Ain't no thing but a (broken) chicken wing.
March 7, 2012 5:24 PM Subscribe
Two-part question: 1) You had a broken clavicle repaired surgically - what was your experience? 2) You've been seriously single going through the recovery process from major injury - how did you keep your mojo?
posted by swngnmonk to health & fitness (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So it looks like my streak of major orthopedic injuries is continuing, and I need surgery to repair a broken collarbone that has become a non-union after 4 months. I know the recovery process w/o surgery, but I need to hear your experiences, stories, and advice/suggestions for recovery from a surgically repaired one. FWIW, it's a clean break, they're installing plates & pins. I've now consulted with 4 different surgeons, they're in full agreement.
I'm (sadly) quite experienced in injury recovery - the last few years have been a real challenge (two knee surgeries, two shoulder injuries). And I'm familiar with my own pattern - I get injured/operated on, I withdraw to lick my wounds, and I have a really hard time coming back out of my shell until I'm fully healed. The problem is that every time, I have become a depressed shell of myself.
I'm working with my therapist on this, but the other note is this - during the previous recoveries, I was in the final throes of an extremely painful divorce. I wasn't dating. Over the last year, through a ton of fits and starts, I've finally learned how to date again. But my physical sense of self is a big part of my confidence. I'm not seeing anyone right now, but I -really- do not want to put my dating life on the shelf for the 2-3 months it'll take to recover.
So, men and women of MeFi: You're single. You're injured, so HotMessyFunSexyTime is off the table for a little while. But this is temporary, and you know with the right person, a lot of teasing fun can be had in the meantime. But injuries are hard work, and maintaining a sense of humor can be difficult. How did you do it?
Anecdotes, suggestions, laughs all appreciated. I'm super-bummed about having to go under the knife here, and trying to maintain a sense of humor about it all.