Gravel Cyclist Down: Recovery from a Broken Clavicle – Part 2

Greetings trendsetters. This is the second in my series of articles about dealing with a common injury that affects many cyclists; recovery from a broken clavicle. Part 1 is HERE.

 

Recovery Week 2

Overall, I like to think my recovery is going well. Doctors would probably condone this, I have on a few occasions tested the amount of extension / flexibility of my left shoulder, simply by raising it as as high as I can. After the initial break, I could raise my left arm a little over 45 degrees, with the starting point being the arm by my side. Ten days later, I am close to 75 degrees. While there is no way the bone has fused, the muscle and tendon damage seems to be repairing nicely, which bodes well.

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Not so attractive bruising, but swelling is subsiding.

I seem to have recovered from my concussion; either that, or my friends are being extremely nice and humoring me 🙂

 

Sleeping

Has definitely been the biggest hurdle the past nine days. The broken clavicle and associated muscle damage cause little to no pain during sleep. However, the rib bruising, which extends across most of my back has been very painful, particularly after six hours of on and off sleep. I’ve been taking painkillers as mentioned in the first posting, but only for sleeping. On the positive, last night’s period of rest (Thursday 04/30/2015) was the best yet, with the rib pain dialed back a level. It seems they are healing, and tonight’s sleep will be the first sans painkillers. Progress!

To aid with sleeping on my back or right side, I’ve arranged pillows and assorted cushions into a U shape. Little things like this make a huge difference when dealing with an injury. While I’m not a regular sleeping on my back kind of guy, I find elevating one’s arms with a pillow / cushion beneath the elbow, really helps with getting comfortable, and hopefully, restful sleep.

ClaviclePart2-2015-2Diet

I am not here to profess the virtues of any particular diet. Diet is a personal choice of everyone out there, and can be a sensitive subject for some. I follow a vegan diet when I’m home (except when certain friends send Tim Tams in the mail… you know who you are), and a 100% vegetarian diet if I’m traveling on the road. I’ve upped my intake of dark veggies / leafy greens to include broccoli, which is known to be high in calcium. Smoothies help with ingesting all these raw goodies, and are quick to prepare. I love my Vitamix!

According to scientists out there, the absorption rate of calcium derived from broccoli and such isn’t optimal. But, I’m a believer of placebo / positive thought. I’d much rather ingest vitamins and minerals from food versus pills and tablets.

 

Exercise

Cycling is out, road, gravel or otherwise for a week or two. However, to keep myself in a positive frame of mind, I’ve been walking during lunch breaks, or doubling up walking after work. This past Wednesday and Thursday, I managed seven miles of walking each day. While the scenery could be better, getting out of the house / work and into the outdoors is really boosting my morale and recovery progress. From where I was a week ago, I am feeling so much better. Hoping to continue the walking trend this weekend with a 10 miler or two, maybe a little longer?

ClaviclePart2-2015-3Sometime next week I should be visiting or consulting with an orthopedic doctor.  In my mind, surgery isn’t required, as the broken clavicle seems to be settling into place, helped by the reduction of swelling around the break. Reminder, I’m not a trained medical doctor, and while I’ve had several experiences with broken clavicles in the past, I’d really like to avoid being cut open again!

Expect another update next week. Hope everyone has a good weekend planned, thanks for reading!

7 comments on “Gravel Cyclist Down: Recovery from a Broken Clavicle – Part 2

  1. Oi!
    What’s the Aussie word for Waambulence?
    Heal soon so I can diss you later conscience-free.
    🙂
    K-dogg

  2. Jommie Lad,

    Seems like the healing is progressing well. Can you enlighten us as to the culpability/payment by the owners of the canines that attacked you and caused this injury? One never knows, we might be next, and to be informed is for-armed.

    Keep up the good work posting one-handed!

    1. Dave, thanks for the words. There is something brewing up regarding the dog owners, but I am not at liberty to publish details about that just yet.

      JOM

  3. Sorry to read about your crash. Looks like you’re recovering quickly and in good spirit.
    Please post any back-in-the saddle rides you’ll be doing.

  4. If you you used photo-shop to cut out a rhomboid shaped image of that bruise, it could pass for an image of David Crosby’s failed liver.

    Heal up, buddy. I can’t wait to sit your wheel for a stretch of a mile or more, only to jump around you in the last 50m for some meaningless city sign. The end is the beginning is the end. Same as it ever was. 🙂

    We ride trainers soon!

  5. Jayson,
    I admire your strength and so glad, that you’re up and moving around. Wow! Six miles, that’s awesome and you’re hurt! Keep moving, my friend. Let me know, if you need, anything. I’ll try my best, to help. Heal well.

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