It's now been 4 weeks since Mongolia. I've ridden less than I ever have in a month in my adult life. Commuted that first week, 1h ride on weekend ended in a broken arm. Not only have I ridden less than ever, I've been sedentary more than ever. I've walked to work more now, arm was sore even walking for the first while.
This week had two updates - a specialist appointment on the arm - essentially saying don't do surgery. If it was the ulna on the outside of the elbow with the thin skin covering it, he said they'd slap a few screws in there lickety split. The radius on the inside, and its angle of break. is right under all the veins/muscles/nerves/tendons of the inner forearm. Said that surgery would irritate the elbow so much that mobility would go from current "good" to "virtually nothing" again and start with a few degrees of movement and rehab. Plus it wouldn't be straightforward near zero risk stuff with everything that's in the way. So I'm just waiting and healing. I go back for xrays early November and presumably they'll just say "looks fine, off you go".
Hip had more fluid drained again. It's not a bad little routine, say 15 minutes, a freezing shot, 4-5 needles of recovery of fluid, then steroid and anti inflammatory injection. The big needle going in leaves that little section of skin looking pretty pincushioned after it all.
I feel good though and have most mobility back. I can almost straighten arm and almost bend it closed. Enough already for practical movement. The rotation of the hand is pretty good too, just a little shy of back to normal.
Strength is zilch. My right wrist feels like two bones wrapped in skin. I don't have the biggest forearms to start with (typing and moving a mouse isn't resistance training), but there's really nothing there. My tricep hasn't done anything in a month and has withered away. My arm is scrawny, the elbow looks like the widest point, where usually it looks like a thinner point with some degree of muscle around it.