Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Cast is off...now what?

So my cast came off on Monday, I've got a removeable brace now - I have some mixed feelings about it. On one hand it's great not to be so darn itchy in a cast. On the other - man my arm is sore. Muscles that haven't been used have a way of making you pay dearly for not using them...I think I might be relying too heavily on the brace - probably because I'm terrified of reinjuring the joint. I lost a lot of muscle in the few weeks in a cast and the range of motion that goes with it. The orthopedist wanted me to sleep without the brace and in general start using it more - sleeping without it was pretty high on the list (which I'm really afraid to do). It's nice to shower normally again - super swell to wash my hair with two hands again. At this point no physical therapy - if I'm not improving in a couple of weeks or so I need to call and set up some PT appointments.

On a strong plus side though typing is back to mostly normal - two hands and the improved dexterity that comes with not having a cast between your thumb and index finger is a refreshing change - it's nice to be able to type out emails in less than 10 minutes of hunt and peck...

Back to normal routine for the dogs - we trained Monday and Tuesday nights - I'm working on tightening up Teller's about turns, figure-eights and fronts. I want to clean up some of the forges we had last week on the inside turns, the bit of lagging we had on the about turns and gosh - that front last Wednesday was AWFUL - always something to work on now that I know what we're likely to have in the ring when we head to Souhegan next weekend...

I'm oncall the rest of this week and all of next - had a rough first night last night so I think I'm going to make some soup and hit the sack early....

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