The image on the left is the acute fracture through the distal radius. Image on the right, healing callous formation is visible as the fracture line starts to shrink.
Daughter’s cast came off yesterday. I couldn’t make it to the fracture clinic appointment because of work (cue the mommy guilt) but husband took a lot of pictures. Her bone is healing, there’s good callous formation, so off came the cast and no more follow-up is needed. Her little forearm has atrophied as she hasn’t used those muscles in a month and she has some bruising on the underside of the forearm where the fracture was. She insisted the discoloration was from her putting a chopstick in there to scratch an itch but really, it’s from the fracture.
I reminded her a lot today before school that she has to be careful with her arm especially in gym class. She seems to get it but the mommy in me still worries. Shouldn’t they have casted her again? Isn’t it too early for an almost-6 year old with a freshly healing bone to be running around with no cast?
I am on the mend. After my physiotherapy appointment earlier in the week, I managed to get in two back-to-back runs and one “long” run today. The first two runs were 3k and 4k, respectively. Today’s “long” run was 5.25km. I put long in quotations because it’s hardly what marathon runners would consider their long run, but for this gal, it was a long run. It felt like a long run.
It’s amazing how fast my endurance decreased after not running for 8 days. It’s getting better, slowly but surely. And so is the Achilles tendon. I have been doing my heel raises religiously and icing it after my runs. I can still feel that it’s irritated, but much less so than a week ago.
It feels great to be getting back to work on my 10k goal. Sadly though, I don’t think it’ll happen before April 1. If I push for it, I will likely get injured again. So for now, I am not setting the goal but will just take it one run at a time and see how I do.
I see my running as fulfilling two goals. One is to get physically fit; the other is to stay mentally fit. Maternity leave has left my brain a bit mushy. Mostly from the lack of sleep but also from the fact that I haven’t really thought about medicine in the past five months. It’s been a good mental break but the time has come to exercise my brain.
But first I must rid myself of this awful migraine. This is one of my favorite photos depicting what its like to suffer from migraine headaches.