Give Me a Break; Diary of a Broken Wrist

November 21, 2011

An Ounce of Prevention…
Long story short: on Thursday evening I broke my wrist when I slipped on an icy patch of sidewalk. In hindsight, I can totally relate to that old maxim, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Before I left for my walk I thought about putting the grips on my boots (grips are the pedestrian equivalent of studded snow tires) but decided that I would be fine without them; after all there were only a few centimeters of snow on the sidewalk. About a block away from the house I realized that it was slippery but I was being careful and I didn’t want to take the time to go back and put. All went well until I was almost back home; without any warning, my feet slipped out from under me, my hands went back to cushion the fall and I felt a sickening crunch; the rest, as they say is history! It’s been three days since the event and I am now casted up to my elbow. So for all of you that live in the land of ice and snow—take my advice, go out and buy yourself a pair of snow grips and immediately fasten them onto your boots for the rest of the winter.


There are other styles on the market but these ones are really easy to attach compared to some I've had in the past.

I’ve often heard the cliché, “When life gives you lemons the best thing to do is to make lemonade” so that’s my plan for the next few weeks. I’m going to use myself as the “grand experiment” and share all of my findings with those of you who either have a broken arm or work with people who have broken their arm.

In my next installment I’ll tell you how I managed to be relatively pain-free through the first days after the break.


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