doc in private practice venting steam....because life is more than just stethoscopes, syringes & getting woken up at unearthly hours.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
the boy injured himself playing football. when i examined him, it was obvious his right wrist was not the normal shape. our worst fears were confirmed when xrays showed that he had fractured 2 bones. he braved thru the pain & only cried after he found out he had to go for surgery. i thought that was rather valiant.
the advantage of working in a hospital is that you get things sorted out in double-quick time. it took just an hour from A&E to xray to OT. the procedure involved inserting 2 wires to stabilise the fractures, followed by an arm cast, which he has to keep on for a month.
he can still go to school, but he can't have music lessons till the cast is removed in a month & no more football or other contact sports for a further 2 months. his friends provide much moral support by visiting him in hospital & at home, bringing gifts to soften the blow (pun definitely intended!)....
of course, in line with tradition, they get to autograph his cast...