Remember I do this stuff so you don’t have to! I finally discussed the ‘spare screw’ as is much beloved of all of my engineering colleagues. As we thought, it is there for a purpose and that is to draw the long split in the bone together.
Interestingly the screws that present a difficulty, picture below for reference, are the ones at the top. In the right hand image it’s screws number 1,3 & 5 which if you looked at the detailed images today you can see are driven through multiple bones and therefore are locking the wrist.
Physioterrorist has 2 months to explore the limits of movement that I have now and then CT scan will determine if there is enough strength in the joint to remove the plate and replace with a straight plate to free up the wrist end, alternatively we could remove the troublesome screws and gain some mobility.
The other interesting point of righty is that the large wound and exposed tendon is not the area that presents the greatest risk, that honour is reserved for the artery that is now running down the right hand side of the hole and becoming constricted in the scar tissue. Note to self “if slashing wrists follow new line”. Apparently the constriction is also responsible for the sensation issues, essentially where the flesh is ‘folding over’ its displacing the clever bits and strangling them. As with everything else these are things that don’t need attention if I can learn to accommodate them so, in honour of Jo’s half glass theory, I am considering these as modifications rather than defects.