Friday, June 10, 2011

update on the game changer

I went to see the Orthopedic Surgeon today and we conceded to NOT having surgery. I am happy with this choice and feel positive that I will recover in a timely fashion and hopefully still get in some of the big rides that I was hoping for this year. I left the ER on Saturday, the day of the accident, in an arm sling. I have been irritated and uncomfortable that whole time. It all changed today when the doctor put me in a clavicle splint. It had two padded straps that pass under the armpits and figure 8s behind the back pulling the shoulders back and your chest out. Immediate relief from the pain that I was experiencing.

I loved it so instantly that the first thing out of my mouth was "I can ride my bike with this on". Shot down. A big no no. It does give a false sense of repair but it is nice not to suffer. I have a new spirit about this and I will be in my secret recovery lair pushing out big watts on the trainer to stay on mark for my plans. Day by day, we'll see.

2 comments:

Apertome said...

Good news that you won't need surgery, and also that you're getting some relief from the discomfort as you heal. Any indication of when you will be able to be back on the bike again?

greg said...

Those pesky doctors. Is your shoulder separated or broken? If it is separated I have to say from experience that when you get the ok, move that thing around in big circles non stop!