Title says it all haha. So, on the topic of how I injured my arm, weeks ago. I realise I haven't really posted up an explanation here. I might as well.
I did mention that bicycle toe-cages are evil. This is a toe-cage:
This thing screws onto your bicycle pedal, as you can see in the image, and is implemented to retain your feet on the pedals and reduce the inevitable slippage, which is useful - if you're a long distance biker.
I am not. I still have no idea why SMurF had to install them on my bike. That doesn't really matter anymore - what matters is, in the case of an accident-prone person such as I, they are a Very Bad Idea.
How I fell off is really ridiculous, even when I think about it now. All I did was: I stopped my bike. Stopping your bike, as any child would know, involves removing your feet off the pedal, and setting it down on the ground on both sides of the bike. In my case, I did just that, BUT the toe-cage on the left had to somehow catch on my left shoe, and while attempting to extricate my foot from it, I lost balance and fell to my right.
Unable to remove my foot in order to rotate self into a falling position whereby I would have landed safely on my bum, I found myself succumbing to the forces of gravity as if in slow motion... facing downwards. I had two options at that point:
- land flat on my face
- break fall by reaching out right arm
The choice was obvious, if regrettable. I landed on my arm - hard - and heard a loud popping sound coming from aforementioned arm. Pain shot through my arm momentarily, but wasn't severe enough that I would expect that it was broken. I merely thought I might have pulled a ligament badly.
And that's how I broke my radial head. Guess what I did straight after I got back from the hospital?
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That was almost two weeks ago. The fracture is probably healed by now, but as in the case of most similar injuries to that area, I've been having some major recovery problems in terms of regaining mobility. Daily physiotherapy to rehabilitate my arm has been a necessity.
I can't flex my right arm so my right hand touches my right shoulder. But I can straighten most of it out, and rotate my forearm so my palm faces up (supination), which is actually quite an achievement considering how limited my range of movements were before physio.
If you read my previous post, I mentioned that the kind people at Genting Garden replied me and offered to send me some sorrel seeds at no charge. Took ten days to reach me, which was longer than expected, but I finally received it yesterday in the mail:
And to my delight, they didn't only send me a generous amount of seeds for the common sorrel, but they also included an extra pack for bloody sorrel, which is the milder-flavoured, red-veined variety, which is so beautiful it is sometimes grown as an ornamental, albeit edible, garden plant.
I've planted quite a number of seed for both varieties in two seeding trays. Apparently these make great companion plants to my strawberry plants:
A bit unrelated to previous statement, but strawberry flowers are quite pretty!
And I'm going to end this post on that note, because that reminds me that I have to go out to check on my little herb nursery that I've relocated on my patio, due to attacks by snails that have increased in severity lately, what with it being the rainy season now.
Next post, probably another set of updates I was suppose to post here weeks ago LOL.