In 2008 I was injured doing a job I actually wrote the
safety procedures for. I tried moving a diversion divider that weighed a couple
of hundred pounds in an awkward position with my right hand. Right away I knew
something was wrong. I thought I sprained my wrist so I wrote and accident
report and turned it in. Weeks later while still working it wasn’t healing so I
asked to have an X-Ray and was sent to the Company Workers Compensation doctor.
He then gave me a light duty slip to take back to work. I told him, “We don’t
have light duty. I can still do my job with this.” He let me know he wasn’t
going to change my status. After much time and visits to specialists in the
valley, I was approved to have surgery to repair cartilage, tendons and
ligaments that were torn. The surgery was done by Dr. Ferraro of Shasta
Orthopedic in June of 2009. After my cast was removed I asked when I could
start playing softball and he told me whenever I could handle the pain. I
played that weekend. Ouch! I was not ready. I ended up having a second surgery
to repair or clean up more cartilage. Dr. Ferraro said I had bone rubbing bone
and would never have full range of motion in my wrist. I finished Physical
Therapy and my wrist is never going to be right. Well this last softball year
was really depressing for me as far as hitting. I can’t hit the ball very far
and it hurts to do batting practice. So last week I decided to fight back! I am
back in the gym weightlifting. I am hurting big time, but my wrist is
cooperating. I was able to bench 305lbs before the surgery, but my goal is to
lift 225lbs five times before April. I have peaked so far at 155lbs. so I have
a way to go!
The picture is me before my wrist surgery. 250lbs. I am now near 200lbs.