Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Doctor Visit

Today was my first follow-up visit with Dr. Scott McCall of Middle Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic. The other times I went, I just saw the cast techs.

When we got there, one of the techs removed my splints. I felt a little anxious without my protective gear on.

Waiting for x-rays

Then they took me in for x-rays.

Prepping for ankle x-ray

This is my ankle.

L Ankle X-Ray Top View - Day 17

And my thumb.

L Thumb X-Ray Top View - Day 17

The next task was to remove the 5 stitches and 25 staples from my leg. The stitches were hard to dig out. The tech had to get a more experienced tech to remove the last stitch. That was a bit painful.

No more staples!

No more stitches

The pins were left in my thumb for another 2 weeks.

Pins sticking out of my thumb

Finally, I was fixed up with a new cast (not just a splint) for my thumb and a removable boot for my ankle.

New cast and new boot

My next appointment is in two weeks. In the meantime, I'm to remove the boot and work on my range of motion for my ankle. That will be interesting, I'm sure. I'm still completely non-weight-bearing. In two weeks, the pins will be removed from my thumb and the cast replaced for another 2 weeks. I will be non-weight-bearing on my ankle for another 4 - 6 weeks.

I have a nice set on Flickr of pictures of my recovery.http://www.flickr.com/photos/endurancerider/sets/72157606332118452/

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