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Scaphiod or carpal bone isn't broken, just severely bruised, the sprain is a 3rd degree sprain which is what caused the chipped bones in the wrist. So of course, I got the whole rest, ice, compress, and elevate speech. Also the splint done by the ER, was left on too long and applying pressure to the wrong places as well. Not their fault, but other specialists who were being craptasic with scheduling, and billing, and crazy insurance mix ups.

No cast, just a very complicated brace.  The doctor says that I can slowly return to normal activities in 3-4 weeks, unless the wrist pain gets worse, at that point I have to go back for further testing. Which means, that in a few weeks I can start back meshing if I behave, and do hand stretches and rest my wrist as much as possible.

But....there's always one of those, my jobs just started mandatory OT which means instead of 4 10 hr shifts I'm normally scheduled for, I will now work 4 or 5 10 hr shifts or 4 10 hr shifts and 2 5 hr shifts. Yay to catch up on bills, but boo for catching up on Simming.

My BTO people are first on the list, thank you guys for being awesome and understanding.



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Jul. 3rd, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
I saw this and the first thing that popped into my mind was that, as an OT, I could help you rehab it!

I read that scaphoid sprains/breaks are the worst, as it's one of the main supports for your rest and it hurts like a bitch and your whole hand becomes unstable if it's injured.

So! I hope that the healing goes well! Don't overstrain it at your job. :)
Jul. 3rd, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
Oh how, I wish I was near you. So far the Ortho didn't prescribe any rehab just the RICE. But if you have any ideas of exercises, or particular stretches etc that I should do, please let me know. And that scaphoid did hurt like a bitch, as a matter of fact it's still sort of sore but the splint being gone and having a brace instead feels like 75% percent better. There's still some visible bruising but as long as it's not broken I'm okay.

I'm already going to get a mouse pad with a gel wrist support, and sort of rearrange my work station. I have my lap top closer to me than my work keyboard & mouse right now, so I constantly lean and/or twist to the left to type or view the screen and use the keyboard.

Partly because I hook my laptop up to my TV all the time to watch Netflix and movies, but I figure investing in a longer HDMI cable will be better than a raggedy wrist. I was really worried about not being able to mesh anymore. I've have literally been going mad not being able to do anything in that area. I'm anxious to start back but I can wait for the 3-4 weeks that I have to. I'm pretty sure after those 10 hr days I'm not going to want to do much but rest it for awhile any way.
Jul. 4th, 2012 06:17 am (UTC)
Hmm. I don't have my muscle function books (they were borrowed), but stretching and trying to keep a good range of motion in your hand is a good idea. I can't name any specific glides off the top of my head, especially since I can't show them. Maybe something like the ones shown in this video can help. Definitely use the brace and/or splint if they help! :) I think the reworking of your work station is also an excellent idea.

I hope you can mesh soon too, but definitely don't if it strains your wrist even further.
Jul. 4th, 2012 10:06 pm (UTC)
I've book marked the video, it also had some others along the side that looked interesting as well. I'm making myself keep the brace on. I was so excited yesterday that I may have over done it. I'm a bit sore today, so I've been resting. It also made a believer out of me that it will be awhile before I can do something as intense as meshing :_: I was intending on trying to start up the weekend. I know, I'm hard headed. Life teaches us quite quickly though.
Jul. 5th, 2012 04:07 am (UTC)
You take it easy, madame!
I'm glad to hear it's not as serious as it could be, though. :)
Jul. 5th, 2012 05:52 am (UTC)
Yep, learned that lesson yesterday, I went crazy on the computer (Yes, I even opened up milkshape and thought about meshing) and today I woke up in agony. So back to the tablet and iPod a bit longer. And I made myself keep the brace on too. I'd conveniently forgotten about the sprained part of the injury, but it reminded me today. XD

Jessy sent me a link to a video for hand and wrist exercises so I think I'll try those, maybe starting next week. I go for a follow up in 2 weeks, so hopefully, I'll get the all clear to resume all normal activities. Even though they said 3-4 weeks, I'm hoping the exercises and being good will get some of that time shaved off.
Jul. 5th, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
Oh no! Well, at least you won't be doing that again. :(
I definitely hope the wrist exercises help, and it's also something to do while you wait. Waiting sucks. xD
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