The Never Ending Saga of My Broken Arm

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    Sep 26, 2008 10:05 PM GMT
    In May of 2008 I was on a training ride for AidsLifeCycle (which raises money for the Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic in Los Angeles). It was extremely warm that day and our ride was from Santa Monica to San Pedro and back, a distance of about 100 miles.
    It was a very tough ride, not only because of the heat but I also hadn't done that many smaller rides. After all, I've done Ironman and I can handle a long ride.
    I got two very intense dizzy spells during the day but still continued riding. As we neared mile 80 I was feeling pretty good. We'd done all the heavy hill work and I was taking it easy, not feeling the need to push myself as I did earlier in the day.
    I was taking a mental inventory of how I was feeling: I just had something to eat, felt not terribly tired, not thirsty...BAM!
    The next thing I knew I was on my back in an ambulance asking what had happened. The paramedic said, "that's the sixth time you've asked me that and I putting that on the chart."
    A week later I had the operation to fix my broken radius. We determined it was most likely due to dehydration.
    In the subsequent weeks, I felt pretty good, my arm was healing nicely and I was getting really frustrated I couldn't work out. I decided to do some push ups and pull ups under the mistaken belief my arm had healed well enough.
    Later, at the doctor's office, I could see the plate in my arm was offset and a screw out of place.
    I had a second operation, now with a bone graft and a larger plate. I'll be more patient this time!
    I must note, however, the Ironman (injury free) was far and away more painful than my broken arm!
    The total bill against the insurance company has been more than $100,000. I can see how people can easily become bankrupted through medical expenses.
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    Sep 27, 2008 5:55 AM GMT
    Ya gotta watch out....this physical fitness stuff can kill ya! ... icon_eek.gif

    Boy, I am really sorry to hear about your arm. Is this the first time you have mentioned it on RJ? I have missed it if you mentioned it before.
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    Sep 27, 2008 6:53 AM GMT
    I was run off the road tuesday on my motorbike and my left hand was broken. Not working out is frustrating me as well. But i dont want to prolong the recovery. Hope yours turns out all right> work legs and abs at least.icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 27, 2008 8:34 AM GMT
    Thanks guys! Thanks, for the well wishes...

    Caslon I've mentioned it only tangentially but thought I'd make a specific post about it. I didn't want to complain about it.

    Above everything, the pain, the wasted time, it really bugs me that the medical bills would have been crazy had I no insurance. It's just crazy!
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    Sep 27, 2008 9:46 AM GMT
    Plates and screws are ridiculously expensive.

    I've had three plates changed in my left arm and the price has been phenomenal!

    Take it easy on your arm, I've only just been given the (sorta) all clear to hit the gym, three years after shattering my entire left arm.

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    Oct 12, 2008 6:16 AM GMT
    be lucky they plated the bitch... both bones in my left forearm are permanently out of place because of a mis-set after a break that splintered and rotated them (my wrist is mostly fuctional just can't always lift shit and it hurts like hell all winter)... NEVER try to outsmart your doctor... they do have degrees for a reason... but def talk to your doc if you have insurance, have him put in a good long rehab order... otherwise take it easy for a while, and get used to never feeling the same again...