Freehand

As many of you already know, I fell down some stairs and broke 2 bones in my hand a couple days before before SXSW. Well, now it’s the 21st of April and I just got the cast off. That’s a long time. I thought I’d break it down for you a little bit. Pun intended.
Warning: The last picture w/ the cast off is a little gross.

March 6th, 2008
Cast Number One
I was coming down the stairs with a basket of laundry at night on March 5th. I tripped near the bottom and landed on the tile floor. Hand looked pretty funky, so off to the emergency room we went. Whee. The next day, they put me in a cast. Amy never approved of this color.

March 7th, 2008
Presenting at SXSW
The very next day I flew out to Austin for SXSW, barely making it to the convention center in time for my book reading. I’m sure I sounded a bit nervous/unrehearsed because I hadn’t even looked at my slides for the 3 days prior to my presentation. (Thanks to Veeses for taking this photo.)

March 13th, 2008
Cast Number Two
I went in for a followup Xray the day after getting back to Columbia and the Doc said my bones had shifted and that I had 2 options: I could have surgery, or he could rebrake it and put another cast on it. Epic Fail. I opted for the rebraking, and the rest of that day was a pain-pill haze. Ugh. The next day I was feeling well enough to go back to work and started learning how to code with one hand and a pointer finger. Amy was much happier about this cast color. So much for Cyberwoven Orange.

March 29th, 2008
Brian's Wedding
On March 29th I served as a groomsman in Brian & Colleen’s wedding. I couldn’t drive go-karts at the bachelor party, and Amy had to un-stitch the arm of my tux jacket, but it was great to see old friends and former college roommates.

April 21st, 2008
No more cast.
I had an 8am appointment this morning to get my cast sawn off and this is what my hand looks like right now. Gross. I have very little movement in my little finger and ring finger, but it feels great to have that thing off my arm. The xrays looked good, but it’ll take 3-6 weeks of physical therapy to get my hand back to full-functionality. In the mean time, I look forward to taking showers without a plastic bag, sleeping without a sledgehammer, and getting to exercise again.

The moral to this story is NEVER BREAK YOUR HAND.

10 Comments

  1. Glad to see you back to near-full functionality 🙂

  2. Your bones had shifted?!
    I told you that bowling was a bad idea! ;-D

  3. Ah, I know what that feels like, Jason… I’ve had a pretty bad fracture on my left arm several years ago. Hope you’ll be as good as new soon! 🙂

  4. By “full functionality” you mean you’ll be able to do dishes again? And I won’t get slugged with the cast every time you roll over?!? There is a light at the end of this tunnel and its not the glowing orange thing you started with.

  5. Good to hear you got it off. Good luck with the physical therapy.. I know it’s not a whole heck of a lot of fun.

    So, you’ll be ready to go biking come this weekend I reckon.. good deal, good deal. 😛

  6. Jason, glad to see the cast is off….hope physical therapy goes well.

  7. Hang on there, Jason, you’re unfortunately not over yet. Those therapies can be very frustrating, so keep your head clear.

    God, I sound just like my mother!

  8. Hey Bro,
    Glad to see your hand is out of the cast. I got rid of my brace last week too. Horray freedom.

  9. why do i have to see your broken hand ?

  10. The hand is pretty much in bad shape bit there are improvements though.

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