I had my cast removed and a 2 1/2” pin taken out (yes, ouch) and I have a temporary splint. My doctor assured me that it wouldn’t hurt to pull out the pin, but that it might sting a little. I’d love to pull a pin out of his hand and see if he still believes that. In all fairness, it wasn’t painful as much as it was incredibly irritating and uncomfortable. I just wanted the pin out and was relieved when it finally was. (It seemed to take forever.) My hand feels somewhat traumatized but I’m sure it will improve quickly.
Now I wait to hear from the occupational therapy clinic to make an appointment to get the “real” splint made. Hopefully soon. I need to wear the splint for 3 weeks full time, and after that part time, the amount of time depending on the progress of the healing.
Physio won’t start for at least 3 weeks. This splint has a stretchy bandage on the outside, so it’s somewhat more limiting than the cast in terms of what I can do. The biggest advantage is the ability to bare my arm for the shower. Great – after I’ve gotten really good at holding my arm up in the air and away from the water in the shower. I must say I’m tired of doing things mostly one handed, and I thought I was a patient person. Apparently this isn’t always the case.
I managed a photo of my hand at the hospital, and there’s a difference in the shape of my hand above the wrist. The splint is holding my thumb more securely than the cast did, and it feels rather strange. What a process!