On the Road to Recovery

I shared the story of how I broke a bone in my arm last month. I was pretty down in the dumps about it, so I’m particularly pleased to say today that I am 90% healed from the injury!

I know I’m lucky: My healing time was relatively quick. I spent just over four weeks in a cast. Others can spend six or more weeks trapped in layers of medical gauze and tape. I had my cast removed one month and four days after the accident happened, and my orthopedist advised me to wear a brace for another week to ten days as my arm got used to mobility again.

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Naturally, I decked out the brace with stickers. Peep the cactus.

Yes, the broken bone was a total bummer. It slowed me down, messed up my exercise regimen (and my diet), and made me moody. But the experience may have been the kick I needed to get back on track with my overall health and take the best possible care of myself.

So the road to recovery looks promising. Now, I’m just looking forward to getting clearance to hit the boxing gym again and get reacquainted with my fitness.

One thought on “On the Road to Recovery

  1. The thought in the back of one’s mind that “crap, I’ve really slid downhill” can make one work harder even when its not needed. When I had my shoulder surgery, the therapist told me (had been going for almost 4 years) that the recovery would go much faster if I was in shape and kept working out up to the surgery. I did and it helped. Doc said it would be at least 3 months, possibly 6, and may go out to 1 year for recover. lol Oh little did he know. I was back to work in about 2 and 1/2 months. I think a high pain tolerance helped more than the workouts but I’ll take it either way. At the end of the 2nd month, the two guys working on my rehab were having to stand up and lay on my arm to push it to stretch it out farther. Yeah it was tight. Later they found out I had adhesions due to being unable to move it the 1st month to let the cartilage heal. Years of working out and learning to listen to my body when it says stop helps to know if it is really my body saying it’s to much or just my mind saying give it a rest. lol Push but not too hard Molly. I was back in the gym lifting 20 pound dumbbells by the time they gave me the go ahead to lift 5 pounds. The body responds to stress by getting stronger. The trick is to know where the breaking point is and not get there. Stop just short of it. I’ve learned the hard way what happens when you don’t. Good luck and it seems a little belated now but get well soon? lol Sounds like your just outside that door now.

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