Last time I wrote, I mentioned the possibility of having additional surgery on the broken wrist I suffered in July. Upon going in to have x-rays and a cast put on, my surgeon informed me the bone was inverting back into the incorrect position and they may recommend putting a permanent plate and screws into my wrist. After hearing this news, I quite simply fell apart.
Then I went camping in the Redwood Forest for the first time in over a decade. My fiance, dog and I met a few family members and friends at a campsite I frequented as a kid. It was just as amazing as I remembered it. We went on our first hike since breaking my wrist and I was able to swim in the Jedediah Smith River (with my right arm sticking out of the water). I came to terms with the fact that I'd probably be having more surgery and accepted my fate.
After returning, I walked into Slocum Orthopedic Center to once again meet with my surgeon, Dr. Campion. I had told my family, work and vendors that I'd probably be having surgery in the next few days and to be prepared for my absence. Dr. Campion came into the room and said, "Hey Kylie, your wrist looks great!" She showed me the x-rays and informed me that the bones were exactly where they should be, I was so relieved!
I wore the cast for another three weeks before going back in to see Dr. Campion. The cast was cut off (so scary) and after a quick exam, the Dr. said, "want those pins out?"
"Yes!" I said. Suddenly, she pulls a tray with pliers and gauze on it up to my bed in the cast room. I frantically looked around for some sort of numbing agent before realizing there wasn't any. The Dr. told me she's removed pins without any numbing from many patients and no one has said it hurts, they said it just feels weird but that I should tell her if it does hurt. I said okay despite the complete panic I was feeling inside.
Slowly, she wiggled the pins loose and slid them out one after another, it really didn't hurt! Once they were out, she grabbed my hand and began bending my wrist, it felt awesome and painful at the same time.
Now I simply have to wear a brace for the next few weeks, I'm not supposed to wear the brace at all at home or work so I can begin building the muscle up again. In a month or so, I will be completely healed!
This kind of situation always feels like such a long process when you are in it but now that it's almost over, I feel it went so fast (although the people who listened to me complain would probably disagree). I'm still incredibly thankful for everyone who visited, texted, called, and helped me as I went through this. I learned a lot about the people around me as well as myself.
Now I've got 40 more hikes to get through...
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Kiss kiss the wrist.
Enjoy those 40 hikes.
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