stephanie hughes broken arm wrist bone cast off brace stolen colon ostomy crohns blogMy arm has been freed! Thank the Lord, I got my cast off this morning! I do still have to wear a brace for the time being, but that’s just fine with me.

It was so strange to have the cast come out. My arm looks so small. I am pretty sure it’s a combination of muscle atrophy from not using it as much and just an optical illusion since my arm has looked so much bigger in the cast for the past several weeks. I will have to some physical therapy, just to make sure I get my full range of motion back. I should start that sometime next week.

I can see now just how dry and tired my skin has become since having the cast on. I spent a while in front of the sink earlier just scrubbing it down with soap. I’m looking forward to putting lots of lotion on it later!

The brace is velcro and removable. I will be able to take a normal shower, put my hands in the sink and wear long-sleeve clothes again! Maybe even get back in the pool soon. I am supposed to keep the brace on most of the time for the next two weeks, only removing it for a few minutes at a time. After that, I should be able to start using it less, especially when doing easy activities. We will have to see how the therapy goes and should have some more answers in the coming weeks as to when I can start back some activities. But I am already enjoying my new-found freedom in no longer wearing a cast!

3 thoughts on “Freedom!

  1. fred

    A friend of mine suffers from Crohn’s disease, and as she is in the midst of a fierce flare-up I stumbled upon your blog (curiosity).
    Well, good news you’re no longer in a cast. I had broken my arm couple of years ago, and it was not very convenient (to say the very least). My arm was smaller afterwards too. Took some time to regain its normal size. Doing everyday activities was painful for a while too.
    Anyway, good to read you’re no longer in a cast. Will make life a bit easier I guess (+ ostomy care). But be careful though, do not stress your arm, take it easy.

    1. Stephanie Hughes Post author

      Hi Fred, thank you for your note. Yes, I am very thankful to be out of that cast! I’m trying to take it easy, but that can get a little frustrating. I start occupational therapy next week, so hopefully that will help me figure out how long full recovery will take.

      I hope your friend feels better very soon. I wish I could do more, but please let her know that if she needs someone to talk to, I’m here.


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