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.
Do we have same injury? Zach: Yep perilunate dislocation.
Did you have any additional surgery? Zach: 1 additional to remove some irritated nerve endings, may not be necessary for you.
How was rehab? Zach: it is really slow...making circles, squeezing puddy, small hammers. overhead weight ridiculously small (2 lbs)
What can I do about mobility? Zach: shoulder mobility will help compensate for wrists
What about my strength, it is pretty much gone? Zach: It will come back, but not in the same places on the forearm
What did you do for nutrition? Zach: Glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, take it all because you do not know what the limiting factors will be. (I think he used Shaklee products).
What to expect after rehab:
- Small (+5 lbs) increases and then a day off, see how wrist feels
- Pulling not really that painful (deadlift, pullups, etc.)
- Snatching hurts, especially with a wide grip.
- Cleaning can hurt - leather wrist wraps, something stiff to protect and load the weight away from the injury.
- 2 Aleve worked as well as 8 Ibuprofens, but if you're not lifting overhead too much there may not be much pain.
- Push-ups are actually extremely tough on the wrist - do the perfect pushups : ) with dumbells
- Don't think about how things would be different if it did not happen, it is useless.
- Be grateful --- For modern medicine. Imagine 100 years ago? You would be a cripple. For the ability of the human body to overcome challenges. Be grateful for the great people in your life. Sure you might have known they love and care about you, but did you know how they would support you physically and emotionally?
- Document the process - Write a blog? Video the progress...
Probably the most helpful piece of advice was to "be grateful". The mental aspect of this injury has been far worse than any of the pain. Recognizing all of the wonderful people around me is something I may never have been in good at in the past, but going forward I plan to change that.
So, to start, thank you Zach. I am grateful we met.