Old School Healing

18.5.12

After nearly two weeks of wearing an old school plaster cast on my right arm that totally isolated my thumb I got to go to the fracture clinic yesterday where I was told I would receive a waterproof cast.  And not a moment too soon.  My cast looks all clean and white in this picture but after nearly two weeks I looked like I was halfway through putting on my Zombie Mummy Halloween costume and I smelled like a dumpster. On garbage day. In August.


I will admit that I've been feeling a little dodgy about going to my local hospital since my traumatic c section experience, but the folks in the ER that put on my cast were lovely.  And they gave me Tylenol 3.  Which is more than I can say for the folks in the maternity ward.

No, I'm not bitter at all.  I always hoped to have my very own case of PTSD before I hit 40.  Dreams! Realized!

I was told that I should block off 4 hours for my appointment yesterday in case they were running behind.  Hey, at least they were honest about it.  The good news is they were only running 1 hour behind and in that hour I was able to sit outside and call into the office and take part in an important meeting I didn't want to miss out on.  If I could drive a car or successfully bathe myself right now that sentence would make me sound like a grown up.

My appointment went something like this:

(a small child is crying in the curtained off area next to mine)

Technician: You're not gonna cry are you?
Me: No promises.

(the doctor walks in and introduces himself)

Me: How are you?
Doc: Better than you.

The doctor looks kind of like that drunk doctor in the Law & Order pilot. You know the one I mean. Which is to say, respectable and in a hurry to get to lunch.

Doc: (looking at two week old x rays) You broke your wrist.
Me: I know.  I've been in a cast for two weeks.
Doc: I'm putting you in a removable splint. Come back in 4 weeks.

And POOF with that he was gone.  Gone, I presume, to try and touch his finger to his nose while Michael Moriarty looks at him with a combination of disappointment and righteous indignation.

Me: Is there anything I shouldn't do?
Technician: Don't do anything that would make it hurt.  That would be bad.

He also told me that this doctor is 3 months away from retirement and that "anyone else" would have given me another cast, but this guy is "old school".  That can't be a bad thing can it?

Anyway, it feels ok and I can take it off to shower, so I'm going to choose to think of this as progress.

It looks a little S&M and a little bit Victorian which is appropriate since this is Victoria Day weekend.

In conclusion: pray for me!


2 comments :

  1. Knowing you have those Tylenol 3s eases my mind. I'm only mildly concerned about what you may be washing them down with!

    PS: I'd put an LOL, but I never put an LOL. If people don't get my LOLs, to heck with them. And you're a gal who gets an LOL without having to be told it's an LOL.

    Looks pretty good, but didn't it come in any springtime colours?

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  2. Haha! What does that mean when a doctor is 'old school', that would make me nervous! That is hilarious.

    Glad you got the cast off!

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