For those who didn’t know, Nancy and I had a bicycle accident a couple years ago. We both were wearing helmets so we came away without any brain damage. I know a few folks might argue that point, but regardless…..
PLEASE WEAR YOUR HELMETS!!
Anyhow, Nancy did fracture her left upper arm in 3 places. It was called a 4-part Proximal Humerus Fracture and required an 8” titanium rod and 5 screws to put her Proximal (round part or ball of the upper arm) back together.
The result of the original surgery was good. But over the past year, her range of motion has decreased greatly and she gets severe numbness in her forearm and hand. So the Doctor took X-rays which showed that the screws had come loose and were hitting things they shouldn’t be hitting ;o((
So, it was time to take the hardware out. This past Friday, July 15th, that’s exactly what took place. It was done in an outpatient facility….amazing!!
It could be a long morning, so Bill stopped for another cup of coffee on the way to the surgical facility!!
They gave Nancy the “Loose” Screws and Rod. We feel so much better knowing Nancy now has '”Spare” Parts!!!
Nancy here: The surgery facility was amazing…but the BEST thing was something call Bear Paws!! They give you those wonderful paper gowns to put on over NOTHING!! Of course, the temperature in these places is extremely cold…you can’t have Doctor’s with sweaty hands;o((( Well, the paper gown I got was connected to a little fan (the Bear Paw) that blew warm or cool air and was controlled by me. Well, let’s just say I cranked that baby way up to the heat side of things;o))) Now that’s a wonderful use of technology!!!!!
Once we got home, Nancy changed into jammies, took her PAIN medication and got the ice pack on the surgery site. We never did get to see the incision, but it is under here somewhere????
She spent most of Friday and Saturday on pain meds, sleeping with the ice pack. By Sunday, she was up and about more and weaning down on the medication, but still applying ice to the surgery site regularly. She is a good patient!! She does what she needs to do to get well and always recuperates quickly.
The only thing that frustrated her was not being able to shower until Monday. The tape from the dressing was really ripping and pinching her arm, so she removed that Sunday night. Here is our first look at the surgery site. Only 2 incisions which surprised us since the original surgery had 5 incisions??? I guess they have special ways to get to all those screws. Don’t care, but less is always best when it comes to incisions;o)))))
Believe it or not, the sorest part are the bruises where they must have clamped her arm to keep it from moving!! Nancy cannot wait until tomorrow when she can get a SHOWER!!
Nancy here: You probably are not going to believe this, but I was up very early and felt so great that I held off on the shower until Bill got up and we went for a power walk around 6:30pm. Now let me be clear, we walked to a 3.5mph beat for 4.25 miles...not a real blowout, but good enough to get a sweat going:o)) Then when we got back to the house, I realized the garden needed a little care, so Bill pulled out what I pointed to ;o)) Then I raked and cleaned it up while he showered. Then it was MY turn and...it was a MUCH NEEDED shower!!!
The shower itself was sheer pleasure…. funny how something that mundane can be that wonderful. During the shower, the little yellow bandages fell off and that was when I realized…
So I am now clean and feeling fine. Really cannot believe how good the arm and I feel. I have not had any pain meds since 8pm last night. I cannot tell how much new range of motion I might get since it is still swollen, but I do know it is already much better than it was....
Stitches/staples come out next Monday and then I can work on building some muscle back up in that arm. I will be back on the bike and maybe even REALLY paddling, not one-sided paddling, in the kayak before long!!!