Thursday, March 7, 2013

arm update

I just realized that I left everyone who doesn't have facebook or our email hanging with my last post.  It has been a busy crazy week. the day i broke my arm, we went into Masterton to get it set. The Dr's there told us the bad news/ the break was not only a very bad one, but a very complicated one. my wrist is broken in 4 places the whole end of the bone was shoved up into my wrist where it completely broke off and also broke again  in half. plus a little chip broke off the other bone. which they are not concerned about.
so the scheduled the surgery for march 11th. but wanted to see me back in the hospital the next day to check on everything. so we drove back to the cabin where we had left the kids and then colton and i drove back the next morning while dean and Miranda stayed back to get some chores done.
by the time we got back to the cabin there was a message from the hospital that they wanted me to come the next morning so they could do the surgery early. we thought, great, lets do it. so we headed back into masterton, stayed in a local campground that had nice little cabins so dean and i could go in first thing and dean could travel back and forth with the kids as needed.
in the morning, we got checked into the hospital, they got me gowned up and i was in the or within the hour. we had met with the Dr right before i went in and he explained to us the complexity of the break again and also told us at that time that i may not get back full range of motion in my wrist. he said it was possible that i may only get about 50% motion. so that felt very scary to me. it was not at all what i had been thinking. but now we knew that it would be a possibility.

so off i went, said bye for now to dean and felt OK up until they were putting the intravenous in. thetas when it really hit me that this was real. i had a moment of fear. but had such a great nurse there to talk to and hold my hand. so nice.

a few minutes later i was asleep and then i woke up 2 hours later i think. the first thing i felt for was if i had screws poking out of my arm. this was my biggest fear. because they had also told us that  they may have to put plates and screws in my arm that would poke through my skin. if that's the case we couldn't leave NZ for about a month or so till they could be removed. not the plan.

so i was happy to not feel the pins. but soon after the nurse came and told me that they had not done the surgery. they had taken the cast off and noticed the xray machine was not working and they could not proceed as planned. they were very sorry about this huge mistake, the chief of surgery came and slaked to us and apologized.

so we came back to our cabin to wait for our original surgery date of march 11th.

We did a bunch of tasks around the cabin today. dean is still waiting to shoot a deer.
my arm and fingers are black and purple theses days. there isn't a lot of pain that a Tylenol and Advil wont fix. I've been taking a sleeping pill every night so I've been sleeping well. i had to stop the T3's. the codeine was doing a number on my guts.
getting a bit, OK a lot tired already of not being able to do anything with my arm. i cant get dressed, shower, cut my food ugh. it sucks. so does typing and writing with my left hand. though, I'm surprised how well i can do it.
the weather has been sunny and 22ish most days. though its really windy. which i hate. I'm starting to feel a little house bound and ready to head up north. I'm really hoping that we can leave this area after the surgery. i guess we wont know till afterwards when they know more. the dr who was going to do the surgery is out of town on Monday, so the next available guy will be doing the surgery. hopefully hes even better than the original guy. i mostly try not to worry to much about it. there really isn't much we can do anyways.
the best part of being here is that we can here the ocean and see the huge waves all day long. it is my favorite! unfortunately we are surrounded by wailing cows to. but i can usually block them out. even though i blame them for my broken arm. dang mean looking scary cows lol 

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