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Old 05-29-09, 06:47 PM   #1
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going to try and get back on a bike tomorrow...

should be fun!





nifty, huh?
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Old 05-29-09, 06:58 PM   #2
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If that had a bottle opener on it, you'd be a less deadly, more useful Wolverine.
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Old 05-29-09, 07:05 PM   #4
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Should make air travel more interesting...is there an up-charge for ppl w/implants?
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Old 05-29-09, 08:49 PM   #5
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I have one of those too. Mine has 5 screws though.

I was off the bike for 3 weeks. Hurt for another 12 weeks after that. Took 2 years to actually heal to where I wouldn't notice it anymore. Still have very slight numbness from the nerve damage at the incision. I didn't do any rehab though either. Range of motion was 100% after a few months.
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Old 05-29-09, 08:59 PM   #6
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So I take it you prefer titanium over carbon?
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Old 05-29-09, 09:24 PM   #9
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its a common injury especially with elderly people.........you fall and post an arm down to break your fall and your wrist bone gets driven into one of your bones in your forearm and it sheers it lengthwise, once that happens it won't heal with cast, it has to be screwed back together

the actual break didn't hurt at all till I got up and pulled on it, that hurt a lot

after surgery it was painless too, it wasn't till I got on the bike that it hurt.....going over bumps it was tender for a few weeks
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Old 05-31-09, 08:51 AM   #10
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Cbad: surgical-grade stainless steel, thank you very much. steel is real, people!

pedex: who you callin' elderly?

i'm not worried about airport security, for a couple reasons:

1. it's 316LVM stainless. most metal detectors work by magnetic induction; austenitic steels are pretty much invisible to that type of equipment.
2. i get stopped and searched ANYWAY. so it's not like they can stop and search me MORE.

what's been strange about this whole process is that we're not sure how i broke it. the orthopaedist even commented on the break being "strange" - and he's a hand and wrist specialist.

i took a spill off of my town bike onto pavement - falling on my right side. road rash, the whole works. my left arm was pretty much flailing madly in the air. apparently, too well.

then i walked 1/3 of a mile to the bike shop, and had them fix my bike ('cause my hands weren't working - odd, that). walked from there another mile or so to the car, loaded the bike, and drove to the ER (manual steering and standard shift rules!).

so it's really wasn't as bad as it looks. the couple days after the surgery actually sucked more.
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Surgical-grade stainless is the only way to go

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dude, ow.

do some of those screws stick out the other side of the bone?
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Old 05-31-09, 08:29 PM   #14
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WOW, good luck. i just barely got on a bike yesterday but not cause i got hurt just laziness.
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Old 05-31-09, 09:18 PM   #15
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You do appear to be totally screwed.
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dude, ow.

do some of those screws stick out the other side of the bone?
Yeah, you can feel them under the skin. I'm supposed to get my ulna plate out next year sometime, the radius plate is staying.

Makes for a good conversation starter...
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smashed ulna and radii are common injuries among hunter gatherer
skeletal populations.
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