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Monday, January 28, 2013

So I went to the orthopedic doc today. After taking 5 xrays the way they like to have them taken, he came in and talked to me about my dad. My doc is also my sister's husbands brother. Doctoring is a family thing with them. After the pleasantries, he says in his gravest "I AM a fricking MD, I DONOT play one on tv" voice, "you have a grade 1 separation and a fractured collar bone". I literally squealed with delight and he looked at me as if I was a 3 headed martian. I explained that I finally feel like a real cyclist. Sure, I've had broken ribs (thank you, STEWIE!!) and concussions (Thank you, MR. SPEEDY and STEWIE) and a few other thingies over 45 years of not keeping the rubber side down, everybody else I know has had a broken collar bone. Now, I feel like a member of the club...or at least I will as soon as someone shows me the secret hand shake.

Seriously, I'm looking at 6 - 8 weeks of healing time during which I can hit the stationary bike, walk, and do weight training on the legs. It should be interesting. I'm supposed to keep my arm in a sling or tight against my body. No reaching or twisting or torquing of the right shoulder. It's a pretty simple (simple as complex things go) fracture and if I handle it right and don't do anything stupid, it'll heal and I won't need surgery...probably ought to keep a surgery suite on stand by....

Here's the cool thing. Thing 2 was telling me some guy at school broke his wrist snowboarding this weekend. She told him her dad broke his collar bone in a cyclocross race this weekend. The guy winced. She then casaully mentioned I had finished the race. The guy just stared. Then she mentioned I started the next race and made it a lap in (actually, it was half a lap) before pulling out because I couldn't steer. The guy's jaw hit the floor. What's so funny is that if it had been a classic collar bone break in the middle of the bone, I probably would've been bawling like a baby. When push comes to shove, I'm just a big wuss. Where it broke, there's not a lot of pain. There is some cool bruising, though. I'm headed up to my sweetie's to have her take a pic. Yes, I will grace you all with the image. You can thank me later.

BTW: Mr. Speedy was my Schwinn 5 speed Stingray....I drool at his rememberance....
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    2215 days ago
  • BILL60
    Hang in there and cherish the moments.
    2215 days ago
    Sounds like you've impressed all the right people.
    2216 days ago
    Ha ha ha! It's always fun to have epic injuries that your doc scolds you for! And way to impress the young buck!

    And in all seriousness, don't torque. Surgery stinks. Hospitals stink. Most importantly, medical bills stink.

    Can't wait for the pics. :)
    2216 days ago
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