Despite the pain and injury (from a displaced collarbone fracture), I feel very lucky (it could have been a whole lot worse) and grateful for the terrific care I’ve received. I have definitely been in great hands! Thank you Dr Boykin, as well as your staff and Lee Plamann (BRBJ Physical Therapy) for your great work.
Soon after surgery and rehab, I was able to ride my bike in NYC (as my only means of transportation while working there. Following my work in NYC, I headed over to Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Over the next three weeks, I rode the bike daily and took a few longer trips out in the fields, as well as an extended 50 miler to the city of Haarlem – there and back – what a nice ride it was! Having learned about a popular biking route in the mountains called the Rallarvegen, I took the train to Finse and rode through the snow covered mountains to a city called Flam. The ride was so enjoyable – I felt liberated from the hustle and bustle of the city, and relieved to be able to ride a bike in such a beautiful place – I was able to do it all, relatively pain free. My day was peaceful and pleasant, doing what I love, free from any major constraints from my injury.
Surprisingly, when I arrived in Flam, I decided to book an all day kayaking trip through the Sognefjord – Norway’s 2nd largest Fjord and a World Heritage Site. It may seem a bit of a stretch for a shoulder injury, but it was feeling great. After having paddled the duration, I reflected back on a pain free day – of course, I had been doing my physical therapy to ensure my abilities. It was another stellar day and I couldn’t have done it without such great medical care. Again, I had awesome care, from my Doctors and all the support staff, etc. I can’t imagine having a faster or smoother recovery! Since leaving to NYC, I have rode more than 600 miles in NYC & Amsterdam, as well as trails in Norway, Asheville and Greenville, SC.” – Bob P.