After a comfortable night with my new improved access to the itchy bits I maintained my restraint and didn’t demolish any more of the cast.
Imagine my surprise when I semi woke to discover my arm was attached to my head! After some thought I realised what had happened and detached one of the pins from my hair, apparently only one is threaded!
The non threaded, well I’ve not seen it all yet, started to ‘walk’ its way out of my arm and caught all of my hair after acting as a most efficient barb. Now I hit the question that exceeds my medical ‘knowledge’ that is do we pull it out or push it in? Having considered the chances of the consultant believing that he miscounted and there is only one (slim) I concluded removal was not an option.
Simple then, push it back in and secure with tape, ah not so simple it appears! It seems we have exited a bone and can’t find the hole again, various attempts were unsuccessful so I left the pin 30 mm proud, now to secure.
Gaffer tape, Sellotape, surgical tape were all unsuccessful but fabric table was a winner unfortunately though the nature of the tape is that it is in compression so now every time I move the wrist or arm I am acutely aware that the pin end is pressing on bone.
Interesting observation is that the pin which is approximately 2.5mm diameter enters through a 5mm hole, I’m hoping this is intentional or at least it’s my body deliberately healing righty in preference over a temporary hole but it does look like the skin has shrunk away from the pin.
Remember I do this so you don’t have to!
Dr (ish) Gav