After the fitting of my ugly splint the first appointment was all about measuring. How far I could flex my wrist in different directions. How uncomfortable that was. Not part of the fun especially when you compared both wrists. I have a ways to go before they are matched in the flexibility department. The two hands don't even look the same! The broken wrist at the beginning was swollen and quite stiff. While presently the swelling is almost gone I still have some stiffness in my fingers and of course in bending my wrist. Oh it is better, way better! This whole recovery is going to take some time and I do need to be patient which sometimes I am not.
So what fun things do I get to do?
This machine is one that I think could be improved upon. First of all you put your arm inside an arm hole of mesh fabric where they seal your arm around with velcro. Good thing because when they turn the machine on all this hull stuff starts flying around with warm air. Your suppose to make grabbing motions with your hand until the machine stops. I guess about 10 minutes. The improvement I have is there could be prizes inside that you keep searching for as you do the grabbing motion. I suggested a diamond ring on the high side or for Halloween some silly items like fake eyeballs, plastic bats, and candy. They laughed at me but thought that was a cute idea.
This is really fun to do! The Parabath. Doesn't that sound nice? The idea is to put your hand in this warmed wax, dipping into it five times. Letting it cool between dips till voila! You have what I call the hand candle! The point of this is to create warm heat therapy for my wrist. Once I have finished my dipping my hand is put into a plastic bag and then wrapped in a towel for about 10 minutes. I wondered how it was going to come off but it peels right off in one piece.
Ultrasound....you can't feel anything with this but under my skin it is to promote healing for my joints and muscles. They put a blob of blue (cold) gel on my wrist and roll it around and around for awhile. We can have a nice chat about this or that during this time. Passive therapy.
Strength or what little I have after the trauma my poor wrist has had, was recently tested. Last week I managed to squeeze to 15 pounds. Pathetic. This week I was pushing 23 pounds! Yippeee! The idea with this is you squeeze the handle and my therapist is able to read the dial of what I can do. I can't even see it as it faces away from me.
I do like the massage I get on my scar to reduce the scar tissue that can build up underneath. I also get much stretching of my wrist joint as well as the exercises I do at home repeated at my session. Theses past two weeks I have been doing weights. One pound weight. Impressive isn't it? My Love has had quite a chuckle over my weight lifting. He better watch out is all I can say.
Looks like I will have another 3 weeks to go before I am turned loose to do home strengthening and healing. I will be glad to not have to drive out there twice a week but I will miss the time spent with Jeff or Barbara. They're really nice folks and I have learned a lot about my wrist and the healing process of what happened simply by falling down on a hike. I am beyond grateful that I had such a good surgeon who fixed my broken bones.
I can't wait to see what new toys I will get to play with Friday.....maybe I will get to play with the playdough stuff they have.