This could be the day

Well, this could be it!

Today just might be the day I get my cast off of my arm! It’s been 5 weeks since that fateful day. The day I fell off my bike and my arm collided with the sidewalk, resulting in a scaphoid fracture in my left arm.

My husband has been so patient and awesome through it all. You’ve heard of someone being your “right-hand man”? Well, I have an amazing “left-hand man” and I am so very thankful for him and his love and care for me. He’s simply the best!

I’ve tried to carry on life as “normal”, but it seems to have caused a bit of a slow down. Showers take a little bit longer, typing is a little painful at times, and cooking seems to have taken the biggest brunt of it all. I still haven’t figured out how to open a packet of sugar for my coffee with just one hand yet!

These are just a few of the little inconveniences that will hopefully be a thing of the past soon.

Just think, this could be the day that I’ll be back to “normal” like everyone else!

However, I’m a little leery about the prospects of a cast free arm. After all the reading I have done about this type of injury, it’s quite possible I’m in for another few weeks of this.

I know…I’m not suppose to believe everything I read on the Internet, but apparently this type of fracture can be a little quirky, and can be quite difficult to heal.

Hmmmm……

So, I’m holding out hope,because well, right now, that’s about all I have! I’m hoping this has healed quite nicely, and that there won’t be any residual pain/effect of this injury.

And now I’m off to the Doctor…and hoping for the best!!!

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One week down…4 more to go

Well, it’s been just a little over a week since I fractured my wrist, and life is just a little more interesting now!

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I’m making a few adjustments and learning some new things too!

For example….

1. It is possible to wash my hair with just one hand

2. It is almost impossible to style my hair with just one hand

3. I can type with one hand and 4 fingers from the other hand for a short period of time with minimal pain.

4. It’s pretty much impossible to shave under my right arm with my right hand 😦  (this could get interesting!)

5. I miss scrubbing my hands together when I wash my hands.  Who knew what a luxury that actually is!?

6. The bend at my elbow on my left arm can actually hold on to things, like a pseudo hand!

7. I really don’t need both hands to put my contacts in – I can do it all with one hand! Oh,yes I can! 🙂

8. Since I’m right-handed, I’m really thankful it wasn’t my right hand that got hurt. This list might sound completely different if that were the case!

9. And since I’m talking about being thankful – well, there’s a lot to be thankful for.  It could have been so much worse. Like my hip, or my head, or my leg.  So yeah, I’m very thankful it was just my wrist.

10. But most of all I’m learning, life goes on….and everything is gonna be ok.

Cause and effect…or what happens when bike meets pavement…

I was at the end of a really great bike ride, ready to make the final turn to go up the hill and head toward home. I slowed down to turn around, my tires hit sand, and the next think I knew, I was on my way down.

I hit the pavement hard, and I guess in an effort to save my face, I put down my hand.

It worked for my face, but not my hand.

In an attempt to shake it off, I tried to push my bike up the hill. I was quickly made aware of a shooting pain in my left hand when any pressure was applied.

We got some ice, to reduce the swelling and to numb the pain. It wasn’t working. It was obvious that this was more then just a bruise.

Off we went to spend our Friday night in the emergency room! Never a dull moment there!

After a few X-rays, some pills for the pain, cutting my wedding ring off, and about four hours later, I was sent home with a temporary splint on my arm. I had fractured the scaphoid bone in my wrist, and I would need to see an Orthopedic Dr on Monday.

This was my prize from the emergency room….

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And this is my present from the Orthopedic Dr.

I’ll be wearing this nifty little accessory for the next 4-6 weeks.

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If all goes well…I should be back on my bike by summer!

Yeah, right.

I’m not too sure about that bike riding stuff right now, but I am learning how to do a lot of things with one hand! 🙂

Like typing….