The next stage of recovery

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I was very relieved to have my appointment at the hospital today. They removed the splint and bandages which, thanks to periodic swelling, have been so  darned uncomfortable the last two weeks. I was disconcerted to find metal staples underneath and not dissolving stitches. My arm looked so pathetic – loose crumpled skin, loss of muscle, green and yellow bruising on the staple side.

The X-rays look kinda cool with that chunk of metal in there, and the line of staples too.

The staples were taken out, which was so painful I nearly cried (I couldn’t watch). Tai Chi Man was there and would have offered a shoulder if I’d needed it, but I held it together. Now I have a removable wrist brace, which I can adjust if I get some swelling, and have to take off now and then for strengthening exercises. Official physiotherapy starts in two weeks.

What a treat it was to get home and wash my arm, and put some arnica cream on the green and yellow bits. And maybe soon….a little yarn play?!

 

3 responses »

  1. I don’t know either. When I had abdominal surgery ten years ago, I had dissolving stitches and the woman in the bed across from me had staples. Now I know why I never want staples again!

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