Three months after my (life saving) bone graft, I went for a follow up to see if the bones had healed ok. One side of the scaphoid bone has joined and healed ok…the other side hasn’t. So far.
The surgeon thinks it may just need more time (he has known it to take 18 months to join together). But for now, I literally can’t do anything else apart from wait for another 2 months and then go back for a follow up and another CT scan to check it.
On the picture below, you can just about work out where the bone has joined…and you can see a big gap where the screw is, where the bone tissue doesn’t even look close to joining on the other side. (Looks like it needs some concreate pouring in there never mind bone tissue joining).
The physio who I’ve been seeing, almost weekly, and was (slowly) getting my wrist to move again, now can’t do much more with me either because pushing my hand further or doing more physio could damage the bone repair. So I’m stuck for a few months with a gimp hand.
I never thought it’d be this much hassle (and obviously I didn’t realise I’d done that much damage to it initially). To say I’m totally over not being able to use my right hand fully is an understatement…especially as I’m right handed. So no lifting anything slightly heavy…I can’t even pick up a kettle, or carry a cup of tea…no putting pressure on it, shaking hands, blah blah blah.
To give you an idea how much I can move my hand refer you to diagram 2. Diagram 1 is how far I can bend my left hand back without thinking about it. Diagram 2 is how far back my gimp hand goes (it doesn’t go much further bending it the other way either).
The surgeon told me my hand will never get back to ‘normal’ again (normal = how it was before op), and that it’ll be 12 months before it’s “as normal as it’ll get”, whatever that means. He also told me I’ll never be able to do push ups again.
Oddly, he didn’t tell me any of that before the operation.
So, sadly, even though my fingers still work and I can continue my classical piano career, I’ve had to regrettable withdraw from the World Push-Up Championships. It was a devasting blow, especially when I think back to my record breaking 3 push-ups I last done about 10 years ago.
If I could grow a decent goatee I’d be contemplating life as a Jeremy Beadle impersonator. Some things, obviously, aren’t meant to be.