Saw the doctor for my one-month-out-of-the-cast follow-up and all’s well. He says my progress is actually better than average with regards to range of motion. I do have some lingering pain in my wrist and palm which is probably related to soft tissue damage done in the fall which making itself known as I add stress to the hand over time, but that should heal.
I asked about physical therapy and he said he sees no reason at all that I need it. So we’ll see how it goes as I ramp up the stress on the hand over the next couple months and hope everything goes smoothly. Everyday life, including typing (which I do for a living being a programmer) is going so well now that I forget about the hand entirely for hours at a time, if not most of the day.
And I’m cleared to ride a bike! But I’ll be sticking to the mountain bike on the road to minimize impact stress for a while yet. I don’t want to risk uni riding because a fall to my hand could re-fracture it and even on the road, stuff happens on a uni sometimes. Full pre-break strength takes about six months and I’m just over two months since injury at this point.
No radiation (x-rays), torture (traction), or power tools this time - what the heck am I paying these people for?