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Second Post-op, Third Cast. Not A Happy Camper

Yesterday morning I was so hopeful for the weekend. I'd had my second post op visit after surgery, and hoped my hand/wrist would be freed from its prison in my second cast, maybe just needing a splint. Of course I walked out of there in my third (this one pink) cast. At least this one left my thumb and my knuckles free. Well, that didn't last. I had to see a PT, and she no sooner walked into the room when she decreed I needed to have a removable thumb splint, only to be removed when I did my therapy.

Back I go to have a custom mini cast made for my thumb. Which has to be held on by an ACE bandage, wrapped around my thumb and hand, imprisoning me once again. I know, I know. It's all for the best. It's just so aggravating!!!

I go back to the PT room and the therapist expects me to flex my fingers from the knuckles, one of which is now attached to a plate, straight down, something I'm unable to do at this point. She gets condescending, speaking to me as if simply couldn't understand. I will only take so much from anyone, including her, so let's just say I made myself very clear, telling her SHE was the one not understanding ME. After that, we understood each other perfectly. And no, she won't be my primary therapist!

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Kasman wrote on March 27, 2015, 2:24 PM

Perhaps it's just as well she's not primary therapist! Medical staff often assume they know everything and we do need to stand up for ourselves at times.

McIntire wrote on March 27, 2015, 2:55 PM

Absolutely! She made me feel so bad! But, you know how we Scots are...don't push us too far or your kilt will end up wrapped around your head, lol!

FourWalls wrote on March 27, 2015, 3:03 PM

As someone who had her foot imprisoned for 6 1/2 weeks because of a broken ankle I completely understand and empathize with your plight.

VinceSummers wrote on March 27, 2015, 3:22 PM

Don't be too harsh. The therapist is only trying to help. Admittedly they can go overboard, but the goal is to help!

melody23 wrote on March 27, 2015, 3:47 PM

I broke my wrist and hand pretty spectacularly eight years ago, although they decided against surgery because although I had at least four fractures as well as a damaged tendon, none of the fractures were displaced. I ended up in a cast for four weeks and a splint for another four or five, the idea being that if I was in a splint I could do Physio which would help my damaged tendon much more than keeping it confined in a cast. Physio was horrific but I regained about 90% of the movement in my hand in the end up, although it did take a long time to get to that point.

wolfgirl569 wrote on March 27, 2015, 7:00 PM

Some think they know everything, glad you let her have it.