I'm jealous. You know how cyclists love titanium hardware.
Absolutely. I got the XTR plate. And those are Chris King staples. Not sure what will happen when my insurance plan sees the treatment code for that one.
Just saw this post, hang in there, think spring skiing. I'm remembering my dislocated shoulder in Jackson, now 6 years ago, and being stuck in a chair rather than being on the hill. I feel your pain, sometimes life sucks, but, you will be back and better than ever.
Just saw this and heal well my friend. Happened to me going over a jump at Snowshoe but no surgery for mine. Fortunately it was in the afternoon of what was already going to be my last day of the season and two buddies were with me. Amount of ski season lost was all of 2 hours.
See you in Jackson and again heal well.
Missed this thread, q: how, I don't know. In the PM, when you said "broken clavicle," I thought, "Gosh, that's too bad -- a sling for six weeks." I wasn't thinking Frankenstein. Loads of sympathy to you, and best of luck with the recovery (though it doesn't look like you need it).
@qcanoe hows the PT going?
Thanks for asking, Finn.
Short answer: Fine.
Honestly there isn't all that much to the PT itself at this point. I only started last week. Been to the initial work-up session and that's it. More this week. Right now just doing range-of-motion stuff at home. That is is going well, mostly since I'm just starting out with very good ROM post-surgery, according to the PT. For example, I can don and remove pullovers with almost no trouble at this point, can raise arm straight overhead and straight out to side if warmed up. (Just did it now, unthinkingly, WITHOUT warm-up, to validate that I was telling the truth, and realized I need the warm-up. Doh. ) Driving, working, all more or less fine.
That said, I am struggling a bit with getting up to speed on putting the REST of my body - and mind, for that matter - into full ski-fitness restoration / creation mode, in the wake of sitting around for almost a month now. Part of the problem is institutional, in that the Medical Powers That Be aren't always looking at this with the same sense of urgency that I am, even when I explain repeatedly that I have a time-sensitive agenda for the winter! Part of the problem is me, because I don't actually have a solid indoor routine for ski fitness to start with, let alone one that I would know how to adapt to be non-weight-bearing-left-shoulder-friendly.
Normally I just bike 'til have to stop, start nordic skiing as soon as I can, and fill in the gaps with a yoga class and the odd session doing lunges, hopping BOSUs, etc. I don't have an existing discipline for indoor fitness. I AM taking action to address this, however. The PT guy has promised me that he would put me on a routine for exactly this, although I haven't seen it yet. Meanwhile on Friday I went down to the gym in my building at work, told the woman working there my story, and asked her to work something up for me, which she promised to do. So I expect to be on that this coming week with some weight training, core stuff, low-risk agility stuff, etc.
I went through a period ten days ago or so where I was super down psychologically because I was having trouble doing even really easy aerobic stuff like climbing stairs or doing a short gentle spin without feeling like death and having to bail. I am feeling much better about the whole situation this week because I've been out for a couple of easy runs, been on the spin bike for a good 40 minute session without fainting, etc. Yesterday I was outside most of the day as a spectator at my kid's nordic race, which REALLY got me jonesing to get back on skis, but it felt great to be out in the snow among skiers. (I can't ski even nordic without poles, because the risk of re-injury if I were to go down is too high.)
Follow-up visit with doc in about 5 weeks to get new x-rays, etc. My fantasy is that at that point I will be good to go back on snow, perhaps with some caveats. No one is promising that at this point, but I am not backing off my Jackson plans at this point!
Wow, q, just saw this. Major bummer, but you know that already. Follow your orthopod's advice on getting back to normal activity. I'm sure he/she has told you this, but the thing to remember is that though the plate and screws look very impressive, they only hold the broken pieces in place. There is no strength to the kit and kaboodle until callus is laid down and actual healing of the bone occurs. It is that healing that he/she will be looking for on the 5 week x-ray. The alignment is really excellent ("anatomic" in the parlance) and in a year you'll only have memories of incident. And that sexy scar.
Heal well and godspeed.