I asked her if she thought I'd be able to get back most of the range of motion compared to my left hand. She thought about this for a minute and replied "Well, if you were actually flexible and had say 80 or 90 degrees of extension before injury you'd probably not get it all back, but since you're about as flexible as a freakin' brick 55 degrees shouldn't be out of the range of possibility." So there you have it--a silver lining!
I see her once a week and she gives me new
For those interested in brushing up on their anatomical terms of motion Wikipedia has a nice explanation here.
Today she also pointed out that the swelling in my right arm has gone down enough so that I have wrinkles again--who knew wrinkles were something to look forward to? Another silver lining!
The new exercises for this week include "wall push-ups". Imagine standing about a foot away from a wall, placing the palms of your hands about at head level and then leaning into and pushing away from the wall. If that sounds easy it's because you don't have a healing but still tender broken arm! You can make this exercise increasingly more difficult by moving your palms lower in relation to your body (for example shoulder level rather than head level; chest level rather than shoulder level etc.). It will probably be several weeks before I can once again do regular push-ups from the floor.
I have a boat race coming up on the 16th of June. By then I'm hoping to have a bit more grip strength or else holding on to the main sheet during long starboard legs up-wind will be iffy. Also I'm hoping for light wind! I'm packing the boat, we shall see.
Bowie Ice Arena will be back on line in July (they melt the ice for two months every year for maintenance)--we'll see about that as well. Stay tuned.