Two weeks ago I hyperextended my left index finger playing volleyball in the house with my daughter (after having twice been warned not to do so by my wife!). I have an avulsion fracture as a result of the hyper-extension. It is safe to say that I did not fully appreciate the joy of healthy fingers until now.
Oddly enough, I rode my bike to work the day after I broke my finger, likely since I hadn’t yet had it examined. Likewise I rode to urgent care and from there home. Halfway to work I knew it would be a short day at the office since I felt every bump.
I’ve only been on the bike once since, nine days after the injury, to and from work. It wasn’t terribly painful but the morning temperature has been hovering around 20°F. I’d have to take my finger out of the splint to get my glove on and without the splint my finger involuntarily moves with every grab of the handlebar or brake lever and with very painful results.
Today it was 60°F and I promised to drive my wife to Columbus to pick up her Christmas present. You remember my wife; the one who will never let me forget that I broke my finger playing volleyball in the house. I decided I needed the marital karma more than I needed a ride. If I sound conflicted about that statement… Well… No comment.
I haven’t been totally unproductive. Still doing plenty of reading about bicycle touring and ride preparation. I’ve also invested in a lot of bike apparel to help deal with the increasingly cold (except for today!) weather. That’s all for now. Oh, the splint may come off this Friday but even the slightest movement triggers pain on occasion. So I’m not optimistic about a splint-free Christmas. Ugh.