Welcome (?) to the club, Dave. Mine was during tennis as well. Like someone else said, who knew tennis was so dangerous!?
I was at the net and chased down a soft low lob, hitting it back over the net over my left shoulder. I think I pivoted on my left foot back to face the net, leading as it came around with my right foot. I plant my left foot to push off and heard that fateful, horrible * POP * you mentioned and hit the deck. As another tennis player, you will appreciate this: one of my opponents came over later while I was being iced down and congratulated me on my “great shot”, which I had missed while collapsed on the court spitting out expletives.
Hard to remember it now, but when it happened it was hell. Spiral fracture, right ring finger. Waking up from general and the drive home was a special horror for my wife, with me screaming the whole time. My anaesth. did a good job on the ATR, no aftereffects at all.
My fracture was slow fall during mtn bike ride, swore I would do no more technical riding. Of course three years later, I ride 5x the difficulty then I did back then.
My old job used a lot of IM, worst problem was feelng dumb because I couldn’t text quickly! This is a whole ‘nother story here..
I did my finger last year also - had surgery on it (screw and a pin) and was casted for 6 weeks. I thought that was horrible and the hand therapy afterwards was torture. Now that I am experiencing this, that was a walk in the park.
Thanks for the replys. Reading over the blog has helped a lot in what to expect, in many ways the realism here makes it tougher! I broke a finger mtn biking a few years back, and I thought it was so bad, but nothing to compare to this immobilization!
Welcome..between the softball players, tennis players, and basketball players, this site will never shut down. Dennis should start looking for advertisers and make some money..lol..
I feel for you during that flight from San Jose back to NJ. I was just in San Jose for work in April and thought the flghts were torture (flew from Newark to Dallas to San Jose)! I can’t imagine the flight with a ruptured achilles and trying to get around the airports.
Good luck with your ATR. It gets much easier after a few days. The hardest for me was not being able to be independent and it drove me nuts. Now I am getting there…if you want something really bad, you will find a way to get it. Good Luck!
We’re all sad to have you join us. I too, have a couple of friends who have gone through this process recently, and their advice and feedback has been invaluable. Use your friends and this site to help get through this long process.