Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Every picture tells a story, don't it

I managed to talk my clinic into giving me copies of my x-rays on disc yesterday. Something like this "normally takes two to three days" I was told, but they grudgingly did it. In the first picture I outlined the broken piece of bone in red, and circled the area in yellow. In subsequent pics, the area is outlined in yellow only. So here's a picture of the original x-ray, taken back on July 2, about 10 days after my fall (click to embiggen).

And the same picture without the red, so the gap is more visible. This is the x-ray that the radiologist said was not a fracture.

Then we have the x-ray from two weeks later, on July 21. Pretty much the same from this angle.

This one shows a strange bump than neither my doc or I remarked on.

At this point I was put in a cast, because both doc and radiologist agreed it was a non-displaced fracture. After 4 weeks in the case, I had a third set of x-rays taken, on 8/19. Now I'm no doctor or radiologist, but it doesn't look like anything has changed. This is the shot that made my doctor say, "That looks like a non-union." and refer me to the hand guy.

I was showing these pictures to my daughters tonight, and Morgan said, "Dad, that's a pretty small piece of bone that's broken off. Do you need that?" And I thought, probably not. I'm sure the hand guy will totally agree.


5 comments:

The Old Bag said...

You know, life is full of small irritants that we'd be better of shedding. I'm SURE this is one!

What a great statement! Kids have such a great perspective on the world.

Good luck with solutions -- I wish you patience!

Yon Saucy Wench said...

Embiggen?

midway cyclist said...

"non-union" doesn't sounds good. From the x-ray, it seems like they could just yank that little chip out and be done with it. I've got a nice, sharp pocket knife and a fresh bottle of gin...

Pete said...

If we hadn't already met our deductible this year, I would take you up on the pocket knife and bottle of gin offer.

And what's wrong with embiggen? It's a perfectly cromulent word.

Snakebite said...

@Wench - please do not give him another "Word a Day" calendar for x-mas this year.