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So! When I last updated, it was to announce in a brief way that I had broken my right wrist in a fall on the ice. It's been a while, so it's a good time for another update.

I've been coping, even though it is a gigantic pain in the ass. Many thanks to people like emilytheslayer, lynxreign, elishavah, and especially veejane, for various bits of assistance that have made the last four weeks get-throughable. Everyone at the office has been very nice; it helps that we are in a somewhat slow period. (Although, our annual symposium took place a couple of weekends ago, and that wasn't what you would want to call "slow". But I was able to line up a lot of minions and delegate to them, so we survived it.)

The office bought me a copy of MacSpeech Dictate, the Mac version of Dragon Naturally Speaking, which I have been able to install both at work and at home. This allows me to keep up with some of my e-mailing, rather than having to do all my typing one-handed. Unfortunately, it doesn't really work for me for writing fiction, and needless to say, what the right hand out of commission I can't do any artwork, which is driving me nuts. Still, thank goodness for small favors. (I am however getting really tired of having to speak everything out loud, including punctuation.)

Below, an example of how the cats have been "helping":

(i.e., Morgan has decided that the pillow that I use to prop up my arm when I'm sitting in my chair is her new favorite place to lay, and I have to shove her over when I actually want to use it for the purpose that I intended it for. Also, yes, I had undecorated the tree prior to the fall, but had not taken it down and put it away; now, it is up for the duration, and I don't see the point of having it sit there without putting the lights on.)

That is an example of the original splint. It was succeeded by a hard cast, which is what I'm wearing now. I have a compression fracture of the distal radius, and from the start, the surgeon told me that he was worried it might "fall apart", rather than "get sticky" and start to heal. Well, nearly 4 weeks later, the latest round of x-rays taken today has shown that it decided to fall apart. Or to be more accurate, it collapsed in on itself. The ends of the bone to connect up with the wrist are not quite in the right alignment, which could be a bad thing going forward. So today, I found out that I will be having surgery on Friday to put in a plate to correct this.

The bright side is that this will not set me back to the beginning in terms of recovery. It will add a few weeks, but it won't (or, it shouldn't) add six more weeks. I'm annoyed, because the arm has just been getting to the point where it is starting to hurt a little less, like its, you know, healing; and now after Friday it's going to hurt all over again while I recover from the surgery, and I have no good idea of how long that's going to take.

In summation: FEH.

I leave you with a cute picture of Emily (all 4 feet!):



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Feb. 24th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
Morgan is such a pretty cat! Of course you set that pillow up for HER.

I miss your artwork. Heal faster!
Feb. 24th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Oh no! I'm sorry to hear that. Stupid non-sticky bones.
Feb. 24th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
That sucks that you need surgery. Hope your recovery goes smoothly!
Feb. 24th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
I love that photo of Emily. And lots of love to you as well.

Also... :::points to what I said before:::

:::adds more hugs:::

Edited at 2009-02-24 01:25 am (UTC)
Feb. 24th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
"all 4 feet!"

And 3 million toes!

Sorry about the surgery hon. Still let us know if you need anything. Except Wednesday, we won't be here then. But the rest of the week, lynx is off work and will be around.
Feb. 24th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
Dang, bummers about the boo boo paw. Heal well!
Feb. 24th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
Feb. 24th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)

Why was I not paying attention?!?

And you have to have surgery! I'm so sorry. I wish I were there to bring you soup and...I don't know, defend your prop-up pillow from kitties.
Feb. 24th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
Oh, man-- so sorry to hear about the surgery. Hope things get WAY better MUCH faster afterwards!

All 4 feet! And PINK TOES!! So cute...glad she's being helpful. Really.
Feb. 24th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
Yikes, sorry to hear about the surgery! I really hope it goes well! What hospital will you be at?

I had a plate and about 7 screws put into my ankle when I broke it a couple years ago. Sadly, I cannot blame the ice for my injury, instead I blame ninjas!! (for making me fall down the stairs)
Feb. 24th, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
Awww! good luck with your surgery!
Feb. 24th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
OMG Emily.

*hugs you*
Feb. 24th, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
Oh, man. So sorry to hear about the upcoming surgery. Good luck. Sidney and I will be thinking of you.
Feb. 25th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the surgery, but better now than later, I suppose.

Best of luck and a speedy recovery!

Mar. 2nd, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yargh! Hope the surgery went well! ::hugs::

And thanks for the pile-o-feet pic.
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