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    Broken Hand - Update

    On March 20th I broke my left-hand as a result of a fall while returning with a Sunday School class from day trip to Cumberland Island. Nine weeks later, the cast is off and the pins are out! PTL!!! Initially my left hand would not hardly move. I had about 6 lb. of grip. Today I was able to cut the grass w/ a self-propelled mower. I can almost close my left-hand. The little finger is still bent but the rest of my fingers working better. Only real pain is in the knuckles. Don't know why. Swelling is much reduced. I can hold a revolver with the left-hand as some support. Think it might work w/ a semi-auto. Going to put a little Marvel .22 LR conversion unit on my 1911 frame and see how things go. When I got burned it took almost a year to get the full use of my left-hand and arm back. Hopefully this time my hand will heal well enough so that I can again play the guitar, shoot my guns, etc. Sincerely. bruce.

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    Are you getting physical therapy? After 9 weeks of being immobile that hand could probably use some special attention

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    It is normal for any one to be weak, stiff and painful alert 6-8 weeks in a cast. pat would help get it back to normal faster. Just using it will work but take longer. Hope you get it back to normal soon.
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    I suspect like me, you will be looking at arthritis. I broke my thumb in a motorcycle accident when I was 18 and no issues util about 5 years ago. Now I have it in the joint where the finger becomes my palm. I have this huge knot to remind me about it all the time and it's tender too. Tough getting old.
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    Re:Therapy. Am getting physical therapy. Have made significant progress. When the cast was first taken off, I could barely move anything but my thumb and index finger. Swelling pretty much prevented any movement of the other fingers. Now my hand is almost back to normal size. My fingers have just a little bit of swelling. I have a exercise appliance that was used in one of the sessions at the rehab facility. I ordered it off Amazon. It goes from 5 - 50 lbs. in 5 lb. increments. I can now work it at the 10 lb. setting. It took a long time to get my strength back after the fire. I don't now expect overnight results. I am going to follow the instructions given to me. I figure those folks know a lot more about recovery from a hand injury than I do! Sincerely. bruce.

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    Will be hoping and praying for a full recovery on your hand and being able to use it!
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    About 12 years ago I shot myself in the ankle bone -------------with a nail gun. Sunk a 2 1/2" ring shank right up to the head. A screw and a cast and about 6 weeks later I thought I would walk right out of there when it came off. Man, I was in for a big surprise. Never had a cast on till I was about 55 so how was I suppose to know.
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    Never had a cast or broke a bone. When I had Lumbar fusion surgery, the surgeon commented that he had a hard time drilling holes in me for the screws. Said he had to get a new drill bit half way through due to my bones being harder than usual
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    Bruce mate, you will make a full recovery. Time is a precious commodity..

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    Glad things are getting better. Keep following the therapists instructions. Use the hand as tolerated, rest when fatigued and don't over do it. That "No Pain, No Gain" theory is a bunch of BS, and have had treated people that re-injured because they over did it. Over time you should gain increased movement and strength and dexterity. Keep us posted.
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