Physical therapy tonight.
Front Squat 5x3
165, 175, 185, 195, 205
Did some hiking (Mist Trail) this weekend and physical therapy last night. Squats were done with arms crossed. Felt strong with 205.
Today I started physical therapy. It was pretty rough. Even the occupational therapist, Michael, was surprised with my limited range of motion and strength. Little does he know how much it has improved since my cast came off.
The primary challenges are extension of the wrist and supination. I simply can't bend my hand back past a neutral position or rotate my right thumb pointing left away from me.
It was hard work and he is definitely going to push me physically and mentally and which is exactly what I need and I'm paying for. The plan is 1-2 visits per week with work at home each for 6 weeks. We will focus on passive and active range of motion (ROM) and mobility of the joint.
Then I will gradually begin working on strength. In the meantime I will keep going to Crossfit, hike, and swim.
Serratus push-ups, one-arm kettlebell swings (44 lbs)
Planks and one-arm pull with 44lbs.
Modified one arm snatch with 44lbs kettlebell. 6 rounds + 25 DU.
Modified for one arm. Deadlift with 70lbs kettlebell. 6m30s.
Great news today from Dr. Rebecca Yu in Berkeley, CA. I can start physical therapy immediately. It is a long road ahead for sure, but at least I can start taking things "into my own hands"...
Range of Motion (passive and active) and joint mobilization will be the focus for the next 6 weeks. Dr. Yu was very happy with the surgery overall, but I do have some ulnar displacement which is limiting my ability to rotate my wrist.
I can wean off the soft cast but will need to avoid strain or falling on the wrist.
Rebecca Yu was recommended by my surgeon in Québec. They were colleagues and he said she is the best and I agree. 8 hours of public transportation in one day, but it has been worth it. If you need a hand surgeon in the San Francisco Bay Area, see her website and make an appointment!
Next I will meet the physical therapist ASAP.
Well we just moved across the continent to California. It is good to be back! However, the wrist recovery is slow going and frustrating at times. I go to see a new doctor in Berkeley on tomorrow to continue evaluation and hopefully setup a rehab plan. Today I stopped by the local box (MidState Crossfit) to do some warm-ups with the group class and let them know I will be in there when I can to start squatting. It felt great!
Last night however, I received a phone call from Zach Krych. This is an Olympic lifter who suffered an overcame a perilunate dislocation in both wrists. When I say "he overcame" the injury, I mean he totally defeated his old personal records and provided inspiration to thousands of people through his video 'Strong Will' (posted below). See below to read about our conversation.
In 2003 Zach Krych was accepted to the U.S. Olympic Training Center to pursue his dream of becoming a competitive Olympic weightlifter, and to one day compete in the Olympic Games. After suffering a devastating injury in 2009 he was told he would never weightlift again and that his career was over. Against all odds Zach overcame his injury and eventually won a U.S. National Championship, and is now contending for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. This is his inspirational story of struggle and success and how he overcame insurmountable odds.
Well it has been about five days since the pins were taken out and my arm cast removed. Now I have a soft removable cast and the pin tracks have started closing up.
Also there was ALOT of dead skin to deal with, but that is clearing up now. First shower felt like heaven until I looked down and saw two months of dead Crossfit skin dripping onto the floor.
I have not posted since my cast came off because I've been traveling back to the United States, and to be honest, my attitude really sucked. No matter how many times the doctor told me I would be very stiff and immobilized when the cast came off, it was heartbreaking when I tried to bend my wrist and absolutely nothing happened.
My hand felt entirely dead. This means since that moment I have been short-tempered, guarded, and even hysterical at times. I truly feel like I have a disability and was even feeling sorry for myself at some point. Of course I know people have suffered and overcome worse injuries / disabilities- but this is just a new feeling to come to terms with. This has undoubtedly been difficult for those closest to me, especially my girlfriend Alix.
The mental aspect of this injury is something I will have to work on. Talking about it helps and now that I can sweat perhaps a little metabolic conditioning will "cheer me up".
Today, while visiting family in the Catskills NY - I decided to go for a short run. A 1.5 mile run down a hill to the main road and back up. 17m07s. My lungs burned and my legs did not want to move. It was really painful and I wanted to stop. But I liked it...
It will be at least two weeks before I meet with my physical therapist to talk about rehab, so for now little workouts will have to hold me over in my pursuit of progress.
I have been doing Crossfit since 2007. Recently I suffered a serious wrist injury.