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#11
According to the ortho doc, the treatment for an elbow fracture hasn't changed in 20 years: Remove sling and discard; continually move or flex hand, wrist, fingers and elbow while taking the pills to kill the pain; try not to cause further damage by bumping into hard surfaces; and return in one week for a follow-up visit.

He did have me demonstrate the limits of movement in my left arm and hand. He also wanted to know how well the hydrocodon-acetaminophen was working to kill the pain. I told him one pill helped a little, two pills put me to sleep; he suggested one and a half pills - like I couldn't figure that out for myself.

Sidebar: As a touch-typist, having to type one-handed is torture.
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#12
That ulna nerve is never going to be the same.

Take the pain pills. Don't wait until it hurts, take them on a schedule. Keeping down the pain is easier and healthier than trying to get it down once it starts.

And yes, typing one handed would be (and is) torture.

I fell elbow first onto a concrete floor a long time ago. Hurt like the beejeebers. So I can empathize. Didn't break anything and in my case, immobilization was necessary. Had to wear a hot plastic brace all summer.

One of these days, I'm going to be invited to a Halloween party and I will wear all of my braces and splints. I'll be the "Accident that found a place to happen."
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#13
Ouch Bob!

So sorry that you have to go through this... like I said though, once you're well, get rid of those stupid clipless pedals and get back on your trusty steed.

Big Grin
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(07-02-2012, 06:13 PM)bobg1946 Wrote: According to the ortho doc, the treatment for an elbow fracture hasn't changed in 20 years: Remove sling and discard; continually move or flex hand, wrist, fingers and elbow while taking the pills to kill the pain; try not to cause further damage by bumping into hard surfaces; and return in one week for a follow-up visit.

He did have me demonstrate the limits of movement in my left arm and hand. He also wanted to know how well the hydrocodon-acetaminophen was working to kill the pain. I told him one pill helped a little, two pills put me to sleep; he suggested one and a half pills - like I couldn't figure that out for myself.

Sidebar: As a touch-typist, having to type one-handed is torture.

Too bad Bob, wish it was better for you. I busted my elbow in the 6th grade so I can sympathize. I had a cast from mid upper arm to my thumb! For half a school year!
Regarding the pain pills, my script is for 2 pills every 6 hours. During the times when my pain is bad, I take one pill every 4 hours. This does not put me to sleep, does not go over the "recommended" amount and provides a constant level of pain relief that allows me to deal with it. If you do the 2 every 6 hours, you end up on a roller coaster ride of pain/no pain. During times like this, where the weather is warm and I can move a lot, a pill at night to take the edge off while I try to sleep is sufficient, but there are other days....on those days I could take the whole bottle. If you need it, don't be afraid to consult with a pain management specialist. They can help a lot!
As always, YMMV! You do not have to agree or disagree, I am not a professional so my mental meanderings are simply recollections of things from my own life.

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#15
Update: Elbow and nerves slowly improving; however, in order to get some kind of exercise and to keep my wife happy, we've purchased two Australian made Greenspeed Magnum Trikes. Mine is blue, like the one below, and hers is red.

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This morning we rode the same route that I crashed on five weeks ago. This time we both made the whole circuit without incident.
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#16
Oh, recumbent bike! They're cool. I look forward to hearing more about how you like it.
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#17
That is just.... SO.... COOL..... congrats Bob!!

Very nice.

Well-done
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#18
Try this bike, its the fastest around Too-funny

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#19
But those Olympic racing bikes have only one gear!! Our new trikes have 27 gears; and you can get an upgrade to 81 gears, for an additional $800!
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(08-07-2012, 09:26 PM)bobg1946 Wrote: But those Olympic racing bikes have only one gear!! Our new trikes have 27 gears; and you can get an upgrade to 81 gears, for an additional $800!

81 gears? That must be some bloody great slope you live at the top / bottom of.

Hope you get better soon, and good to see you already back in the saddle - thats something I never managed after my wipeout 30 years ago.
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