Usually when I hear those words, I think of something positive like a Hollywood star being discovered and cast in a major motion picture allowing his/her career to take off. Or maybe an author signing a big book deal or landing on the best seller list.
Unfortunately, in my case those words had a different connotation as can be seen in the picture below:
Trying to break my fall during the first inning of Monday night softball, July 29th, I could hear the snap and knew that “my big break” was referring to my arm. The radius was broken and the ulna was dislocated at the wrist which is where the pain was and where I thought the fracture would be. Turns out the break didn’t hurt at all.
After surgery on Wednesday, I took pain pills for a couple days but within just over 48 hours was done with that. I drove myself to get an oil change on Saturday and have been going since with a plate and screws in the bone and a cast.
The biggest problem is not being able to work as almost everything I do requires use of both hands. I am getting half pay with short term disability, but I would rather be working. Actually, a bigger problem (for me) is having this time off and not being allowed to golf. The doctor suggested 3 months because of the rotation and ligament damage at the wrist, but everything was healing well at the two week follow-up.
Bottom line is that softball and golf are done for 2013 unless the weather is really nice in November.
Check Your Disability Coverage
If anything good can come of this, it is comforting to know that I have a good long term disability policy through work as well as some personal insurance that after 3 months and 6 months would end up covering essentially my entire salary through age 65, meaning I could make it until retirement. I have rental property that would be paid off by then which could actually then fund my retirement.
Even though this month is a bit tough, it is nice to know that our family would survive and not have to adjust lifestyle that much. And there is a one armed golfer’s association so I could find something to do with my free time since blogging with a cast isn’t the easiest to do (although I am getting much better).
It has been forever since I posted these links so I need to do it now:
I am wondering if blogging has been hurting my scale. Since I started a year ago, I have put on about 10 pounds compared to where I was a year ago. I have been aggressively trying to get my blogs off the ground, write posts, and build traffic. But to do this with a full-time job and six kids makes finding time difficult.
My solution has been to get up in the morning and work for about an hour, sacrificing some sleep. But I am wondering if that lack of sleep has me eating a little more to stay awake at night or if the overall level of stress is heightened which raises cortisol levels and adds to my weight.
So this week I have been getting up in the mornings but instead of writing, I have been walking. I also went to sleep a bit earlier on several nights and have gotten a decent amount of sleep while still working. I can honestly say that I feel pretty good. Unfortunately, writing has taken a hit. My wife wasn’t feeling well this morning, so I let her skip it and wrote this instead.
I still can’t quite get myself to write in the evenings. After 12 hours being at work, I am a mental midget and not very productive. I will have to figure out a good system that allows me to write and walk and sleep. I am thinking of coming out with a petition to create 30 hour days. An extra six hours each day should help me get more things done.
I will be thinking this weekend about what I can do to better schedule my time to include writing, walking, sleep, and more fun/less stress into my life. I will let you know if I come up with anything brilliant.
In the meantime, here are some carnivals in which my blogs participated:
- Why Lack of Sleep Causes Cravings for Junk Foods (washingtonian.com)
- Lack of sleep may cause obesity by affecting brain’s ability to choose healthy food (sleepwellleadwell.com)