Mar 11

When it rains, it pours

It’s Foodie Friday! This week’s theme = Heirloom Recipes!

…Sadly, I have nothing new for you this week (you can look at past Chinese recipes?) because life threw a wrench into my plans. Make sure you check out my cohosts’ blogs (Annmarie @ Fit Foodie Mama, Esther @ Chocolate Runner Girl + Jess @ Hello To Fit) though!

If you follow me on instagram, you probably already know that the wrench of which we speak = …my fractured hand.


I went to Brazilian jiu-jitsu over the weekend and things were going rather swimmingly until soon after we started drilling mount escapes. I was following my usual escape plan when suddenly, all of us heard an exceedingly loud cracking sound.

I didn’t actually feel any pain at that point, so I told my drill partner I was fine and we resumed. My claim to fame in BJJ is hanging on like a barnacle by death grip and I barely have any offensive tactics to speak of, but every here and again, I’ll surprise us all. (I actually got her to tap out with a rear naked choke despite my apparently-broken hand! :O )

R arm splint

Hello, splint

Shortly thereafter, I found that it was really swollen and excruciatingly painful to make a fist. Rhalan sprayed some biofreeze on it and I kept it iced and elevated til evening, when I realized that it was turning a blackish purple. I’d originally planned on just getting it seen when I started my new rotation on Monday, but clearly, that wasn’t a good idea.

I found an urgent care that took my insurance and the doctor palpated each of my bones and tested my grip strength, which was fairly nonexistent in my 4th + 5th fingers–off to radiology I went. :[

Imaging confirmed my suspicions of a boxer’s fracture.


I started a new rotation on Monday, so I drove the 3 hours over, picked up my housing packet from the hospital, headed to the apartment complex…and couldn’t find my housing papers anywhere. I figured trying every door in the complex at night was a great way to get shot, so I instead opted to sleep in my car for the night.

Monday went pretty smoothly until evening, where I had an hour-long conversation with my mom composed entirely of lies. (She kept asking about my housing and my roommate and I was not about to tell her that I’d spent the night sleeping in the back seat of my car under a street light, and thus, had yet to set foot in my apartment or meet my roommate.) I also discovered that my new housing packet didn’t have the carport number. The lady said she’d get it to me in the morning.

When I got up the next morning to go to clinic, my car was gone.

…Towed, as a matter of fact.

Oh, life.

I went to ortho on Wednesday and was told that I had a benign bone tumor (enchondroma) in the area of the fracture that caused cartilage to grow instead of bone, which explains why I managed to snap the bone all the way through. If it doesn’t decide to fill in with bone during the healing process, my chances of re-fracturing it are pretty high, so let’s hope bone decides to grow.

Projected recovery time is 10-12 weeks and I’ll be in a cast for the next 4 weeks.

Black & blue - the color of a bruise!

Black & blue – the color of a bruise!

My mantra this week has been, “It can only go up from here.

Not gonna lie, I’m pretty bummed because I actually have access to a gym again and was going to go back to lifting weights. And let’s not forget about the would-be clinic procedures! (Pretty sure I won’t be able to do a one-handed pap smear on anyone, but I wonder if there are any other procedures I can still do?) BJJ? Pole? Piano?

I’m trying to keep a positive outlook though:

  • At least the bone tumor’s benign!
  • I’m spending this weekend with some of my favorite people in the world in one of my favorite places ever! <3
  • I can better relate to my patients if I come across any who’ve broken their bones.
  • Maybe I’ll be ambidextrous by the end of this!
  • At least I won? (I’d like to think that few[er] people can say that they still managed to choke someone out despite breaking their hand moments before?)

Plus, if next week brings me good news (Match Day is in a week!!), I will be a-okay with this week. My patients have been asking what the hecks happened to me and/or asking if I got into a fight. :p

End-of-Week-ish Recap!

  • I’m sorry I’ve been behind on replying to everyone.  Since I broke my dominant hand, it’s been taking some getting used to. :/
  • Have you ever noticed that bad times seem to come in threes? My preceptor said she’d burn some sage and douse me in holy water to counteract all the bad luck I’ve been having!
  • If you have any tips on how to function more efficiently with one hand, please let me know! I’ve gotten as far as figuring out alternative methods for flossing, putting on boobs (bra), eating, and writing illegibly/with a 5-year-old’s scrawl).

Join us next week for Regional Foods! (I’m hoping to be back in the game by then–next week = Match Day!)

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  1. Susie @ SuzLyfe

    Zomg. What a week! You poor thing! Let’s hope you have that out of your system now. Healing vibes, and best of luck! Ppssssstttt ONE WEEK
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    1. Farrah

      haha, it’s definitely been memorable! I feel so bad for the residency coordinator! She stopped by at didactics yesterday to make sure I was still alive, and said she’d been worrying all week about me. :[!

  2. Kimberly G

    So sorry for the awful week that you had 🙁 But you are right, things can only get better from here.

    1. Farrah

      It’s definitely been a rough one, but it can only go up from here! :]!

  3. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    NOOO! Sending you love and healing wishes my friend 🙁 xoxo
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much, Rebecca! I hope it heals up soon! *-*

  4. Trish

    I am so sorry to read this news! Sending many healing thoughts — and hope you have a restful weekend. You deserve it!

    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much, Trish! <3 This weekend shall be glorious! :]!!

  5. Kaylin@EnticingHealthyEating

    Oh jeez, I’m so sorry for your latest setbacks, Farrah. 🙁 I do hope your hand heals quickly!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Kaylin! The beginning of this week was almost comical, haha. I almost started laughing hysterically when my car vanished. x_x But all good! It can only get better from here!!

  6. Sana

    Get better soon!! It can only get better from now onward.

    1. Farrah

      Agreed! I’d been having so much good luck lately–this helps to even things out? 😛 Hopefully it’s even now!!

  7. masala girl

    oh dear farrah, that’s about as bad as it can get! 🙁 i hope you get your car back and you’re housing situation is good!! and.. like you said… maybe you can learn some new things by having to only use your left hand? hah. well, good luck on your new rotation!!

    1. Farrah

      haha, right!? It’s all better now though! I got my car back, my roommate is super nice, and the people here are all very understanding! I’m apparently also getting better at eating and doing a bunch of things with my left hand, so hooray for that! 😀

  8. Jill

    Ahhh! I’m so so sorry about your broken hand and everything that went wrong this week! I’ll be sending good vibes for only good things from now on!!

    1. Farrah

      Things have gotten exponentially better since the start of the weekend! Thank you so much! Hope you’re having a great week!

  9. Esther

    Girl, I am SO SO Sorry about all the yuck going on for you! I broke my hand in softball in college…HUGE pain for sure, and I totally feel your pain 🙁
    Praying things start looking up and that your bone grows properly!
    Wish I could come and help you out. Amazing how much we use our hands for that we don’t think about until one is not available!

    1. Farrah

      It’s definitely been a struggle bus time for me, but things are getting a whole lot better! I really appreciate your kind thoughts! <3 I definitely never realize how much I used my hands until this happened… I guess it teaches me to cherish everything more! 😮

  10. Erica @ Erica Finds

    Wow! What a week! Onwards and upwards from here! (PS. I guess your mom does not read your blog?!)

    1. Farrah

      Hehehe, she’s graduated to knowing I have a blog, but she doesn’t know what blogs are and doesn’t know of my actual blog! 😮

  11. Courtney

    Oh no, I’m sorry it’s been such a rough one! Here’s to a speedy recovery!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much! Things have definitely gotten a whole ton better! <3

  12. Rosey Rebecca

    Oh my! So sorry you’ve had such a tough week and that you hurt your hand! I love how you managed to find the positives in your week anyway. Glad the tumor is benign too. I hope your recovery goes by super fast! Hugs!
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    1. Farrah

      Thank you! I really hope it heals quickly too! Things have definitely gotten a lot better since the start of the weekend though! :D!!!

  13. Jess @hellotofit

    One day at a time, right?! I’m sorry you are going through this, my friend!!
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    1. Farrah

      Yes indeed! I might as well look for the good and the situation, since I have to deal with it either way!

  14. Sonali- The Foodie Physician

    Ouch, ouch and ouch! What a rough week all around- sorry hon! Way to keep a positive outlook though- super impressive that you won the match! Wishing you a quick and painless recovery <3
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    1. Farrah

      I matched!!! I’ll find out where on Friday, but super super happy!

      1. Sonali- The Foodie Physician

        Woohoo!!!!! YAY- so happy for you! I can’t wait to find out where!!!
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        1. Farrah

          Me too! Just four more days!!

  15. Montana @ Pretty Lil Mudder

    Oh Farrah I ‘m so sorry! I can’t imagine how hard it must be to function with only one hand- especially if it’s your dominant one! I write right handed, so that would be a super huge issue for me as my left hand writing looks like a kindergartner did it! I really hope it heals quickly and you’re back doing all the things you love!

    And yes, I do notice that bad things tend to come in threes. When life gets really crappy for me in the past it has always been in groups. The good thing is that, as you said, you have some good things to look forward to on the horizon and it goes up from here!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Montana! It’s been somewhat of a struggle, but I’m getting a lot better! I actually wrote semi-legibly today, and can use a fork and type pretty quickly, So there may be hope for me after all! There’s definitely been a lot of good too though, so I’ll just keep on trucking! <3!!

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