socket into 3 or 4 pieces.
Friends brought the boat home and tucked it into the garage yesterday, it sure looks in better shape than Jims xray did.
When we bought the hydro, Jim asked if I could get used to it, it was a bit lower in the water than I liked. We made the decision together, it was his dream boat, and still is. I enjoy the fast runs too, just less fast - we've both had boating in our blood for a lifetime. Jim is not careless, and always accesses the elements before he puts the pedal to the metal... you just can't predict the mechanics, as careful as he is. I know if at all possible he'll have the boat back in the water for Father's Day. He always hoped he'd still be skiing at 80. Thats where he'll be if at all possible.
He may not be an easy patient because he is so active, I may have to call a few of you to hold him down until he recovers.
What a way to start the new year.... Grateful, everything turned out as well as it did. And grateful for the friends old and new - that jumped into help him. I'm grateful I have him here next to me to nurse back to health.
I guess the boat name has new meaning... "Blue Streak" & Blue Streaker = Jim hydroplaning thru the air in his blue racing vest... without the boat.
Blessings to all