Brace, Cast, Dynamic Splint, Standard Splint, Repeat…

I got my final cast removed on Tuesday.  To say I was excited was an understatement – The thought of being able to take a shower without a cast cover was like me attending the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.  (If you know me, then you know I am a huge Olympic fan who loves to watch committed athletes do their thing) So taking in the cast removal was like removing my protective blanket.  I was now bare, like before, but this time I could see a bar that caused my skin to be raised and my wrist was larger than it had ever been before. It definitely looks different! There is a process of adaptation that needs to happen.  I know it will come in time, as my life has been “under construction” the last 16-months, and now I am coming full circle.  With one surgery left, the light is at the end of the tunnel.  The deciding factor is when to actually have the (what is believed at this time to be the last… Things always change, after all this wrist surgery was supposed to be delayed a few years and that didn’t happen. UGH!)  last surgery to repair my ruptured ligament on my right pointer finger.  This would require another surgery, outpatient (thank goodness!) and then it’s the dynamic splints that make the kids believe I am Edward Scissorhand.  The process is rather intense and not something I will look forward too.  I am actually going to ask Karin today for her opinion. Wish me luck!

I have been thinking about the last year and all the surgeries.  Prior to the surgeries of 2013, my life was committed to protective coverings.  I had been wearing a wrist brace on my left hand since 2010.  It became an extension of me.  Then shortly after I arrived back in Arizona, I was then not able to move a portion of my right hand, thus requiring adaptive measures.  In the last 3-4 years, I have owned and worn about 19 different types of braces, splints, or casts.  As the title of this BLOG notes,  the “repeat” part is truth.  I may always be wearing something as it has become a part of my confidence and just my whole being.  As some of my close friends would say “It makes you YOU and we like you unique” – I will continue to go with that, because as you know, I hope to always be positively different in this life.

Make it Count by adapting to the life you have been given with appreciation and a smile!

Ashley Stevenson