Thursday, August 28, 2008


I broke my arm a couple of days ago, specifically, the radial head bone in my elbow. I was riding my bike at top speed down a steep hill down to the gym for a workout. I had not put on my sunglasses and when a very large unidentified bug took aim at me and flew in my right eye at great speed, I lost control, veered off the road, pulled back on to the hard cement road (sometimes instincts are idiotic) and came to a shuttering halt. As they say, luckily the ground broke my fall. When 94 kgs at 30 mph hits a cement road, it’s not a pretty sight. In mid-air I instinctively shifted my body to the left to take the fall on my left shoulder and forearm rather than spattering my nose, teeth and head all over the concrete, but that’s where my luck ran out. I’m currently in plaster for at least four weeks and not in the best of spirits. I did, however, complete my workout on the elliptical trainer!

The following day, Dr. David Helfet, a rugby loving South African and Head of Orthopedic Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery, took the cast off, gave me a loose sling and a bunch of (very painful) rehab exercises. Thanks to him, life is rosier. Freedom. Three weeks of work...use not abuse. And with trips to Peru, Miami, Mexico and the UK all imminent, I need to get some fast practice in one-handed shaving, one-handed dressing and one-handed baggage carrying. But it’s about mobility and movement, not stabilize and immobilize. A metaphor for our times perhaps.


Pi said...

Aaaaa a good South African Doctor. No wonder he gave you some painful rehab to do. Probably not necessarily that soar but he knows you are on that level that you can take it. Talking of pain, I am sure the good Doc is feeling it as much as us back home as the Aussies hammer us after a lesson by the Kiwis. Look I know you also have politics to deal with but you have to just shake your head when you look at what we have it charge. Shocker to say the least and it hurts so badly.


Good luck with your arm.

elle smith fagan said...

Redcrosslady here, happy you are mending well, and your "lovemarks" focus might enjoy the thing I do to help with "ArtWithHeart" for the Storm victims here in USA right now. Ticking away at my mac, I raised a thousand dollars, for our Hurricane Katrina response, using my art to raise cash, and in such a way that it was safe fun and no 501C for me to I am doing it again. homepage shares it, and hope this note does not violate your rules. Think of your pain and inconvenience multiplied by thousands, without your resources to help them.
...on second thought, don't think of may not be up to it yet.

Feel better
your fan

Kempton said...

As it has been over a week ago, I hope you are feeling better and well on the path of recovery.

Get well soon.

Piotr Jakubowski said...

Wish you a speedy recovery, Kevin!

Kevin Roberts said...

Thanks for the well-wishing, all. A bum arm won’t slow me down, well maybe only a little bit.