Thanks to everyone for your well wishes and prayers. All of your emails have been wonderful. I feel very loved and believe that I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life. Since I'm right handed, which is the side I broke, I have to type with my left hand, which is tiring and difficult. I figured this was the easiest way to update everyone.
I was finally able to get a shower and wash my hair today for the first time since I broke my wrist - mostly with Kenny's help. I'm still on pain medication, but I have taken less today than yesterday. This is my 1st broken bone, and it is extremely painful. I have been pretty sick from the anesthesia and painkillers (they gave me morphine in the hospital, and now I'm taking Ultram), so I haven't been eating much - crackers, mostly. I do a tremendous amount of sleeping.
I don't have a full cast, but a splint and Ace bandage instead. I didn't break the skin when I broke my wrist, but the orthopaedic surgeon had to make an incision to reattach the broken bone with a plate and 9 screws. So, I'll have to get the stitches out in 2 weeks. If it doesn't heal up well in 6 weeks, then the doc will cast it for a little longer. I wasn't thrilled about spending the night in the hospital (1st night ever), but the NW Medical Center in Oro Valley was like a hotel, with a beautiful view of the Catalina Mountains, so it wasn't too bad. Good food, too.
At first, I understood that there would be no exercise for two weeks, and then I thought I could go back to running (although I knew trail running would be out until I was fully healed to minimize the risk of falling). However, I sure was disappointed to learn that any running could jeopardize my healing (my balance could still be thrown off and to risk any falling, even on a road, would not be good). To keep up my fitness level, I can walk, do weight machine exercises with my legs, and I can ride a stationary bike.
I have come to accept this as I know a lot of people right now suffering with injuries and such, and I feel pretty lucky that it isn't any worse.
I'll use this time to spend with my husband and maybe just go to some races to support other runners (even though I won't be pacing Troy at JJ100, I think I'll still be there to cheer him on).
And yes, when I can return to running, I will also return to trail running. Some people might think that is crazy, but it is my passion. I also think that the accident was just a fluke - a freak accident. Actually, I learned that wrist fractures are the most common fracture.
Well, that's all for now. When I'm able to do a little more, I'll post pictures of the Gap run (typing is one thing, cropping and dragging and dropping pictures is hard with a non-dominant hand). It was fun. It is always fun and games until someone pokes an eye out! (or breaks a bone!)