Outpatients today – three month check up. Actually a week early because we are off on holiday next week 🙂
Today was x-rays and appointment with the lovely Mr F. Having had several x rays since March I consider myself to be a bit of a pro, so this morning when I was getting dressed I carefully chose what I was going to wear as any metal has to be removed. I wore a sundress in the knowledge that I would have to take the bra off from underneath but confident I would be able to do this as I practised before I left the house. As a matter of fact it was the second dress that I chose to wear as I got completely stuck trying to get the first dress on and had to call George to release me from where I had trapped myself in my dress with my stiff shoulder.
On arrival to the hospital, I was called through to x-ray and the radiographer asked me if I had metal on. I told him I did in my bra but I was able to remove it. I originally learnt how to remove a bra from under a dress as a student playing strip poker and was quite smug I was able to do it even with a stiff shoulder.
‘What about this?’ the radiographer said, pointing out a metal clasp on the shoulder of the dress. Hmm, how had I missed that? I asked if I could pull the strap down and he told me I would have to take the arm right out on that side. Now, I knew there was not a cat in hells chance I could do that but I was keeping quiet. ‘I think it’s best if you put on a gown’ said the radiographer.
After the x -ray I went into see Mr F. ‘I’m bloody chuffed’, he said. ‘It all seems to be healing nicely and this bit on the top has not dropped off!’. That sounded like good news to me, albeit I wasn’t expecting anything to drop off. Like me, he was a bit disappointed with the movement that I have got but said that I can start pushing it now, and that the physio can start inflicting pain. ( She wasn’t already?)
Mr F. told me that the arm is not pushed too much for the first three months as the bone is still healing and that I should get some good progress for the next few months. He drew me this diagram to illustrate the fact.
What I found interesting was the point where the rate of progress gets quicker – I wrongly thought it was from 6 weeks reaching a plateau at 3 months, whereas from the diagram and explanation rate of improvement increases from 3 months – so the good news is I am hitting that phase now.
‘Are you swimming yet?’ he asked. ‘ Well in that case start’. Whoopee!!
I think Mr F. has no idea that when I see him and he ‘gifts’ me the ability to drive, swim and move my arm more, from my perspective it is like he is handing out jammy dodgers.