Kag;37126 wrote: Did you see my post about your Mom, is she doing okay?
Yes, I saw your post. Thanks for asking.
I waited until she had her next examination at the hospital, because little could be told before that.
So, after she broke her wrist, I drove her to the hospital. An X ray showed the bone to be broken at a bad place: of the two major bones in the underarm, the smaller one was broken just before the wrist joint (sorry, there’s a name for each of these two bones, but I do not know these names in English).
So the broken bone was repositioned into the correct position, and then her underarm and most of her hand were put in … oops, I do not know the name for that material in English. I’m talking about a material that is almost fluid at first. It’s molded around the part of the body that contains the broken bone. It then dries and becomes a sturdy solid. That way, it fixes the broken bone so it can heal. Usually the material is white.
Anyway, her underarm and hand were fixated with that material. After one week, she had to return to the hospital. Another X ray was taken to check whether the two parts of the broken bone were still in the right position, and whether the healing process had started. Everything was fine.
Yesterday, the had to return to the hospital again for another check-up. The healing process is going well, especially considering her age (she’s 68). So the sturdy material was taken off and replaced by something much lighter and much more comfortable. Three weeks from now the doctors will check the healing process and decide whether the material can be taken off already, or whether one more week is needed.
So, she’s doing very well under the circumstances. Her neighbours help her open the difficult food packaging. My sister and I either invite her for dinner, or visit her and prepare dinner at her place. She can cook some meals with only one hand, but she’d like to also eat things she now cannot prepare, so we help her. We also help her with practical things like hanging out the laundry for drying (she has no dryer).