What a journey!
This is the story of an injury that occurred on 11th December (2012) where a tiny knee-high garden wall tumbled out from under me & I fractured my right wrist as I landed awkwardly! hence cast no.1 on the left there, all in xmas colours!
2 weeks later (chapter 2!) the xray showed the bones had slipped out of alignment, & I had to have an operation to put them back where they’ll heal properly. So cast no.2 was created & my 6 weeks in a cast had to start all over again!
Cast no.2 was just a temporary one, because my hand was very swollen & bruised (look at the colour of that poor thumb!) so a new tighter one was needed a week & a half later. This one is still on there & due to come off on Feb 6th.
It’s been a weird but fascinating learning process! I’m a right handed nurse, mum, & artist: all very difficult jobs to do with a plaster on! In fact I’m not allowed to work with the patients with a cast on, because it can’t be washed, so it’s an infection control issue. My boss is going to get back to me with some research or something I can do for a few weeks instead.
The art however is the really interesting part! I can’t write or draw, but for some strange reason I can still paint! The only thing I can think of to explain this is that I’ve been writing & drawing since I was a toddler, so those pathways in my brain are very entrenched. Painting however, is something I’ve only started doing about 3 years ago, so maybe that pathway in my brain is newer? or perhaps I use a different part of my brain altogether for painting? who knows! But there are other new things I’ve discovered too: like being able to listen to 2 songs at once while painting left handed!
All that aside, I look forward to having 2 hands again, & I’m nervous about loss of function in that right hand (the docs have warned me that there might be a bit more work to do on it down the track). We think of broken bones as being a simple common injury, but I’ll never be so blase when I see a friend in plaster again! And I might just keep painting left handed & drawing right handed as a kind of art creation insurance!