Lots to catch up on here. If anyone else has had a similar break as mine, I'd love to hear about your progress vs. mine! Similar or not?
(For reference: Injury on Tuesday afternoon, May 13.)
-could type on computer with L hand, but it was still slow but more efficient
-could extend wrist and fingers even more than day prior
-slept almost normally without being woken up by pain
4 days later (Sat):
-was able to put hair in a loose/sloppy pony tail.
-*first workout* - rode on trainer 55min mostly easy with 10min tempo. no bad pain during/after. see photo to right. (john set up trainer for me)
-could put on socks
-could finally cut and open an avocado again!
-could cut meat (used knife with R hand however, and used L hand to stabilize fork)
-could open a jar (used R hand to twist, and L hand to hold base in place)
5 days later (Sun):
-felt like i was able to use fingers normally to type; wrist stabilized in brace of course so no pronation/supination
-rode trainer 1:10 with 5 X 3:00 intervals at Z4 watts
-first RUN. did a 4-mile t-run off bike and wrist felt fine.
-could almost floss normally
-carefully showered without the brace (had doc approval to do this)
6 days later
-could apply enough pressure with the broken wrist to put on lotion
-ran 4-5ish miles, easy.
7 days/1 week later
-turn a door knob to open a door (wrist still lock in place with brace on, but able to still use that side for the task)
-hold a regular-sized glass of water that's full
-did an outdoor strength training session with clients that included planks and side planks, which I was able to do!
-treadmill run intervals at 6:30 and faster pace (less than 15min total though)
-could use the puff in the shower with left hand and able to apply enough pressure for washing
-operating virtually like normal in the kitchen for cooking, no pain
8 days later
-could finally do some "real" cleaning around the house with brace on i.e. wash dishes, clean up/hang up clothes that had been piling up, wipe down counter tops, etc, and spend enough time actively doing all that with no bad pain at all.
-definite increase in extension/flexion of wrist and overall wrist mobility when brace off
-tried typing with no brace... possible but need to be careful. any wrong movement and it hurts bad
-comfortable taking off brace at home and moving around the house with it off, doing light movements/tasks with no brace (vs. before I'd take it off and sit quietly in one spot to avoid aggravating it or hurting it in any way because it still hurt)
-bike workout AND I set up my bike on the trainer all by myself for the first time!
9 days later
-i made breakfast without the brace on, but that was a bit risky and i really had to watch my movement to not do something dumb.
-i feel like I'm ready to try a swim with the brace (duh), but our pool is closed for a couple weeks and I don't feel like driving forever to get to another one. ocean is option, but it's quite choppy and that seems a little risky at this point. we'll see....
-wrist still visibly swollen in area above the radius, but improving.