|Guess what? Bones get mended in casts but they’re not really miracle workers… and I found out the hard way. And by that I mean that I thought that once the cast is removed, I would be able to go back to normal in a matter of hours. The truth is that the doctor looked really pleased with himself when he told me that the bone looked good and that in five or six weeks I should be able to use my hand at 100%. Now I understand why those few weeks will be needed.
Wait, does the whole ramble above make any sense? The short story is that even though the bone is healed, everything else is not. Moving my fingers in certain ways hurts like a bitch and, I hate to admit it, I still can’t deal with pain. I felt nauseous and like I was going to pass out for most of yesterday and just trying to type this normally, about 22 hours later, is making me queasy. That said, the short bike ride to work this morning was glorious! So, so, so amazingly glorious! Like being given my wings back. The first time I went to shift back gears I needed to figure out how to do it mainly using my good fingers but otherwise everything feels as strong as before. My back brake is on the left side so that makes things much easier and safer. Still, I had illusions that I might be able to pull together a long ride tomorrow morning but that’s very unlikely to happen, no point in it really.
Now for the linked documentation… my cast the morning before it was removed (and might I say that I think I did a wonderful job of keeping it in good shape).
About two hours after the cast was removed, my hand looked like this:
And during the removal of the cast a not-so-fun surprise appeared – the cast had chaffed rather badly and left a wound.
In the FO entry yesterday I wrote a whole bit about having a whole extra layer of skin under the cast and that was quite true!
All in all, let me tell you that it’s awesome being able to take a shower without having to worry about not getting my hand wet! And it’s awesome being back on the bike! And all those dudes in the Tour de France who are riding with hand injuries (Anthony Roux, Tony Martin, etc.), they’re really hard cookies because putting in hundreds of kilometers every single day when every bump on the road and every gear shift and every braking attempt hurts, that’s no fun. Also can’t forget the girls at the Giro Donne, tons and tons and tons of badass hard cookies there!
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