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Can you give me a hand... yeah, I'm serious!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

I could be, should be, nominated for the Clumsiest Person Of The Year Award. I had just started my workout at my all-boot-camp-style gym on Monday night when I tripped over my own two feet during a backwards jog. We’ve done this “back-pedaling” before, and every time I look over my shoulder and monitor my speed because I don’t want to fall. I’m not sure what was different this time, but I felt my feet go off-center, and down I went.

My first thought was about how embarrassed I was, and then I noticed that my left wrist, the one I’d braced myself on during my fall, looked weird. I didn’t feel any pain (yet) as I went to sit down, but several girls working out with me immediately offered to drive me to the ER. It was right then that it kinda hit me… this crooked wrist is not normal, and now I feel like passing out and throwing up.

After calling my family, my daughter picked me up and my hubby met us at the ER. The xrays confirmed broken bones. That fall fractured both my radius and ulna (both forearm bones) and the bones were shoved into my wrist bones causing a separation. Ouch! I'm in a splint, and I've been off work today and yesterday so I can ice and elevate my arm/hand. Friday I see an orthopedic surgeon for hand repair.

I'm very thankful for great medical care, but I'm also upset that my clumsiness has wrecked my work out schedule in a negative way. I've already talked with my trainer at the gym, and she said she will write up a plan for cardio and whatever else I can do, just as soon as I have my doctor's okay. So all is not lost, it's just on hold.

I'm feeling pretty klutzy right now. All spring, summer, and part of fall I trained for, and ran, a marathon without a single injury! Then I trip over my own two feet on the inside of a gym... go figure!

So now I'm training myself to do everything I've always taken for granted... with just one hand. I'm thankful it's temporary!

That's my story o' the week... this single-handed klutz is signing off for the night!
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    After going through the time in the cast, I ended up with a lingering tingle in my arm, like it was "asleep". A friend suggested a massage therapist. She took care of the problem fairly quickly.

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    Congratulations on your achievement! Ann (former 6th grade teacher) emoticon
    3665 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8180579
    So ... how did your appointment go today?
    3739 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your injury. Hopefully it will heal quickly and not de-rail your training plans. I'm sure the therapists and doctors will get you on a quick recovery path. Hang in there.
    3739 days ago
    I too am sorry about your wrist. I know how you feel because I too fell last week and hurt both wrists. I go today to see if I did any permanent damage. I am glad you can do cardio to keep up your activity level. I will keep you in my prayers.
    3740 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    Oh, bummer! Nice that your trainer can help work around it though! :-)
    3740 days ago
    Holy Moly! I fall all the time and never thought the wiser of it....now, I'm nervous!

    Hoping for a speedy recovery.

    3740 days ago
  • LISAW/3
    Oh, no! I hate that! I am clumsy too, so pretty much ALL of my injuries are because I am clumsy. I hate it when I feel that it was totally avoidable!

    Well, I'm sorry about the break, but hopefully you will have a quick recovery.
    Cardio is good, too!
    3740 days ago
    I am SO SORRY that you have these work out injuries. OUCH.
    Take care, get the immediate attention you need and when the Dr. says ok - then your instructor will set you up with something you can do in the interim.

    You will make it, you won't lose out... You have just been derailed a bit.
    3740 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1808545
    Aw Man! That stinks!!

    Thankfully you have medical care, loving family and supportive friends, so things aren't all bad.

    Plus, now you can get the family to do laundry, wash dishes, make the beds, cook dinner, hmmmm....maybe I should..... nah.

    Get well soon!
    3740 days ago
    Oh no! I remember when I turned my ankle in a pothole. I was shocked that I did that and how bad it was. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
    3740 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/13/2011 4:14:10 PM
    I'm sorry you got hurt! I hope your bones heal quickly!
    3741 days ago
    Oh no!!!! I am so sorry to hear that. I am praying that you have a speedy recovery.
    3741 days ago
    Aw, Shoot! That stinks. But when you do things, you do them to completion, don't you (like running a marathon! Wow!!). You couldn't just make a spectacle of yourself, you had to go a break something. (Oh please, I hope you're hearing the gentle, loving teasing in my voice!). But I'm proud of you for being in a boot camp (I'm not brave enough... yet...) & I'm proud of you for not just throwing in the towel. I know you'll work thru this, adapt to your new (temporary) one-handed life, & conquer! Hands down! (Sorry, I couldn't resist).
    Take care & heal quickly & keep smiling at your beautiful self.
    3741 days ago
    Sending prayers and hugs your way! So sorry about your wrist :( But it doesn't sound like it has dampened your spirits too much and I love that your trainer has already got a plan for you once you are cleared by the Doc. I bet that relieves some stress. Here's to a speedy recovery!
    3741 days ago
    Everyone has a clumsy day. I am happy nothing else is wrong. You will get through the down time. Keep up the good work.
    3741 days ago
    Oh dear... Please don't be so hard on yourself... I am impressed you are determined to go forward despite this setback... we all have our oops moments, but you are not letting it stop you, so heads up high and keep on keeping on...

    And I am sorry for your pain, inconvenience and embarrassment... I send you a healing hug... emoticon
    3741 days ago
    Oh my gosh I am so sorry that happened to you!
    Get well soon
    Don't worry you are not alone, here I thought I was the clumsiest person in the world! I too tripped over my own two feet, I was 8 months pregnant carrying a two year old and broke my shoulder in 3 places!
    3741 days ago
    emoticon be well
    3741 days ago
    Oh no! I hope you have a speedy recovery emoticon
    3741 days ago
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