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I went for a run last night.

When the pins were removed* on April 3, the (not my regular) doctor told me I shouldn't run until May, maybe longer.  I was given a new splint, told to keep my three little fingers buddy taped, and generally that I was still injured.  Yesterday at the checkup with my usual ortho doc, I was told no more brace or tape and to use my hand as much as possible as long as it didn't hurt.  And of course I could start running again.

Getting ready to run was odd, after seven weeks some things had been put all-the-way away instead of being in their usual spots.  I got to lace up my brand new running shoes for the first time** and went out.  I ran around the park, less than 2 mi, with a huge smile on my face the entire way.  I was slow, and today I'm a little sore which seems silly given how little distance it was.

My hand isn't quite a hand again yet.  It's still swollen (! after seven weeks) at the bottom knuckles and along the pinkie side of my hand.  I can't make a fist, or hold my hand in a straight line on its own.  I have some basic exercises to start with, and go to a PT appointment next week.  The elbow does have full motion back which is great, though it is still a little stiff and sore.

But I went for a run.

*So the answer to how do the pins get removed is with a pair of pliers; he just gripped the end of each pin and pulled.  The shorter one I barely felt at all, it was just a touch of pressure, the longer one took two pulls and it hurt a little more.  He put a band-aid over the holes, and that was it.
**I bought new running shoes mid-February but was waiting until after the trip to WI to trade out the insoles from my current pair.  I don't remember why I decided not to put on the new shoes the night I fell (the day after WI) but I'm rather grateful I can restart running with new shoes.  It feels like a clean slate.

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so glad you are back to doing things you love!!

that sounds gross pulling the pins out.. but it makes sense too!

I still have the pins, not sure what I'll do with them. It just seemed too easy to take out something that had been holding my bones in place.

And thanks, running again has been awesome.

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