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Old 02-14-2008, 08:57 PM   #1
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countdown to cast off

6 more days until I get my cast off my thumb and wrist. It will be so nice to shower that arm and use my thumb again. You don't realize how important a thumb is until you can't use it for 7 weeks. Not fun at all.

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Old 02-19-2008, 10:09 PM   #2
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Re: countdown to cast off

Cast comes off tomorrow!! Hurray! It has been 6 looooooooong weeks. I can not wait to bathe like a normal person. Bubble bath, here I come!

Old 02-21-2008, 12:47 PM   #3
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Re: countdown to cast off

Pre-congratulations!! I know how it feels, I broke my hand a few years ago and leg after that. It's going to be great to get that darn cast off (it will be smelly ) but then be prepared for a few months of rehabilitation. A lot of people get nervous about slow progress getting back to normal, but it will happen, and I'm sure it'll be better than new in no was for me. Good luck!

Old 02-23-2008, 01:35 PM   #4
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Re: countdown to cast off

Cast off!!! I've had casts before, but I have never been that peely. I now have a splint to take on and off, but the thing hurts me so I am trying to build strenght. I have the best built in PT in that I teach deaf kids and use sign language. Naturally I just start using my thumb and moving it more. At work, I have been keeping the splint on because the kids are pretty likely to take my hand and the nature of the class is that we work really close together. I don't want to risk re-injury while I am building strength back.

I am not supposed to dynamically grasp anything for the next 4 weeks. Well, I plan to go skiing in 2 weeks... I have a brace on order for that, but the no grasp instruction creates a problem. Skiing with no poles?? Probably. This is a far longer process than I ever expected, and I have had the experience of multiple injuries and surgeries.

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