01-01-2017, 12:34 AM
It's now 8.5 weeks since the fracture happened, and I am still in rough shape. The PA at the last doctor visit said I could stop wearing the brace after 2-3 more weeks. That was Dec. 8th, and as of today, the slightest movement involving the fractured area causes me to wince with pain. By the end of each day, the whole hand has swelled and I see fresh bruising. So I'm still wearing the brace a lot of the time.
When I am not wearing the brace, I try to exercise the hand in ways that don't involve the fracture area. I can tell from attempting those movements that having the hand immobilized for such a long time has caused tightening of the soft tissue and that this will be problematic long after the bone has fully healed. It will probably add another month or so to my recovery time -- and I will have been without the full use of my right hand for at least four months!
Meanwhile my clothes washer has sprung a leak, I can't use or repair it, nor can I drive to a coin laundry, nor can I do hand washing, because it takes two hands to wring stuff out. So laundry has been piling up for the last three months except for a few things that I've managed to clean with great difficulty.
It is quite depressing to be forced to wear dirty clothes. Same goes for the dishes. Both kitchen sinks are filled with stuff waiting to be washed, and there are stacks of more things on the floor, on the counters, and elsewhere. It's been a real challenge to keep myself fed because of this. The very thought of having to cook is depressing. I've eaten more chicken soup in the last two months than in the rest of my life combined!
It's been a very, very trying time. Seems like an eternity.