Friday, August 01, 2008

Doctor Visit - Fri, Aug 1

Late Wednesday afternoon, my left thumb (the broken one) began to give me problems. It was quite painful. The pain kept me from sleeping well.

Thursday morning, Daniel took me to the clinic to see what could be done. My surgeon, Dr. McCall, was in surgery all day, so I was unable to see him. The clinic staff removed my splint and found a sore beginning to develop under my pins.

Irritated skin

Another surgeon gave me a prescript for antibiotics, they rewrapped my thumb, and sent me home.

I felt ok for awhile (nice pain meds), but even with the meds, the pain was intense and disturbing. When I woke up this morning, I was in more pain. My thumb was painful. It was painful to move my fingers or even touch my other fingers. I immediately took a pain pill, which dulled the pain some. We called and got an appointment with my surgeon and went in to see him.

They removed my splint. Ouch.

Pins and irritated skin

And took new x-rays of my thumb.


L Thumb X-Ray Side View - Day 27

L Thumb X-Ray Top View - Day 27

Then I went to an exam room where Dr. McCall examined the x-rays, my thumb, and my leg. He pronounced that the pins were going to come out. That would relieve the pain. It has been almost 4 weeks since the accident, so the pins have done their job.

Back to the cast rooms, where Tiffany removed my pins. The process of removing the pins was painful, but Tiffany did a good job of steadily doing her job and getting the pins out. I didn't watch.

Pins removed - Yuck!!

And another tech gave me a shiny new blue cast.

On the way home with new cast

The pain lessened steadily after the pins were removed. Now the pain is well-controlled with pain meds.

I have an appointment in a little over 2 weeks for a follow-up. I'm still non-weight-bearing on my ankle, but I am doing leg strengthening exercises at least 3 times a week, so I hope to be ready when I'm able to start walking again.

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