NEARLY 10 WEEKS OUT from shattering a bone in my left wrist which required an implant with 10 screws, I got the news I’ve been wanting. I can ditch my splint. My hand, my wrist, are now free of any supportive locking device. And I am one happy person/photographer/writer.
I did not expect this news from my cautious orthopedic doctor during a routine check on my healing bone Wednesday morning. During a previous visit, he’d given me a splint time-frame that would have taken me to almost the end of September.
But after reviewing my current and past x-rays and asking me to pass some range of motion tests, he told me I don’t need to wear the splint anymore. I asked him to repeat what he’d just said, not believing this could possibly be true.
He qualified. “I don’t want you doing anything silly.” He knows me well, that I wanted to be doing whatever yesterday. Yet, he apparently trusts that I will recognize my limitations and not push my weak wrist. I asked about using my Canon DSLR camera. He okayed that usage after I explained that I support the lens with my left hand. I don’t expect to do extensive photo shoots but slowly ease back into photography.
Upon arriving home from my medical appointment and occupational therapy, I tested my left hand while putting away dishes. Much to my dismay, I didn’t have the strength to pull open a cupboard door or to lift a small bowl. But I could lift a small rectangular plastic food storage container. It’s not much, but something.
I expect to start strengthening exercises at my next therapy session on Friday. Up until now I’ve done only range of motion exercises. I’ll work hard to strengthen and regain use of my hand and wrist. It’s a slow process that requires time and much patience. I’m determined. And that’s a good thing. Determination and tenacity coupled with prayer and the support of a really great medical team and a loving and caring husband equal recovery.
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I’m pretty darned happy. Now to regain my strength. I’ve lost a lot in 10 weeks.
It is amazing the process to strengthen, however; I know your drive and you will have it back much sooner than later. Just do not push or overdo it! Take It Easy (((((healing/strengthen vibes))))) Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂
From one who’s been there, right? I already realize my limitations. Thank you for your encouragement.
My injury back in 2012 with a re-injury a few years back has been quite the adventure and will last my lifetime. It is very humbling when you have to re-learn the basics again like walking, stepping up and down as well as forward and backwards, etc. I still struggle in getting on escalators and cannot climb multiple flights of stairs. I continue to learn my limitations – ha! Recent fall off bike at the beginning of June – not ready to surrender to a recumbent though. I also have learned to ask for help and not try to do it all myself.
You have been through a lot. But you maintain that positive attitude and I deeply admire that.
Wonderful news! Be sure to follow that advice – “Don’t do anything silly!”
I won’t, Cheryl. My doctor gave me the example of hefting a bag of potting soil and working in the garden. Nope, not gonna happen anytime soon based on the strength I clearly don’t have.
One must take the joys that are available.
Exactly Take the joys that are available.
So happy for you! But go slow! We don’t want you hurt again! 🙂
Alright, Penny. I will be careful.
Great news! Just don’t overdo it!!
I won’t. Thank you for sharing in my joy.
I knew you’d go straight home and see how you felt about holding the camera!! Ha ha! It’s the same thing I would have done! I’m happy for you, Audrey.
We are two peas in a pod. Thank you for sharing my happiness, Lori.
Yes, and news that came as a surprise.
Yay! Great News! Take Care!!
Thank you, Laurie. I intend to pace myself, to take care.
Exactly how I feel with many exclamation marks.
That’s really good news Audrey. So happy for your healing thus far.
Thank you, Valerie.
Happy for you and your freedom from the splint.
You should have seen the look on my occupational therapist’s face this morning when I walked in without my splint. She couldn’t believe it because, like me, she expected me to be wearing my brace for another month yet. Today I started strengthening exercises. I definitely have a lot of work to do on that. But I’m starting and that’s great.
WoooooHoooooo!!! So glad to hear you are free of the splint. I know you will take your time to let your wrist get stronger before you over use it. You’ve come a long way 🙂
Thanks for celebrating with me, my friend. I got two pages of strengthening exercises and new green therapy putty from my therapist this morning. On my way to rebuilding my strength so I can manipulate my camera lens.
You are amazing. I’d just be happy to soak in a hot bath without worry. Praises.
Thank you, Sandra. I continue to thank God for my healing and for the people who have helped me to get there. At my last ortho visit, I made sure to thank my doctor for giving me my wrist back through his skills as a surgeon.
I am so glad you are cleared to use your wrist! Yay God for bringing healing! 😀
Thank you, Kristin. And, yes, praise God. Now I just need to continue the hard work of doing my therapy.
I miss connecting with you. But I know you’re in the right place now, supporting and caring for John. I pray his recovery is going well.
I checked out your blog and am impressed by the creativity in your photography. You do great work with an artsy bend.
Indeed a happy day for you congratulations and REJOICE- REJOICE
Thank you. I am one happy woman.
Happy to hear your good news!
Thank you, Jena.
This great news!
I’m pretty happy. Now, after a week without my splint, I realize just how much muscle strength I’ve lost in 10 weeks. My arm and hand are sore by the end of the day and sometimes when I wake up. But this soreness should ease as my strength increases. I’m determined to keep working hard at therapy.
I’m sure that will get better with time if you work at it
It will. I’m off to do my second set of repeat exercises shortly. They get boring. But I keep telling myself, “You gotta do this if you want your hand/arm/wrist back.”