Back from the MBA Rugby World Championships, somewhat the worse for wear.
As you might recall, there was no blog entry last week since I was across on the other side of the country representing SMU Cox at the MBA Rugby World Championships. It was an insane weekend, especially since we sent probably our smallest squad ever, a mere 18 players, and we finished the tournament with even less through injuries. Despite this, we came in 10th overall, matching our performance from last year.
Unfortunately, along the way I broke my collarbone. During one of our games, I went into what should have been a regulation tackle, and had a ruck collapse on me. I took the weight of it through my shoulder, and snapped the left collarbone. I had taken some heavy hits already that weekend and gotten up from them, but when I went to get up from this one my left shoulder wouldn’t comply. And so it was off on a stretcher for a trip to the local ER.
Amazingly, for a guy my size who plays rugby, rides around on a bicycle in Texas traffic, and (mis)spent much of his youth riding skateboards downhill, this is one of the worst injuries I have ever had, and the first time I have broken anything. Unfortunately, there’s little that can be done for it, and surgery is a last resort option. So it’s just a case of wearing a sling for the next few weeks until it has healed. This may actually mean graduating with a sling on.
It’s not nearly as painful as expected, but it is a big inconvenience. The workload of the final part of the MA/MBA is tough to begin with, and everything was already planned out in terms of getting work done to meet deadlines. It will take some serious rearrangement and adaptation to get through things now. I am already grateful for those friends who have helped in making life easier, like driving me to the supermarket, or even just opening a door or a bottle of water for me.
Having the use of only one arm it tricky; it’s amazing what tasks you take for granted when you have two arms:
Anyways, it’s time to get back to working on projects, typing as fast as I can to try and keep up with deadlines. I’m not going to let this get in the way of me graduating.
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