I realize it has been a while since my last post from Stecoah. I have not had any trips since then, mostly due to a work injury which has kept me from riding. But not for the reasons you might think. Keep reading past the break for the full story.
On November 8, I had gone down to take a look at a dashboard TV (55″ TV mounted to a pole, mounted in the ceiling) and see why it was not maintaining a connection to the computer. It was far enough against the wall, than I could not see behind it easily. I turned the TV on the mount slightly to the left, and the whole thing came out of the ceiling; TV and mount. My reaction was automatic; I raised my hands to catch it. When I did, I guess my finger was bent and the TV and mount (some 40-50 pounds) fell on that closed finger. OH, and this happened in our HR call center. 6 different people including a manger saw the event. I wasn’t even back at my desk before I had a voicemail and the worker’s comp paperwork in my email – mostly filled out.
Fast forward a couple days, and the finger was still hurt, and swollen, so I headed into the doctor’s office, worker’s comp claim number in hand. Long story short, I had a spiral fracture of the finger bone closes to the palm. OUCH! I was put on limited duty; no heavy lifting over 10# or forceful gripping of the left hand. This was on November 10.
Now, this also meant, no motorcycle riding. If I were to fall or get in an accident on the bike, with the restrictions of the doctor, then I would have to pay for all of the medical treatments myself, as well as any other expenses that came up related to the worker’s comp case. I love riding, but this was just not worth it.
So here we are today, January 11, and I have my next (and hopefully last) doctor’s appointment. I am expecting to be released to full duty and no restrictions. And, I will finally be getting rid of the splint! The damn splint does nothing but get in the way of everything. I understand it is needed to help the bone heal properly and so I can have a normal working finger at the end of this but, man, is it ever cumbersome.
So, after today, I am hoping that only the weather (snow and ice) keep me from riding. I am itching to take a weekend trip somewhere.