Good to go – almost

My baby sized splint

Oh happy day, as the song goes. As scheduled, I went and saw the hand specialist today and the news was all good. While I was told the original cast was overkill (rightly due, I think, because I was from out-of-town and would have to travel home to be treated) the manipulations done to get my wedding ring off and taking the x-rays actually managed to rotate the bones back into alignment.  The doctor felt that what was appropriate at this point was a much smaller hand-made, removeable splint.  No surgery as the broken portions were well aligned!  I will have it 4-6 weeks, but it will be so much easier to deal with than what I had.  I should be be able to wear my own clothes and not have to worry about getting a hard cast wet.  I certainly will be able to get back into the studio and finish my latest drawing for which I am eternally grateful.  Still, I have to be careful.  The main thing is not to lift with that hand at this point.  The physical therapist who made the splint said not to be afraid to move the fingers and wrist.

As you can see, my fingers are swollen and somewhat discolored but all in all not too horribly so.  My palm and the back of my hand are a nice mixture of greens and yellows but the doctor actually thought it didn’t look too bad.  The swelling has already been reduced although my fingers and hand have been twitching just a little in the sudden freedom.  It feels quite odd and  a little achy but I am overjoyed that it has turned out so well.  I just have to not to bang it, which, for me, as you now well know may not be as easy as it seems.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joy
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 15:50:59

    Great news !!! I bet John is thrilled too. Did you choose the tape colors of red and green ? Perfect for the season.


  2. Cindy D
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 16:24:32

    Oh dear! I missed one post and this is what I missed! So glad it wasn’t your right hand! I broke my left wrist in high school and I know that lucky feeling. That’s great they aligned the bones and you got a smaller contraption to work around!

    I am also a member of Klutzes are Us, for sure. As is my boyfriend, who can’t help tripping over things, knocking his head on kitchen cupboards and cutting himself with sharp knives. In fact, he may be a charter member of the local chapter. As for me, I am already panicking somewhat about the coming snow and ice and all the potential for klutzdom therein. Eeek.

    Sending get well wishes!


    • ruthsartwork
      Dec 07, 2011 @ 16:37:54

      I’m glad it’s my left hand too, Cindy. Things are so much better than they could have been. I can bang into things with my head too although I think this has something to do with wearing a long distance and a reading contact. It messes up my depth perception somewhat and one day, when they become too far apart, I will have to give one up and go with glasses. Probably the reading one.

      My feet on the other hand have no such excuse. I have to be careful when I wear new shoes to adjust to the different lengths an not trip myself. I don’t know where it came from. I wasn’t particularly clumsy as a child, but something happened to me during my college days. I must say in my defense that I have only ever injured myself and not anyone else.


  3. ruthsartwork
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 16:27:46

    Yes I did Joy. I had my pick and since this will go through the holidays I thought it appropriate. Besides, I like red and green.

    It is great news. Best of all the pain was minimal taking off the cast and making the splint. I feel very fortunate all things considered. There will be a slight twist to the ring finger but he felt the risks of surgery outweighed the benefits. I have a congenital twist to my ring fingers anyway so it will probably hardly be noticeable. This orthopedist was recommended by 3 separate people I respect so I feel fortunate and will go with what he says. John is not quite off the hook in the kitchen yet as I am not supposed to lift anything, just move and use my wrists and fingers where I can.


  4. lesliepaints
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 17:14:20

    Looks a lot better than that cast, Ruth. Hope you mend really fast!


  5. ruthsartwork
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 17:55:04

    Thanks, Leslie. It’s better already.


  6. Beth
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 22:26:23

    A Christmas Splint! I love it. Hope it heals quickly!


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