Thursday, September 18, 2008

What a Ripp!!

So, one of the stinky things about gymnastics is the constant blistering of the palms of your hands. Once you get a blister, the next time you go to gym, the skin on the top of the blister bubble usually rips off. The gymnasts "affectionately" call these ripps. Brandon gets them all the time. Usually they're about the size of a dime, a big one being the size of a nickel. Last week he got the ripp to put all other ripps to shame. This sucker was bigger than a half dollar. Even his coach felt bad for him and let him take it easy the rest of the night.

This picture really doesn't do it justice. Brandon's hands are as big as Rick's. If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you can see normal size ripps, in all stages of healing, on his pinky and the rest of his hand.
The worst thing was, that same day he showed me a big ol' blister on his other hand. Two days later that one came off too, leaving a ripp bigger than a quarter. Yeeowzza. He said he was pretty much useless for the rest of the week on pommell, parallel bars and rings.


Kara said...

All I can saw is ewwww! What dedication he has to keep going. All we get in swimming is...oh yeah, skin cancer!!

Krista said...

That's too cool Brandon...he's a real man! How was lunch today, without me...while I was out and about driving my Hummer, without you, while you were eating lunch with other women...LOL :) Have you replaced me?

Simple Irony said...

EEEEKKKK! That kid is so impressive! I love him!

Chris and Andrea said...

I flew to Colorado, and drove around. Chris has a T-shirt he wants to show you! I got it for him in Colorado (its an Obama one)Ü.