The human being is a complex mix of passions, lifestyle and adaptations to make the most of that concept we call life. What’s a good life? Some may define a good life as the possibility of doing every day what brings joy and passion, but these two feelings come from a broad range of daily life activities. In my perspective a good life is that one in which you have autonomy and independence to do whatever keeps your intellect and physical shape the longest you can. What I mean is that a climber would be happy climbing until he reaches an advanced age as a mountain biker would love to keep hunting trails until he/she has grandchildren. Advanced age is not enough reason to stop hunting for those activities and hobbies that bring joy to our souls.
I am a 26 y/o recent graduate from medical school who loves weight lifting, running, mountain biking and motorcycles. I applied to the main residency MATCH and while I waited for the MATCH I went back to Colombia my home country to spend some time with my family before starting this new journey of the residency training in the US. It was a nice Saturday Monday, my first weekend back at home when I took my favorite toy, a 1200 cc BMW motorcycle for a ride. I didn’t know that my life would change that day and all my dreams would be confronted with not pursuing them anymore the way I wanted. That day I got into a pretty bad bike crash where I got eight fractured bones on my right foot, the residency start day was coming closer, the mountain bike seemed to go away from my life as running and weight lifting did. I called immediately my best friend that is an orthopedic surgery resident and he referred me to the best foot and ankle surgeon; one week later I was going into the OR, my perspective about how life was going to be from then was uncertain. I imagined myself as Dr. House limping with a cane for the rest of my life. Fortunately, my accident took place in an era of advanced medicine with Orthopedic surgery reaching what some years ago seemed fiction. Advanced surgical techniques, Imaging studies and the best osteo-synthesis material made possible the best outcome, such that after losing the capacity of walking you can be running and even forget completely about that tragic event that took away your mobility.
After the surgery the recovery was slow, but once I checked the post operatory x-rays and observed the perfect reconstruction of my foot I started regaining my hope. Week after week the edema and mobility was getting better and soon I was starting to walk again, not even needing a cane. Now I am starting to bike again and about to go back to everyday life activities that make my life great and full of joy.
My treatment and recovery
The recovery was slow, I was very stressed and frustrated not knowing if I would grab my mountain bike again, run or even ride a motorcycle again. My surgeon encouraged me to be patient and positive with the therapy and week after week I recovered the abilty to walk and now I am riding my bike again starting with easy trails. It is impressive how you even forget about those feelings of disability you once feared.