My Broken Collarbone Story of 2020
May 17, 2020:
This morning I broke my left clavicle aka collar bone. Bike is totally fine, phew. I’m glad I chose to ride super early as there was no traffic. But just as the universe is derailing all our race plans I did some derailing of myself. Was in aero position going fast and lost control, there might have been a hole in the road I can’t really remember. Things looked pretty dark for a second but after getting everyones best wishes and some tips from people like @jacksonlaundrytri who also have lived through this injury, things don’t look too bad. I have a fracture clinic on Tuesday and I’ll update you from there. Sucks as I was on great training progress too. But for now I’ll rest up for the next few weeks. Also a friendly reminder always use a helmet!
May 23, 2020:
Surgery for broken clavicle went well yesterday. Surgeon said he knows my mindset to keep active is strong but his orders are to stay still much as possible. No physical exertion (even walking or easy spinning, especially in this warm weather) to decrease any chance of sweat build up under the waterproof dressing to prevent chance of infection. I’ll be out for 6-8 weeks. I’ll take it easy and maybe turn on my PS4….Two weeks until follow-up, then bandages can be removed, and Physio/rehab can be discussed. Thanks to Dr. Lee and the surgical team at @southlakerhc for a very pleasant and compassionate procedure. And of course, thanks to all of you for your prayers and best wishes ?? Road to recovery begins now.
June 8, 2020:
Say hello to my new left clavicle. First post-op with my surgeon Dr. Lee went well. He told me the surgery took a bit longer than expected because the brake was worse than the first X-Ray showed. It actually broke into 4 pieces. But said it looks like it’s healing well. Finally got the heavy duty bandaid off. What a relief. What I didn’t realize until today was that they used around 35 staples to close the wound. Turns out this was causing those spontaneous “electrical surges of pain” I was experiencing. They plucked all of the staples out today, which was kind of uncomfortable. So that is pretty much gone now and can turn my neck without it hurting. I still need to use the arm-sling, it will be around 6 months for a “full recovery”. But now that the bandaid is gone and it’s not infected, I can begin some light cardio like walking and ez indoor cycling, but more importantly Physio to get my full range of motion back. Funny part is that Dr. Lee said I have $2000 worth of metal in me, and he only got paid $400 to fix me up ? then we chatted about Lance Armstrong as he was a cyclist too ? Thank you all for your support and loving messages
June 13, 2020:
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Slowly but surely. On the path to recovery. Heart rate pretty high for minimal watt effort 130bpm at a mere 60W…All that fitness lost…but glad to have got the bike back on the @wahoofitnessofficia lKICKR indoor trainer. Very easy miles on @gozwift for a while still. Thanks to @evolutioncycles for fixing up the bike. Happy to be able to do something at least
July 1, 2020:
I’m very glad and fortunate to have Jen Bladon @jenbtf as my physiotherapist! She works out of @crossfitnewmarketcentral so it’s really close by to me and a place I’m familiar with. The progress I’ve made the last few weeks have been very good. I have a lot more range of motion now, things are feeling better, getting strength back, but still got some deep bruising that will take some more time to heal. She really spends quality one-on-one time with her patients which is something I really admire! Her exercises are top notch as well ?? Additionally, my surgeon told me the fracture line is no longer visible on my second post-op X-Ray and so I can ditch the arm sling for good. Got the clear to drive again so I can get back to work in a few weeks too! Best of all, he gave me a wink and nod to begin easy running as long as there isn’t big movements of my shoulder. It will be a little while longer for swimming, but I’m so looking forward to getting back my fitness and into shape before summer is over!