Irritated with the combo bench I was using, I decided to move. I decided to move the bar while
|The Might Hump - grown under the Yoke|
All nearby members rushed to my aid; I cant remember now who did what, but I think Ando and Taylor removed the bar while another fella I haven't officially met yet (and possibly Troy?) grabbed an ice pack and something to keep my foot elevated. Again, just going from memory, but I think Yianni's most significant contribution was laughter and commentary with the recurrent theme "you won't do that again, huh?." *
After several minutes of elevation and ice on the ankle I decided to try standing. It was then that I noticed the top digit of my right ring finger was permanently curled over. I couldn't stretch it out, and the meat in the digit felt... odd. I assumed I'd lost a tendon.
|Images from my shoulder surgery, early 2013|
Four or five hours later, I left Midland health complex with my fat foot in a moon boot, my finger splinted and a shiny new crutch under each arm. The x-ray showed two fractures in the foot - one on either side of the ankle. A doctor told me the previous night and first half of that day I'd spent attempting to walk on it was the very opposite of a good idea.
|Best to remember your deadlift socks, peeps.|
But my ankle is a deal more serious. I need that strong, so keeping my 130-odd kilograms off of it as much as possible is the game plan for the immediate future. This unfortunately also means I won't be able to go to the Iron Maiden concert when they land in Perth in just two weeks.
Such a stupid mistake. But this wasn't something minor, like forgetting your deadlift socks or towel. This wasn't one of those many, many injuries that you could call 'par for the course' when it comes to being a strength athlete. This was a majorly stupid incident. All coz I didn’t want to spend the extra twenty seconds required to unload the fucking bar first. Now I'll be lucky if I can restart my restart of the restart to my training I started this year, in less than two months from now. The one upside I can note is that the niggling issue I've been having with my right quad is bound to sort itself out in the time I am forced to keep off of it. So, yay...
|The swelling got, like, three times this big.|
*apologies to Yianni if I'm wrong about this.