Good day, all.
On 17 April 2011 I was two days into a much-needed vacation and was starting the week off with a bit of fun. That morning I found myself in the driveway alone loading a couple of recreational kayaks onto the top of my vehicle for a quick paddle around the lake. As fate would have it, one kayak became unstable on the roof rack and fell. Instinctively I reached out to catch it (they weigh in at 48 pounds) and the moment it struck my arm I knew I had screwed up - I heard a faint 'pop' and felt white-hot pain surge up my arm. Promptly I fell to the pavement, clutching my arm, trying to keep the nausea under control.
A trip to the emergency room confirmed there were no broken bones, and the doctor there indicated it was most likely a muscle tear - I should be fine in 3 or 4 days. The bruising was positively technicolor for two weeks and the pain continued.
Finally realizing the damage must be more extensive than originally thought, I saw my regular physician who confirmed my worst fears - there is a tear in my distal bicep tendon. Tendons don't heal well without surgical intervention, and if left alone my arm will be weak for the rest of my life.
I am now awaiting a consult with the surgeon - my right (dominant) arm will be useless for 3 - 4 weeks afterwards.
Bummer of a way to start the summer.