Thursday, January 10, 2019

Gimme A Break

When the cast on my left arm was removed, I noticed a few unexpected things.

First, it hurt a lot. I had been warned and they were right. PUT THAT SUCKER BACK ON was my first thought. After that, I noticed that my nerve endings felt raw. I’m not sure if it was lack of use or what but RAW.  So, when I rubbed my hands together it almost felt like I had a recovering burn. It still feels quite strange but not as painful. If I run the fingers of my broken hand through my hair, it feels course, dry and strawlike. With my good hand it feels quite nice. Which is reality? Good question. My hair is not fried but it could use some TLC, so a little of both.

Another thing I noticed was quite a lot of small black hairs growing in the wrist area. I looked it up and apparently it is common. The protection of the cast prevents the normal rubbing off of light hairs AND the light rubbing movement within the casted area stimulates hair folicles into action. Hence im sporting a Neanderthal look.

Finally, weeks and weeks of dead skin was waiting to be removed from elbow to finger tips. Hard to do when the nerves were so raw so that is still going on.

I’m using YouTube to help me with physical therapy in the hopes of saving myself some time on the other end and, perhaps, getting a golf club in my hand a little sooner. A tight fist won’t be happening real soon but I’m trying.

All in all it’s been an interesting experience, with no desire to do it over again. Grateful for close hospitals, good doctors and health insurance.

5 comments:

  1. Glad that ordeal is drawing to a close!

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  2. interesting; I have never broken a bone, so I have never known what it's like to have a cast. keep up with your therapy!

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  3. Hope it feels right again soon, Linda.

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  4. I am sure you are still beautiful, even as a Neanderthal.

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  5. I am so relieved that the cast is off, despite the annoyances that come with that. I'm sure it will ease soon (did they give you any idea of it?). I hope so. Just keep your eyes on the prize! The perfect putt on a beautiful day!

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