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Reflections on Golf and Life After ECU Injury - Part 9


cipher

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March-July, 2016 - I did not know exactly what to expect when starting physical therapy.  I have been lucky enough in the past not to need it due to any other injuries or procedures.  One of the first things we tried to do was to check the range of motion.  I simply held my arm on the table and tried to rotate the wrist back and forth, palm up and palm down.  I was very surprised, as I think the PT was as well, that I only had about 10 degrees of wrist rotation available to me at first. 

I continued to do the therapy over the next couple months and the wrist very slowly began to regain the mobility that it had before the surgery.  What the Physical Therapist told me is that everyone is different when it comes to getting mobility back after having something immobilized for a while post-surgery.  Unfortunately I turned out to be one of those patients who struggles to regain the full range of motion quickly again.  It further delayed my attempts at getting back out on the course.

Around July I finally felt like I would be able to try some light swings. I had been doing the PT on my own at that point and my first range session went pretty well.  I was able to make some very light swings with an eight iron and I was pretty excited to start swinging again.  The next time that I went out I decided to try a few longer irons.  Even though I was again trying some very light and easy swings, this time with the longer irons I felt some instability in the wrist and immediately stopped swinging. There was not a lot of pain, but I decided to shut it down and wait until the spring or 2017 to start swinging again. Trying to get to a point of playing in the late season was just not worth the risk re-injuring the wrist again if it was not quite ready. 

At this point in my life, I honestly was not very bothered by the situation.  In the early part of June I attended an intensive four day leadership program down in Houston Texas which was possibly the most difficult thing I have ever done, but it changed the way I look at and approach all of life’s challenges(long story).  I was having a lot of fun playing disc golf, traveling, fishing and hunting with my family at the time.  There was and is just so much to be thankful for and golf is only one of many things I enjoy to keep myself active.  I was not about to allow the setback of not being able play golf to still to affect me negatively.  Heading into the late part of summer, I was about to have an incredible rest of the year.

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@cipher - your blog entries immediately came to mind after experiencing a potential injury yesterday. I'm hoping what's going on isn't anything severe, but I won't know for a week or so.

Perhaps it a little bit of a knee-jerk, Chicken Little reaction, but I'm thinking about what life will be like without golf.

Just as everyone else on this site, the game has taken on so much more importance in my life than is should. Those of us up North wait patiently (or not so patiently) for the four or five months the courses are closed just to get out and tee up a ball in the Spring. All the simulator, indoor and even outdoor practice in the world doesn't really cut it compared to getting on the course.

So faced with the possibility of an injury that will only get worse with each full swing,  I began thinking about all the other things I used to really enjoy before getting sucked into golf. There was fishing, hunting, searching for morels... these were things I loved doing but have since become second fiddle.

Then, there are all the chores I either neglect or hurry through just to get out on the course. I have two acres of property and a house that is always in need of upkeep. And the thing is, that used to be rewarding work.

So naturally, I thought of what you're going through and of this quote:

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At this point in my life, I honestly was not very bothered by the situation.

I'm not comparing a tweak in my arm as being anything like the injury, surgery and rehab you've been faced with, but it has given me a glimpse into what life might be like without the game. If a low single-digit player like yourself can deal with the possibility, maybe a hacker like myself can as well.

On the other hand, I am a natural lefty, so.....

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Hopefully it is not much of anything going on there and in a week or so you will continue to be able to play.  I do think that some perspective about the game is an important lesson for all of us and is also a tough lesson I have learned through this.  Ultimately it has been to my own benefit as I have been able to enjoy things I was not before due to being too focused on golf.  I will probably talk about it more in a later blog, but even if I play again it will not be to the same extent I once did. 

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