Invited into a room, the doctor took off my splint and examined my finger. After delicately probing it for a couple of minutes, he exited the room, leaving me with the question, "Am I healed?". What seemed like an hour later, he came back in to deliver the news.
As I anticipated a note saying was cleared to play again, I instead heard the words, "Let's wait another week.". All of the built up excitement inside had diminished. For another week, I would put on the sidelines, reduced to the water boy and cheerer of the team. Never before did I want to lie to the nurse, but in fear for a greater injury, I decided against it.
Unfortunately the fracture has not healed yet, even though my splint has been removed. But as the quote says, injuries really do give you a new found respect for your body, an appreciation. Humans are very tough, but that doesn't meant you don't have to take care of them. For they are the most precious thing you own.
All I know is that I'm going to love playing football even more when I get back.