I had a follow-up visit with the orthopedic about my shoulder/arm injury. It is a month since I had the accident that leaves me shaking my head, three weeks since my first meeting with the doctor, and two weeks since my official diagnosis.
The good news is that my fracture is beginning to heal and is still not displaced so will continue to heal gradually with no intervention needed. The bad news is that I can’t add any activity for another four weeks. FOUR MORE WEEKS! No yoga, no weight lifting, no weight bearing at all, and no outdoor bike riding or other activity where I risk further injury. Huge heavy sigh.
So Murphy’s law continues to rear its ugly head in my life. How foolish was I to tempt fate and get my bike tuned up over the winter? How crazy to plan a vacation destination that would give my husband and me a chance to ride bikes with scenery for a change. I really jinxed myself this time! Poor hubby, being dragged on a mystery destination vacation for his birthday about which all I had ever told him was that we would ride bikes. Poor hubby who looked forward to kicking my butt on the bike trails near our house as we got back into our long, fair-weather rides.
I am going to focus on the positive now:) No surgery. I am right-handed and the injury is on my left side. I can still elliptical and walk, albeit with modifications and discomfort, but I am getting cardio in every day. I can work on my abs (and they sure could use the extra attention) and my lower body (although I seem to have no motivation to lunge or squat). I can do lots of things! Repeat to self… it could be worse, it could be worse, it will get better, it will get better. Patience.
I just have to keep on keeping on for the next month until I see the doctor again. And then I will hope for the all clear to gradually start adding back the exercise that I never thought I would miss so much. I will never complain about shoulder presses and push ups again!