Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Broken Wrist is a Pain!

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball, and you just have to deal with it the best you can. I had an accident while snowboarding in Durango just a little over a week ago. I fell, landed wrong, and ended up with a broken wrist. Despite what one may think, it is very difficult to snowboard the rest of the way down a mountain when you have a broken wrist. Thanks to the help of my wife and friends, I was able to slowly make my way to the bottom of the run. Once there, I was assisted by the medical crew and carried away on a toboggan, first up one part of the mountain behind a snowmobile and then down another section of the mountain behind a medic skier to the base of the mountain where the urgent care was located. The staff at the urgent care (part of Mercy Regional Medical Center), including the medic that skied me there, were amazing. I couldn't have asked for a more friendly and helpful bunch of people. They took great care of me.

A broken wrist has a pretty big impact on you life when the majority of your job relies on you typing. I thought for sure that I would be out of work for several weeks or seriously slowed down due to the cast and pain, but it seems to have worked out alright this time. The injury was minor enough that I could still use my fingers so long as I didn't use a lot of pressure. The hard part was convincing the cast and keyboard to line up so that I could effectively use my fingers to type. I ended up buying a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 (sounds like an infomercial). The contour of the keyboard is perfect for how my hand naturally sits in the cast. I am in luck! With a little bit of practice, I have managed to type just under my normal speed. Every now and then I have to stop and elevate my arm due to swelling. So what did I learn from all this? If you're going to snowboard, wear your safety gear, especially a helmet and wrist guards. Otherwise, you may end up worse off than me. Have fun and be safe!

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