Sometimes life comes at you fast! That’s what happened to me on July 5th when I fell down the steps at our cabin, strained my hand and wrist, dislocated my elbow and broke part of the crown on my radial bone. At least it was my left arm and not my right arm which I broke roller-blading 10 years ago. (Please no blog posts about how graceful I am!) Once the damage is done, it’s all about deciding how to deal with it. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

1)  Get expert advice – You don’t know what you don’t know! The first time I broke an arm I didn’t have insurance. I was sure in my own mind that it was just injured and not broken so I didn’t go to the emergency room or get an x-ray. I treated it like a sports injury using rest, ice, compression and elevation. I was really lucky that it healed well and I regained 95% of my range of motion. This time I was off to the urgent care (NextCare Urgent Care is great!) for x-rays which I brought home on a CD along with drugs for the pain and a referral to an orthopedist.

2)  Follow their directions – Off I went to the orthopedist on Day 3. The sling, wrist brace and Ace bandage that I walked into his office with were doing their job to make me as comfortable as possible but that was not ortho doc’s goal. When he told me to do bicep curls with a soup can I thought he was smoking something weird. To my mind the order should be heal first, then rehabilitate. Restoring range of motion was his priority, hence no cast, Ace bandage or sling.

3)  Use your head – Prior experience with like situations can transfer to the current situation. If I’ve used Traumeel gel for other sports bruises, it will probably work for the bruises that were forming. It did and today on Day 16 you won’t see a single bruise on my arm. If magnets worked to block the pain on my last broken arm, they will work on this one. One is on my arm right now allowing me to type pain-free without taking drugs.

4)  My body may not bounce but my attitude can – Being flexible and strong will help but having a positive attitude and an expectation of good results may be the most important thing.

5)  Give things time to progress – Nothing will speed the healing of a broken bone; it is going to take 6 to 8 weeks. No matter how eager I am for this to be over, this is a period of going slower, limiting activities, asking for help and (much to the delight of my cats) taking lots of naps.

You can apply these same concepts to your business and come out ahead for doing it. It’s a decision that only you can make for yourself. Times change and we get to decide whether we will change with them and try something new or stick with the old way. There are so many new ways to reaching our prospects and operating our businesses that didn’t exist 10 years ago. One of the benefits of being a small business is that you can decide to change and implement it fast. You can bounce if you decide to!

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