Wednesday, March 04, 2009
This week is Diabetes Training Camp for the Triabetes captains down in Tucson, and I am not able to be there because of my bike accident on Feb 1. It has been heartbreaking for me to miss it but it just wasn't an option. The healing is going well, and I have been able to get on my trainer for 15 minutes at a time for several days now; but I won't be able to swim, bike (outside) or run at all until the end of the month, at the earliest. I'm really glad I can use the trainer, though, and conveniently, I already had an old tire on my rear wheel, so won't care if it is completely worn down by the trainer flywheel.
I had a visit with the physical therapist on Monday, and she felt that my shoulder joint is in good shape and gave me a few exercises for loosening up the muscles in my arm and shoulder. We couldn't do much with the core muscles because the ribs are not healed yet, so that will have to wait. I have been concerned about some loss of muscle mass in the left calf, which I noticed 5 days after the crash. None of the doctors I have seen felt like it was a neurological issue; the PT felt like it was most likely related to some deep bruising in the area. I still have an area of bruising on the outside of my calf which is quite painful to the touch. Perhaps the bruises in the lower leg just take longer to heal. I am breathing easier since the rib pain is much reduced and I do not get out of breath as easily. I never did get the Xray of my hand because, even if it were broken, nothing would be done about it, and I think I'm getting enough radiation as it is. I still wonder if I broke some ribs on the right side. The last time I saw the orthopedic PA, he said that I had likely broken at least half of the ribs going down the back on the left. He was pointing out the fractures in each rib in the Xray going down the left side. "Here it is, here it is, here it is...."
Despite all of this, the PT and others feel optimistic that I will have a full recovery and I am feeling much, much better than a month ago! It is going to take a lot of work and I think my biggest challenge will be in having the patience to build up slowly instead of thinking I can just jump in where I left off before the accident. In a way, I feel like I have been building a house over the past few years (of training) which was just burned to the ground in a fire. But if I think about it, I probably still have a good foundation and framework, and just need to put the walls back up (and probably not even all the walls).