Thursday, June 14, 2007

The best laid plans of mice and men...

Progressing with physio, off work until July 30 2007

So, the results of the Xray are that my fractured humerus has healed and I just need to do physio. However... it turns out that my shoulder socket also has a break in it that no-one mentioned to me, and that hasn't healed at all. I'm now off work until the end of July, and my question about getting back on the bike resulted in laughter and a comment that "well, we'll see about that next visit". I guess my plans for riding in Newfoundland in August are well and truly screwed.

6 Comments:

Blogger Revrunner said...

Hang in there Steve. I cut the tip of my index finger off at the first joint when I was a senior in high school and it took the whole summer to get the skin and bone grafts to take. There were moments when I didn't think I'd ever heal, but I did.

Did anybody say what they intend to do about the socket?

Thursday, June 14, 2007 8:12:00 pm  
Blogger steve said...

Well, I was hoping to be back in the office on the 25th of June, and then back on the bike a couple of weeks or so after that, and with any luck get in enough conditioning to be able to do the Port aux Basque to Cornerbrook ride in August with my Dad... I guess there's no way that'll happen now.

The socket is being left to heal. Skimming around the net it looks like the only option for a cast would be something approaching a full upper body cast, which would then screw up the physio that I'm doing. I guess (and here I handwave madly in the medical field) that the surgeon is expecting the physio to get the muscles to force the bone back into place to heal, since I presume the reason it hasn't healed yet is because I had the weight of the sling on my shoulder pulling the bones apart enough to stop them knitting.

Also in my research around the interweb I found that a bone will take around 4-8 weeks for a callus to form and harden, and it can then take anywhere from a few more weeks to years before the bone fully reforms. Oh joy.

Thursday, June 14, 2007 8:58:00 pm  
Blogger Knox Gardner said...

That is a bummer. But, hey, you are still going to Newfoundland! And even without a bike, YOU+Newfoundland= JOY and BLISS.

Keep on mending.

Thursday, June 14, 2007 9:35:00 pm  
Blogger steve said...

However, me + Newfoundland + broken bone - bike = consumption of large quantities of alcohol while sat on the deck in the sun (Vitamin D helps build bones, y'know).

Thursday, June 14, 2007 9:41:00 pm  
Blogger Scoutie said...

Sorry about the continuing bad news. I hope you heal as fast as possible, and are riding all over the place as soon as you can.

Friday, June 15, 2007 2:00:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you know that there are other types of two wheeled human powered vechicles out there. They go by the name of recumbents, they come in all shapes and sizes. One thing they all do is take weight of hands, shoulders and necks. Heck some even come with head rests. A good source for all things recumbent is
http://www.bentrideronline.com . In the message board are all sorts of topics, very well covered for all things bent. And any questions you would have will be answered almost immediately in any forum. The best places for newbies is
new to recumbents.

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Monday, June 18, 2007 6:04:00 pm  

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