It’s the fifth and last story in the series How to Cook with a Broken Clavicle. Part 1: Background. Part 2: The Play. Part 3: The Pain. Part 4: Two Weeks. You’ve heard a primer about ultimate (if you didn’t know about it already), the play that caused my injury, and the pain I endured over the next two weeks. I left you with a picture of my terminator collarbone after surgery and the lack of pain 36 hours post-surgery. If you haven’t heard those stories, read up!
This post is a summary of lessons learned in my 7 weeks since injury.
- You can eliminate many activities from your life that become difficult, but do not eliminate eating. I lost 10 pounds in my first week after injury because cooking was painful.
- Driving a stick shift car was dangerous and painful, so I didn’t do it until 4 weeks after surgery.
- Undergoing surgery quickly placed my shoulder in its anatomically-correct position and eliminated pain within 36 hours. This is huge. I could have avoided surgery, but altered throwing mechanics may have messed with my game and would have left an ugly-ass bump.
- Call your parents if that’s something you do. They’d love to take care of you. My parents grocery shopped, cooked, and delivered breakfast burritos to me following surgery. More on that in a bit.
- Eating out becomes exhausting. I ate out many times, with and without a companion, and
- My monthly breakfast burrito intake grew by 2000%.
- When it comes to eating at home without cooking, I recommend protein shakes, cheese, yogurt, prosciutto, salami, and salads.
- Whole foods serves a breakfast buffet that costs $8.99 per pound which includes bacon (!) and sausage.
- With a useless dominant arm, preparing food is the most difficult part of cooking. I ate numerous ground meat and pre-cut vegetable stir-fries.
- Video and book consumption will likely increase. On at least two occasions, I read a 500-page book in a day. I also watched my first TV show, Parks and Rec from beginning to end.
- Mental healing is equally important to physical healing. I kept my brain occupied writing, painting with my left arm, getting one pedicure (!), and updating my wardrobe.
- Doing mentally- or physically-intensive activities while under the influence of narcotic painkillers is difficult.
- I dressed as WWF’s Ultimate Warrior for Halloween. Lesson learned: makeup remover can remove temporary face tattoos but will cause a phenomenon called face burn when applied.