Well I made the trek to the wrist consultant today, having risen at 5 I made it (to his first appointment of the day) with ten minutes to spare, was seen 40 mins late.
He has some fantastic software that interprets the CT images into actual bones, it looks odd! Apparently 2 screws are into the joint which is bad, he could take the plate out but because my wrist is no longer a wrist he has ‘no idea what should attach to what’ and so he is 40% sure that if the plate comes out the wrist will collapse.
There is an option to remove just the two screws but as he turned my wrist over he remembered that its ‘a bloody mess’ and he doesn’t want to cut into it, I teased him that he was scared and he was quite adamant that he could do a good job but just didn’t really want to.
But I can’t take any weight on my right risk I ventured “of course not its buggered” came the cheery reply. And so the consultant suggested that we don’t do anything until the ‘next operations’ whoa there soldier said I ‘what next operations? Did I miss a meeting?’
He patiently explained:
– your wrists are destroyed
– you say they are already hurting more than they used to and your only 6 months in
– it will only get worse
– when the pain is too much we operate
Apparently its always been on the cards to fuse them later (so I was wise to keep quiet about lefty) its just a matter of time. Fusing is carried out from the top so won’t disturb the scar, I did ask if he could fuse the jaunty angle and he showed me his wrist and said ‘we will aim more towards this sort of shape so it will look more normal but move less normally’
So I thanked him and as I went to leave the nurse asked if ‘Mr Young needs to make another appointment’ and was told ‘yes when he is in constant agony’ and then he turned to me and said ” I would prefer to see you when your looking forward to the operation rather than when your concerned over loss of use’
Next stop Physioterrorist