Last Friday, I broke my left hand playing basketball at the Greenwood Athletic Club. The doctor tells me that I will be in my cast for 4 weeks.
That’s the bad news.
The good news, however, is that I won all three games I played that day, made every shot but one, and drilled the game winner in the finale to dispatch the super team of “Big Mike”, Chris “the animal” Eide, Shawn “the lunging lefty”, and Dan, aka “the Commissioner”.
When I went home from the gym on Friday, I knew my hand was probably broken. But since it was the weekend, I decided to wait and see if the swelling and pain would subside.
Amazingly, the discomfort did go away late Sunday afternoon! Right after halftime, when I found out Tim Tebow was going in for Kyle Orton to play quarterback for the Denver Broncos. For the next hour and a half I was pain free while #15 rallied the cause.
Interestingly, the last time I broke my hand was in high school playing basketball. My brother Jeff was covering me and intentionally kicked me to prevent me from shooting a jump shot. That hit cracked a bone in my right (shooting) hand and put me out for a month.
Right now, I’m in the process of learning what I can or cannot do with a cast on my left hand.
I CAN use the keyboard on my computer! That’s good.
However, opening a jar of pickles was problematic. I gripped the jar with my right hand but didn’t have the grip or strength to twist with my left. Luckily, my daughter Grace came to the rescue.
I can get my clothes on and off—but putting on a dress shirt, coat a tie will be a huge challenge. I wonder if my partner Scott Hastings is OK with shorts and a tee shirt for out next Altitude appearance?
Well, as you may have guessed by now, I’m not really on the disabled list.
I will continue to call football play by play for the Big Sky Conference, appear on the Summit All Sports Edition, and be ready to broadcast Colorado Rapids playoff soccer and Big Sky Conference basketball.
Bottom line: I will play hurt for the good of the Altitude team.
And in four weeks the cast will come off. Hopefully then, I will be able to “cast off”-- my jumper-- once again.