Friday, June 29, 2012

Huh.

Well, I have been relieved of the cast on my right arm, thank various and sundry gods.

The amount of atrophy in my right hand, wrist and forearm is ... staggering.

I had anticipated that six weeks of not being able to move my little and ring finger was going to have unpleasant effects once the cast was off, but I really hadn't planned on it affecting as far up my arm as it obviously is.

*sigh*

When the tech cut the cast off, she ambled off to get the doctor, leaving me to my own devices -- probably not a good thing, come to think.

Anyhoo, I had my right hand flat on the table, left hand on the knuckles and leaning my weight in as I twisted my shoulder -- because I wanted my bloody fingers to straighten out, damn it, that's why -- when I looked up to see the doctor and a stranger in the doorway.

The doctor heaves the mighty sigh of one beset by the tribulations of a cruel and not-very-smart world, turns to the lady beside him and says, "Physical therapy?"

She offers one rather un-lady-like snort, and opines, "Why? There's nothing I can do to him that he's not already topping."

I am prescribed a brace to be worn for the next four weeks, take it off to sleep, to shower and three times a day to squeeze a ball. Final evaluation two weeks after that.

*sigh*

Ah, well. At least the sodding cast is off.

LawDog

21 comments:

Suz said...

Can you lift weights with the brace on?

Monkeywrangler said...

Have fun scrubbing all the dead skin off too... Blech! Hope you get thru PT ok--by yourself or by visiting the physical torturers...!

Vic303

armedandsafe said...

You really should sign up for some physical therapy, lad. What they are very good at is in helping you in preventing the re-injury of the affectied appendages. Going it alone is almost certain to cause problems in the future.

Experience speaking, here.

BGMiller said...

Does the 'dog need the cone?

BGM

Ambulance Driver said...

A rubber ball, not one of your own.

Montieth said...

I feel for you sir. I had amazing amounts of atrophy from having a cast on one wrist for 10 weeks and another for 14 weeks. Both at the same time. Luckily in one's 20s one bounces back fairly quickly....

Drang said...

Next time, use a Maglite.

Or a rookie...

Suisan said...

Green Scotch-Brite pad. Works wonders. PT would also work, but if nothing else, a fresh rubber racquetball for squeezin' is good too.

Congrats on getting the cast off, bravo in fact . . . next time, let the younger pups do the dirty work.

Gerry N. said...

I've had far too many surgeries and mishaps in my past, most involving casts and bandages restricting movement until the muscles atrophied requiring PT. I noticed early on that most of the Physical Terrorists were young, usually attractive, females. I discussed that with a few of them and came to the conclusion that we of the geezer group were not nearly as likely to backhand a young woman to the floor as readily as a young man for committing the same painful offense. Chivalry and all that, don't you know?

Auntie J said...

When I finally got out of cast/boot/what-have-you six weeks post-op, after a nasty auto accident, my right leg was a shadow of my left. It was very weird.

It's still not quite the same, which I'm sure doesn't help you feel better at all.

Do your PT exercises like a good boy, and you'll bounce back.

Firehand said...

Son spent a large part of a summer with his left arm in a cast: two weeks just below shoulder to hand, then six elbow to hand. First thing he did when they took it off was go to the sink and scrub for about five minutes.

Old NFO said...

Well, that IS a good start... Now comes the 'therapy' self inflicted works too :-)

Derius Thoran said...

Congrats on the healing paw! Wanted to throw out for those who care about these things that Correia's newest book is coming out, (or is out for those with advanced copies) the newest in the MHI series...

Gaffer said...

Do your exercizes and don't complain! And remember that your main squeeze (the lovely lady)will appreciate the new you.

Le Conteur said...

The Strongest hands in the world belong to a pianist.

Le Conteur

Anonymous said...

Glad to have you back. Was beginning to be concerned.

Anonymous said...

Dear LawDog,
Squeeze the ball.
In fact, get several in various grip strengths, and work your way up. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Then do the same with a set of those cute little weightsets from WallyWorld/Target, until your right paw resmbles your left one, and not one belonging to PeeWee Herman.

Oh, and don't break your (either) hand again. Recuperation for non-18-year-olds seriously sucks.

Best regards,
E.D. RN

Kristopher said...

Grab Mookie. lift him high enough that his feet dangle.

Squeeze his throat 20 times a day.

You may need more than one Mookie.

Stan Burton said...

Carry about a dumbell all the time, start with a 3 lb one and work your way up. when miscreant acts up, don't set down the dumbell just whack him up side the head with it. problem solved.

Jennifer said...

Glad you're on the mend. Do whatever the vet tells you to ;)

english kanigit said...

Dawg,
I don't eyeball your blog near as often as I used to so I just noticed this. In addition to whatever the docs are telling you to do and the Physical Terrorists are forcing you to do you ought to check out something called a Dynaflex Powerball.

After breaking a wrist and having a fingertip to shoulder cast for six months I had the same issue. My father had been using the dynaflex for a long time already due to his wrist arthritis while trying to keep his forearms strong. He gave me one of his extras and it helped immensely. The thing fits in a bag, goes anywhere and with practice it can be started by dragging the ball down your forearm vs the easily lost string.

Good luck!