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progression of Casts by secretplanet

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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!


fracture, injury, right wrist, arm, plaster, fibreglass, cast

“Ria Gilham is a self taught artist with a remarkable eccentric realist style influenced by her medical training. Expressing her love of fantasy and tales of the imagination, her paintings appear as scenes from yet to be written legends.”
Betty Nolan, Nolan Art Hobart Tasmania

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  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasover 1 year ago

    Great looking casts! hope you heal well!

  • thanx! it’s been off for a few days now, so i’ve got a funny looking chicken foot on the end of my arm! just have to get it moving again so i can draw!

    – secretplanet

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