i’ve talked about my wrist (affectionately called “my bum wrist”) before. since last summer it has been “sore”. i just thought it was tendonitis or something caused by a failed plank challenge and continued strenuous workouts. for months, i just pushed the pain and irritation out of my mind. i told myself that i was fine. turns out i was wrong.
i went to the doctor last friday because i was fed up. i had pain traveling down into my hand and up my arm. i just knew something was wrong. yet, i still convinced myself that it was just tendonitis or carpel tunnel. nope. it was a fracture.
now i have to wear an ugly brace on my arm for at least 7-10 days. i’m headed for an MRI tomorrow afternoon to see the extent of the damage. i’m hoping it’s just minor. also, i cannot put any pressure on my wrist for at least a month.
when my doctor looked at my x-ray and explained what he saw, my heart sank. i have worked so hard on my fitness in the past few months. i’ve been so dedicated and focused. i’m proud of the results that i am just starting to experience. and now i am faced with a major setback.
because of the physical limitations, i am going to have to seriously rethink my fitness plans. i know i’m going to have to shift my focus to my lower body and cardio. my doctor said that i can continue to workout as long as it doesn’t affect my wrist. he said no pressure, no punches, and “nothing that hurts”.
this experience is going to be challenging on me physically and mentally. i have rediscovered my favorite dvd – cardio abs – and my zumba wii games. throughout the next few weeks, i am going to have to think outside the box. i’m going to have to slow down some. i’m going to have to accept that this is just how it is for awhile. i also have to come to terms with my limitations and not try to fight them because i know that it will only make my recovery time longer.
and you know, it could be worse… it could have been my right arm. it could have been my ankle. it could have been a bad break. it could have have most definitely have been worse.
this 40 minute lower body workout is an example of something i’m going to be doing in the next month. it has a warmup and cool down included. i’m definitely going to modify my workouts and the exercise, but i can still do most of what i want to.