For the record, the reason I haven't been updating so often as of late is due to increasing demands on rehabilitation and family visiting.
Sports injury followers, here's where I stand
- Comminuted distal radius fracture 12/18/2007, reduced with closed reduction
- Non-union observed in the following weeks
- Reduced with a titanium plate and open reduction on 1/25/2008
- Began physical therapy on 2/13/2008
- Currently, I am at approximately 70% strength and range of motion; 100% pronation, 65% supination, 70% extension, 80% flexion, 35 kg grip (normally 55-60)
- I go to physical therapy four times/week, and acupuncture twice/week (will blog on this)
- I take supplements of calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, MSM, glucosamine, and chondroitin, and apply Vitamin E soybean oil to the scar
- I try to go to the onsen 2-3 times/week
- I do the NASA-approved wrist rehabilitation stretches three times/day (though morning and lunchtime are difficult)
My running distance is coming along slowly, naturally, but the speed and agility are coming back to me, and my metabolism has kicked back in. I want to run a marathon before I leave Japan; it's looking like Hokkaido in September.
What I should be doing now
- Putting my coworker's stapler in jello
- Writing a human interest piece on Arudou Debito
- Reading Lost Japan, by Alex Kerr
- Writing a short introduction to Koya-san for Matador Travel
- Taking RAW images of Japan for a photography project
- Writing a piece on hanami parties
- Enjoying the cherry blossoms, even in this lousy weather
- Exploring. Dreaming. Discovering. Always.
My contract in Kagoshima gives up at the beginning of June, so we will see what the future holds. I know, I know, I'm spending too much time being busy instead of just living for the moment. I've fallen prey to that monster, inhibiting all desire: complacency. Being so comfortable with my surroudings and routine of everyday living. But I can still remember... being dropped into a new environment heightens each sensation, widens the boundaries of the mind, and keeps you human. One way or the other, I'll be moving on.
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