The popping sound I heard was quite loud and the pain was strong enough that my initial reaction was to think I actually broke the ulna bone(the outside arm bone) near the wrist. I tried to pick my club back up and the nerves in my arm near the wrist were on fire. I could not even grip the club at all with the left hand. I had actually hit the ball a bit thin and the shot flared out to the right about 40 yards right and short of the green and I missed the water. When I made it up to the ball I tried to one arm about a 40 yard chip up onto the green. I bladed the ball into an embankment in front of the green luckily and it slowed the ball down enough that it hopped up onto the green and left me with a long putt. I made two right hand only putts for a par somehow and we headed to the clubhouse at the turn.
At the turn we grabbed some ice and I began to ice the injury. My round was most definitely over. I decided to ride along in the cart so my Dad could finish his round. I had no idea what was actually wrong with my wrist but as the afternoon went on I was fairly convinced that the wrist or the arm bone was likely not broken. I had a sinking feeling that something else was very wrong and that I was not going to be playing golf for a long time.
Sleeping through that night did not go very well. Anytime I moved my arm in my sleep I would irritate the wrist and the pain would wake me up. The next day I went to an urgent care office to see if there would be an easy diagnosis. The doctor came in and said that he had no idea what injury I had exactly but that it was likely some kind of tendon problem. He also mentioned that an x-ray would probably not find the issue either. He gave me a brace to try and immobilize the wrist until I got back home and could have further tests done. The brace also helped me to be able to sleep at night as well. I did my best to enjoy the rest of that 2015 spring vacation and I looked forward to heading home to see a specialist who could try to figure out my issue.