Our family just returned from a big trip during the holidays, having traveled about 2500 miles over 16 days. It was a great trip, but a funny thing happened while stepping out of the ice fishing house . . .
We have just returned home, and though set with traction and casted in an ER, we were advised that my wrist needs to be seen by an orthopedic surgeon. I can still feel some things moving around in there where they probably shouldn’t be moving, so it likely needs to be re-set or may require surgery. Thankfully it was my left wrist and I’m right-handed =o).
We opted to wait to see an orthopedist until after we completed our trip. Perhaps not ideal, but I was unwilling to forfeit long overdue visits with family and friends. I was advised that surgeries are often put off until swelling and bruising have resolved anyway, so I’m comfortable with the decision to complete the trip and wait to see an ortho when we got home. I have an appointment early this week, pending weather, ha, as roads may ice where we live. We’ve been just ahead of the major storms that have crossed the country over the past couple of weeks!
I’d appreciate your prayers for doctor’s wisdom about how to proceed with my wrist, as well as for quick healing. And, as some of you may be experiencing with ObamaCare coming online, we were between health care policies for hubby and I when the accident occurred, so pray that we can get coverage quickly to mitigate costs, especially if surgery is needed.
[Update: Saw the orthopedic surgeon on Monday; surgery is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon 1/8. Bone really does need surgical repair. We have a friend who works with the ortho group and has advocated for us well; cost will be affordable, for which we’re thankful as our new coverage will not be effective until Feb. 1. Will update when I can. Thanks for your prayers!]
We had very limited internet and cell service (as in none except for a few hours in the ER) due to a major ice storm in Southern Ontario during part of our travels, and then I broke my wrist, so computer things have piled up!
There are lots of comments in moderation as well as many emails for me to answer. Just wanted to post here that I will get to all the comments and emails in due time. In addition to unpacking and getting our large family re-settled, I’m working one-handed. Thankfully, several of our children are in their teens now and are great helpers. Hubby has done a great job picking up the slack and ministering to my needs, as well.
There is more to come at JGIG – more testimonies are in the works and of course more posts regarding Grace and Law and Old and New Covenant issues.
Thanks for your patience, everyone!
Grace and Peace,
Update 1/9: Here’s my new hardware. Surgery went very well. “Repair went perfectly” according to our surgical assistant friend. Everyone from admissions to nursing staff to the anesthesiologist to the surgeon were awesome =o).
I’m hating this nerve block though – it’s much more extensive than the local block I had in the ER. Think total numbness and paralysis up to the shoulder like Novocain x 1000 that lasts for 18 hours. Icky creepy feeling! It’s the middle of the night and I’ve turned on my laptop to try to distract me from how weird my arm feels. Please pray that the nerve block resolves well and that the transition to pain meds goes smoothly.
Thanks for all the prayers!
1/10 – Transitioned from nerve block to pain meds. Feeling okay. This is me waving to you all, ha. Splint/cast goes up over the elbow. Slowly working through emails and comments here at JGIG one-handed when not too sleepy from meds =o). Thanks for your patience!
1/15 – Post-op follow-up appointment today. Did really well except for the part where I almost passed out =o/. I really should have eaten before the appointment. Seeing the incision, which was quite a bit longer than I expected and the pain associated with removing the dressing/splint/cast made me very oogy. The physical therapist was awesome; seeing me go pale, she seated me in a reclining-type chair (much like those used when giving blood) and gave me a Coke. She crafted a splint for me which is much less bulky than the original post-surgical version =o). My short-term goals: work on making a fist and flexing fingers. Don’t want those tendons and ligaments freezing up in scar tissue! It does hurt to do, and I’m amazed at the amount of swelling still present in my hand and thumb, which restricts movement. My forearm has shrunk and everything is very stiff, including the elbow. I’ll be doing my part, but please pray that swelling resolves and that flexibility and strength come back, slow but sure. Thanks!
2/5/14 – Healing slowly . . . I’m very out of sorts with this wrist thing – much harder recovery than I was prepared for, and will be long, as well.
Three big screws and seven small ones on a T-plate lives in my arm now. I’ve never broken, much less shattered a bone before, and I’ve decided it’s NOT fun! I’m 48 now, and have been shocked by how tired I am – I guess building bone is hard work! And not sleeping well because it’s hard to get comfortable. sigh.
I’m adjusting to the reality of my current limitations. It will be more like a 6 month to a year+ to really get back to ‘normal’.
From what I’ve read it’s all very normal . . . like I said, adjusting. There’s not a lot of pain at this point beyond a consistent ache unless I try to do, well, much of anything, ha.
I appreciate all continued prayers on my behalf!
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Other articles available at JGIG:
- Millennial Prophecy – Measuring Unrevealed Prophecies in Light of Revealed Truths
- Gateways into the Hebrew Roots Movement – An Examination of ‘Identity Crisis’ and Related Teachings of Jim Staley
- Tzit Tzit For the Believer In Christ?
- 12 Undeniable Truths That Drive Law ‘Keepers’ Crazy
- How I Became Aware of the Hebrew Roots Movement