The Cast Came Off

Today my orthopedic surgeon removed the cast from my arm, and pulled the pins out out of my wrist. One pin came out easy. The other was to...

Today my orthopedic surgeon removed the cast from my arm, and pulled the pins out out of my wrist.

One pin came out easy. The other was tough, he had to twist it and tug on it a few times. Twice, the pin slipped out of the pliers he was using. It didn't really hurt, but it was rather uncomfortable, feeling it twisting and tugging on your bone. There was a considerable amount of blood seeping up out of the holes left in my wrist.

The wrist feels ok. It's still painful to rotate the wrist around in circles, particularly when moving to the left (against the distal radius bone). But the x-rays look really good, and the doc said all that's needed is to use the wrist regularly.

I'm scheduled for some physical therapy in a week.

At this point, it would be foolish to get back on the bike. I can't really use the wrist to balance the bike, and accelerating would be painful, as it hurts to bend the wrist upward.

The other thing is all the dead skin on my hand and arm. With the cast on, I couldn't wash the arm (obviously). I've got thick patches of dead skin drying up and peeling off, now that it's exposed to the air. It's really itchy!

But at least I can type better.

I'll still have to wipe my butt with my other hand, for now.

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