Itís been 3 weeks since I had my wrist operated on. It has been an on going problem since I first had it operated on 2 years ago. The problem is that I broke a small bone just above my thumb called the scaphoid and unfortunately there is a shortage of blood supply in that specific part of your body which makes it difficult for the bone to heal.
I had it operated on again for the second time at the end of last season and they took a piece of bone from my hip and put it into the fracture, held all together by a new screw.
I had my foot operated on at the same time which I had badly broken the weekend before in America racing the MX of nations.
After four months of rest and rehab I began riding which would have only been three months if it was just my wrist. Once I started riding my foot felt ok but my wrist just did not feel right. The physio thought it was because it was still very stiff so we worked hard on loosening it up and it seemed to get a lot better. Once I got back to Europe it started bothering me more and more. I just thought its cold and thatís the problem. It still did not feel good as time went on but I just kept making excuses, like: I am just not used to the sand or I am just not used to riding so much etc.
Dr. Claes suggested I have a check up on my foot so I went but when I got there he had also booked a scan for my wrist and thatís when they saw that the fracture had not healed properly.
My wrist hurt after I rode but it was not too bad while riding so we decided to try race a few internationals and monitor its progress. Unfortunately it got worse so we decided we would take the screw out because the Doc felt that with the fracture not healed, the screw was just making it worse. Once the screw was out the bone started to get a small infection so we cancelled everything and had it fixed. This time they took bone from further up in my arm with some blood vessels to give it extra blood supply and all this is held together by 4 pins.
The operation went very well and they put me in cast from my wrist all the way above my elbow to prevent me from rotating my arm and I keep it on for 6 weeks until my pins come out.
The last three weeks I have been going in a hyperbaric chamber (oxygen chamber) which was designed to help divers who have the Benz but they have started to use it to treat all kinds of problems. The idea is you get a lot more oxygen which helps the body heal quicker and stronger and they feel it can really help me. I have also been drinking horse milk which sounds very strange but it is supposed to be very high in calcium and good for fractures. I am willing to try anything at this stage.
Well thatís it so far. I will keep you guys up dated.
Keep giving it horns