In Retrospect

I recently had what should be the last X-ray of my broken arm. Just for reference, here’s my arm right before surgery (6 weeks after it broke):

xray Jan 29

Here’s what it looks like now:

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Although it appears that the surgeon wasn’t too handy with his hammer, the bone is now aligned and healing well. I already have full range of shoulder motion and my strength is slowly improving.

Through it all, I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on the experience. Yes, it hurt (more than childbirth, I think), I’m still a little loopy from all the pain pills and anesthesia, and I don’t think I’ll ever feel comfortable wearing a sleeveless top again. But there have been a lot of positives, too:

  1. The pain meds were fantastic (in fact, I sort of miss them)
  2. I got to stay in bed and sleep for days
  3. I didn’t have to make dinner, do laundry, or go to the grocery store
  4. Many, many friends showered me with sympathy, meals, flowers, and even gifts
  5. My hairdresser and massage therapist made house calls
  6. The sling offered a handy place to keep essentials
  7. My slept through the night for about three months
  8. I’ve slowed down and have become more patient
  9. I lost 10 pounds and have high hopes that I won’t find them
  10. I’ve come up some new and exciting ideas for AnnBuddKnits — stay posted!