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  1. #1
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    Broken Shoulder...sigh...

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    Greetings ya'll -

    Well.....it finally happened...my first bike crash and i broke a bone : (
    Broke my left shoulder (luckily i'm a righty). Thankful i don't need surgery but the doctor is saying it'll be 2-3 months before i'm back to normal. it's been 2 weeks now and i've regained some movement in my arm...but i must admit that patience is not my best virtue. it's almost tough regaining the motion because you think you're ok and then all of a sudden you try to do something like just take your shirt off and think you don't have to be careful because you can move a little more...and bam...move the wrong way and OUCH! guess i need to settle in and just accept it.... ; )

    so i cracked the top of my humerus - the part that sits in your shoulder and that the rotator cuff attaches to.

    anyone else done this before?

    really glad i don't need surgery! the ER dr. freaked me out telling me i'd need a pin ... but the specialist said (after seeing the MRI) that i am ok without surgery! yeah!

    in case you're curious...this all happened because the people in front of me crashed and i just didn't have enough time to avoid them so i then crashed too.... : (

    hoping i can get back on the bike before the first snow fall.....

  2. #2
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    Grand
    so sorry to hear you crashed and hurt yourself!
    Do whatever it takes to get better, okay?
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  3. #3
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    I am so sorry you ended up hurt. Take care of yourself and heal quickly.
    Jennifer

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    -Mahatma Gandhi

    "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."
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  4. #4
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    I.m recovering from the same thing! It's been about 3 weeks for me. My doc said 6 weeks total, so cross your fingers.
    The ER Doc gave me the same "gloom and Doom" speech. I think they try to paint the worst case, more so to CYA for liability.
    I'm seeing the orthopedist today. All I can say i hang in there, it does get better

  5. #5
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    Thanks for all the well wishes and thanks to fredwina for the post since she has the same problem! I read your blog...regarding the stationary bike - i can't do this either since i can't lean forward on the left side...BUT...i found a gym with a recumbent and that seems to work nicely.....of course not nearly as good as a bike trainer or being outside...but at least it's something!

    lemme know how it goes with the dr. today. i've got my follow-up next week (also at the 3 week mark) - hoping i'll be able to start PT then. I think i'll be feeling better/normal by 6 weeks...but the doctor was telling me for complete healing of the bone would be 2-3 months....i'd be happy if i could just move my arm around in a few weeks...even if i still had to be careful about lifting things that are heavy ; )

    take care fredwina!! I feel your pain....literally ; ) tee hee

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    The all ice-cream diet!!!

    Here's my thread:
    http://forums.teamestrogen.com/showt...light=fredwina
    I'll let you my progress on getting out of this "sorority"

  7. #7
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    Good luck! So sorry this happened.
    Sarah

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    Ouch! here's to a speedy recovery



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  9. #9
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    Back from The othropedist

    I have the sling off, and can do everything but heavy lifting , and riding the bike(Darn!). Follow up in 3 weeks
    I thought about doing the gym, but didn't want to get into any long term commitments, particlurlay since I can ride outside year around (I live about 40 miles east of Los Angeles.)

  10. #10
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    Aw damn - I hope you're not in too much pain and I hope it's not too annoying!!

    I have just recently recovered from a recent stack that resulted in a fractured head of radius (one of your bones in your forearm. The fracture was just near the elbow). It's been 6 weeks for me, but I felt pretty good about it after 2-3 weeks. I even started riding after 2 weeks (against medical orders, but hey!!). I'm an OT so I did my own therapy, so that saved a lot of time in physio bills!

    Anyway, I hope you recover well! And all I can recommend is to get back on the bike as soon as you're able!

  11. #11
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    I got the official Ok to start riding again today! Did not need to have any therapy either. it's a god thing as my lead in the club's mileage comptetion is down to less than 100 (I had an over 1,000 mile lead at one point)

  12. #12
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    Fredwina, that's great! Have you gone for a ride since you got the good news? Bet you are chomping at the bit to get back out... I crashed in mid-August, about the same time you did, and it has been just within the past week or so that I have been riding again. Feels great to be out in the fresh air. Only thing that stinks is I lost all my cardio ability, and my legs hate me. But compared to sitting at home, I'll take starting over any time! I wish you the best of luck, and I hope you find yourself close to the 1000 mile lead again soon!

  13. #13
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    Liberty, I've haven't had a chance. It's probably going to be tomorrow morning. All good things in time.....

  14. #14
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    Hey Fredwina -

    That's great that you will be back on the bike again and that you don't need PT...i'm guessing my broken bone may have been a tad worse than yours. i still don't have full motion outward toward the side and still have some pain if i move the wrong way - but it is getting better every day. i started PT but i can only do stretches....and even some of the stretches they want me to do, i can't because i can't move in that direction yet...the strengthening starts in another week. getting back on the bike will probably take another couple weeks....

    but i'm getting there...just takes time and patience ; )

    enjoy the riding! hoping to be back out there by mid october - at least i'll make it out there before the first snowfall (even if the last ride i did was in the summertime)

  15. #15
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    yes!!!!!i did mine aug 2005,YOU ARE NOT ALONE SWEETIE,Took 3 weeks for me to see measurable improvement and then daily it seemed to improve,physio physio,!!!make it your obsession,finally after 12 weeks i was back in the fast lane doing front crawl and going up hills out of the saddle,now over a year on it still sometimes wakes me at night and i get the odd tweak,mainly after a weekend of racing,did my collar bone in 2 places at the same time


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