Nov 022012
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Back in September 2, 2012, I was just getting off a public utility vehicle just on the way to work, and despite almost 17 years of public commuting, I somehow got off the public utility vehicle as it was speeding up, landed off-balance and used my right hand as support, and got an abrasion on the palm (I’m not blaming the driver for speeding up just after I told him I was going to get off).

Here in our 3rd world country the exists of public utility vehicles are at the back, therefore, the driver, after having inattentional blindness must have not noticed me getting ready to get off and accelerated the vehicle.

As I got off, the inertia of the sudden acceleration just as I jumped off was enough to make me sit on the road and skid a bit with my right palm supporting my weight.

The next time this happens to me, I’ll remember to just roll on the ground instead, since this particular incident left me with a dirty bloody deep abrasion on my right palm, not to mention some minor bruises and hematomas.

hand injury that kept me from working out

The picture was taken at the hospital after I cleaned up the wound just before and x-ray.

The funny thing was upon falling, I was not concerned of not being able to go to work right after, but how much this would hamper my goals to getting a better physique.

The palm of the hand is a vital component in many pushing and pulling exercises. And the moment the doctor told me not to exercise for a month, I was devastated.

However, Bruce Lee (the person I look up to most of the time), had got an injury once that kept him from training. It was from doing good mornings without proper warm up, according to wiki.

What he did was stay at the positive and keep on aiming for what he wanted. Eventually he came back better than before, even though the doctors told him he might not even be able to walk again let alone kick.

Somewhat same as what I did shortly.

After cleaning up the wound, getting my tetanus shots, receiving medication, in a span of 2 days, I decided to still go to the gym to train my core and legs, and during my spare time researched the food and vitamins needed to heal my wound faster.

How I hastened the healing of my abrasion on the palm

For my abrasion on the palm, I took 500mg of Vitamin C and a bit of Vitamin E everyday to aid the healing process. Also, I ate more more protein-rich food, fruits and vegetables for the duration of the healing time.

Although deep abrasions usually heal in around a month completely, I managed to heal mine  in just around 2 weeks. As contrary to what the doctor said, I experimented with both closing the wound with a bandage and keeping it exposed to air.

I realized exposing the wound to open air just made it dry faster, but did not help the healing process faster. I decided to just cover the wound after applying the prescribed ointment on it, and also since I was taking antibiotics and taking good care not to get an infection, I could afford to just close it.

Keeping the whole thing moist, but free from infections, did the trick. I was able to workout my upper body 2 weeks after the injury had happened. And since I believed I had much catching up to do, I worked even harder, producing even better results than before.

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit. ” – Napoleon Hill (Author) This+1Share via emailSubmit to redditSubmit to StumbleUponShare on TumblrShare on Twitter



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