I saw the doctor yesterday and had the sutures removed. He took more x-rays. After months of looking at pictures of my arm with all sorts of metal in it it was strange to see unadorned bones with holes in them where the pins used to be. So the good news is, things are healing nicely. The not so good news is now that the metal is out and there is an unobstructed view of the bone the doctor says he can see permanent damage to the bone that will continue causing problems (i.e. pain and loss of motion) in my wrist. He wasn't even going to send me back to therapy to work on it anymore and I said, 'No way! I went through this surgery to gain more use of my wrist and there is all sorts of post surgical stiffness and pain that needs to be worked through. I cannot rotate my wrist nor can I bear weight on it. I want therapy until it is demonstrated I will not make any more gains.' He ordered more.
In my mind I want to at least regain what I had BEFORE this last surgery. The two big goals that were unmet at that time were being able to play my guitar and being able to bear weight. I still have those goals. If I never gain any more wrist rotation I'll have to learn to play left handed. Ok, such is life. But bearing weight is still a big thing. Any hands and knees activity, bicycling, anything where I need to lean on both hands or lean on one and use the other, is more or less not happening...partly due to pain, partly due to inability to extend my wrist. Pain? Well, I guess we'll see what happens there though I am going to look into non-drug alternatives since tylenol doesn't cut it and narcotics are too strong (deathly allergic to aspirin therefore told to avoid ibuprofen & naproxen so that whole class of things flies out the window). Ok, enough of this.....I still have most of my function back even if it is modified, it's my non-dominant hand, I've come a long way already, etc. There's much more good than bad. I'm mostly just a tad annoyed by the way the doc seemed like he was trying to avoid the issue. He hasn't done that before so it threw me off.
In other news.....
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - Ottawa County will pay about $40,000 to correct an embarrassing typo on its Nov. 7 election ballot: The "L" was left out of "public." A total of 170,000 ballots will have to be reprinted. The mistake appeared in the text of a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would ban some types of affirmative action. The word "public" was misspelled one of the six times it appears, county Clerk Daniel C. Krueger said Tuesday. Five or six people in his office had proofread the ballot, but it was an election clerk who found the mistake early last week. "It's just one of those words," Krueger said. "Even after we told people it was in there, they still read over it."
Personally, I think they should leave it as is. I think they just found a way to increase voter turnout. Every election should have a spot the typo feature. Can you imagine the snickering in the booths when voters find the typo for this one?
This typo alone is so rich with possibilities in municipal elections. There could be referendums on funding of Pubic Libraries, increase in the budget for the Pubic Works Department, the decision to build a new Pubic Welfare Office. There's also the highly debated need for more Pubic Parks complete with Pubic walking and bicycling trails. Clearly I am terribly puerile to enjoy this so much.
UPDATE: Ok, I've been playing here. This gender guesser makes a prediction based on your writing style. I've run about a dozen blog entries through it and only come out as weakly female on about 4 of them. The rest are weakly male or off the chart male. Does this mean I need to blog with a deeper voice? Or do I have to stand up when I blog? I'm so confused...