For me the most difficult part about an injury isn’t the pain or the money to see a specialist. No, the most difficult part of recovering is having…patience. It’s too easy to push myself too hard and test the limits of the injury too fast, getting impatient because I can feel myself getting better and recovering.
Which is exactly whats been happening with my boxers fracture, I got a little to comfortable and felt a little too safe in my home-made brace and started to push the limits in the gym. Not keeping the fingers straight, using way more resistance than I should on machines. Not to mention overdoing it at work on the typewriter and lifting thing I shouldn’t.
My followup visit with the surgeon went okay I suppose, we took some new x-rays, it is the x-ray I took most recently beside the x-ray taken 3 weeks ago
I asked the surgeon about beginning rehabilitation exercises and he said it was too early to begin, I still had a faint click when the broken joint was pressed down and he told me that meant the bone is still trying to mend. Obviously by looking at the most recent x-ray my hand doesn’t look much better than it did 3 weeks ago but I am optimistic from seeing the cloudy white bone starting to form around the break.
I have also started to use the splint given to me by the doctors office since it appears my bone is still trying to mend so maybe its a good idea to keep it aligned in the splint instead of just my brace. I still have almost full range of motion in my hand but the home-made brace is causing some sharp pain sometimes, probably because I added more athletic tape to it to create more pressure. I decided that the pain was probably a good indication that it wasn’t a good idea and took the extra tape off after a few days.
I also still have a pretty prominent bump on my hand in the mornings when I wake up with the splint from the doctors on. I do find that I take off whatever I’m wearing either the brace or the splint in the middle of the night without even realizing it. It hasn’t caused me any pain during the night from it so I’m not too concerned.
I have scaled it back at the gym and went back to the basics; cardio and leg workouts! I’m going to run like the wind and my toothpick legs are going to be like tree trunks by the time I’m healed!