Tuesday, December 08, 2009

i would knit comfy socks (& update on my progress)

if i could knit i would be making Comfy Socks on 8mm needles with 2 skeins of Malabrigo Aquarella or Fleece Artist Slubby Blue ....

.... or Clafoutis Bed Socks on 5.5mm or 6mm needles in:
And a quick update about my poor little arms ... they are doing quite well!

the wrappings on the right arm were getting loose and i was curious so i got sneaky and took them off to inspect the damage. there really isn't much, a pristine incision and some steri strips. pretty remarkable, eh?! the right arm really does not look orthopedic surgery-esqe. it just has a big band-aid on it now to protect the incision, hardly looks broken at all. 

the left wrist is more interesting. the cast was getting loose so i went back to th fracture clinic this morning and it was a sight when they took it off. it's swollen & bruised, as expected, but the sight was 3 hooks sticking out of the skin!  i sure did not expect to see that. i wonder how they will be extracted in the end?  will i need more surgery or will they just be yanked out with a pair of pliers?  i am getting the impression that orthopedic surgery is a field indirectly related to construction. 

anyway, when i saw my wrist i almost passed out.i don't know if it was from the sight or the rush of pain. in retrospect i suspect it was the pain, but at the time i just kept trying to envision grosser things than my limp, iron-maiden hand. i grew up next door to a reconstructive surgeon and the pictures in the trade magazines lying around his house were always a strong incentive to stay out of trouble.  after a few seconds of evaluating my proximity to fainting i gave up and the very nice casting tech, Phil, suggested i lie down. so in the end i did not faint at the sight of my hideous appendage. i guess this story only has a modest amount of value. 

anyway, i have to get back at it!  i'll be back at work tomorrow, wednesday, on my normal schedule until sunday. so see ya later gator!  ;-)


Sel and Poivre said...

Do not worry - the whole thing is come kind of amazing story - it really is!

Haley said...

thanks! as long as i am not boring you!

Noneofyourbusiness. said...

I've had pins in my right hand and what looked like an allen wrench holden my left wrist together, and I'll just go ahead and tell you- they pull them out with pliers. Make sure they numb you topically first- it does hurt.

Glad to hear you're doing better. I can't imagine having both arms broken at once- one wrist/hand at a time was bad enough for me! :(