Wow! It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 weeks since I had my pins removed. Seems like only yesterday I was having another cast removed because of excessive swelling. Here’s a post covering the time period between the pin removal and up to about the middle of February.
The pain, the immobility, everything had reached a boiling point. The last thing I was thinking about was riding my bike. I simply wanted to be able to tie my own shoes. No, everything is pretty far from ok Strava.
During the last week of having the positional cast, I went from being in extreme, persistent pain 24/7, to finally being able to keep the swelling in check. Colder weather came to the Valley. I spent several nights outside in the backyard for cold therapy. It was a much welcomed relief. If you’re wondering why I didn’t just use ice, the short answer is that I couldn’t.
|In the cold with hot chocolate, Guinness and my SockGuy woolies|
The pins were removed on 12/28. During pre-op, my doctor seemed to go out of his way to explain to everyone within ear shot that I “was his absolute worst patient” in the history of his practice. Mainly for the following reasons:
- I went for a run 4 weeks after the initial surgery and the pins moved causing extreme swelling and complications. “I didn’t even want you walking around the mall let alone going for a run.”
- Because of the complications caused by the pins moving 1/4″, I had frequent trouble with swelling and complete loss of sensation in my fingers. Both of which caused him to replace my cast a total of 7 times.
- I was his only patient after surgery that had to have another doctor split one of his infamously tortuous, positional casts.
|Good riddance positional cast|
The surgery went well. I thought I was going to be completely cast free afterwards, but he didn’t trust me. Yep, he wrapped me up in plaster. Sutures came out 9 days later though and I was finally free.
2 weeks later and I started PT. Not what you’d call traditional physical therapy though. Strictly passive resistance exercises with some strength training.
|Simple exercises while traveling|
Therapy was good and soon after starting, I was cleared for the trainer. I got an injury specific plan from LW Coaching to a.) keep me honest and b.) make sure I wasn’t going too hard. The last thing I wanted to do was to have any type of setback. Getting a smart, balanced plan was a great investment!
|Streaming CX Worlds during a family vacay in Keystone. Staying on plan.|
The weather was fantastic in AZ late January and I started to venture out. Nothing crazy, I wasn’t about to risk a fall, but I couldn’t stay inside on the trainer any longer. I was finally free!!
|Kit’s fitting a little tight|
I didn’t care where my fitness was nor did I dwell on how long it would take to get it back. I just enjoyed the simple pleasures of riding my bike. Some of my 2013 sponsorship care packages started rolling in, giving me some added motivation and excitement.
My road lies ahead. I have no clue where it leads. I only know that biking for me has become a doorway to myself and it’s about damn time I started opening up some doors again.