Trauma Drama! An update on my wrist…


Update on my wrist…

My arm in black braceThe best news is that I’m using my right hand more to type.  Yay!  That has been the biggest pain in the… uhm.. wrist?  LOL  Typing with one hand is no fun.  And it is very slow.  Not to mention the super abundance of typos that ensue when only using one hand.

The truly weird part is how using only one hand slows down the thought process.  When typing with one hand I am VERY much aware of the letters of the words I’m typing.  When using two hands, as I’m doing now, I’m much more stream of consciousness, with a feedback loop occurring between the screen, my brain and the fingers in between are pretty much operating without me consciously saying type this letter “K” now.

When typing with one hand only, the left, in this case, I literally am spelling out each word in my head and guiding my left hand as I type each word.  Ugh!

Doctor’s Visit on Tuesday…

My Facebook Friends can skip this section and jump down to the next one, or if you’re bored or didn’t read it then or want to re-read it then go for it.  Your choice!  LOL  I posted the following update late on Tuesday evening on Facebook:

Update on arm: I’m on track to a full recovery but I was hoping to be ahead of schedule. *sigh*

I think the doc was ready to let me dance when he came into the exam room with the x-ray but then he TRICKED me!!!! He said that the xray looks good, and he said’ to the nurse, let’s put him in a removable sport splint. He then asked me if I needed a refill on the pain medications. I said “Yes; I’m almost out.” <<< TRICK QUESTION!!! >>> The scoundrel!!!!! His reply was to run into the whole “you are on track but can’t do this and this and this and you should do this and this and this.”

I swapped out large uncomfortable temporary splint & ace bandages with smaller velcro strap and laces “sports” model. Received permission to shower without splint; got prescribed lower strength pain meds. No driving while still on the pain meds. No dancing until next week (when is when I should be able to go off the meds) He said that the pain I’m experiencing is normal as my body adjusts to the metal and repairs the bone. where the break was and the screws are.

No dancing until I’m off the pain relievers because he says that the meds mess with the sense of balance and honestly I have to say that he’s right. I’d like to say otherwise but he’s right. *sigh* Not a huge amount but enough so that a couple times I’ve had to put out my good hand to stablize myself while standing at the kitchen cabinet. I don’t want to fall again so I guess I should follow his orders. *SIGH* I can start dancing next week if I’ can stand not havng the meds. But have to watch the amount of force on the wrist and have to wear splint at all times while dancing!

For the rest of this week: no force on the wrist. stronger than that used to lift a hand towel or shirt, then I can start using it to the extent that my body allows. Sore from stretching flexing and light use is ok, but avoid inducing pain. He said that an example of too much right now would be lifting a mug of coffee and truthfully I don’t think I’d actually be able to do that at this point.

I’m supposed to keep moving the fingers and rotating the arm. When not in the splint (once or twice a day this week, more as time goes on. I’m supposed to gently flex the wrist up and down)

I see him in four weeks.

Fourth of July

There was one?  I woke up around 4 am on the fourth and then proceeded to sleep most of the next twenty-four hours.  I think my total time awake and out of bed was bout 4-5 hours.  And those 4-5 hours are very very fuzzy.  I have no idea what was going on but I’m sure it is drug related.

The narcotics I’m taking to control the pain are awesome in controlling the pain but they really mess with my alertness and my sleep cycles.

Fifth of July

I woke up this morning around six am and I’ve been working on my latest Squidoo article and drinking coffee pretty much non-stop since then.

I have three goals for today.  (1) Finish the Squidoo article and get it posted.  (2) do laundry.  I literally have no clean clothes.  Oh, isn’t *that* an image?  (3) Do some planning.  I have just under six months before Worlds and there is a LOT of work to be done.  I need to set my goals for the rest of the year then do a Gantt chart to achieve them.

See ya on the dance floor!

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About TxCowboyDancer

Eight time Country Dance World Champion. I love to dance. In the middle of a journey, transforming myself from "unemployed and out-of-shape" to "in-shape and full time dance instructor, writer and graphic artist."

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