How can I convince an orthopedist to give me the type of cast I want?
November 5, 2011 9:41 PM Subscribe
I broke the wrist on my right (dominant) hand. How can I convince an orthopedist to give me the type of cast I want?
posted by xyzzy to health & fitness (20 answers total)
I broke the tip of my ulna a couple days ago. The fracture is not displaced but does somehow invade the wrist joint space. I have a temporary splint they applied at the ER (that I've begun removing to type and prepare meals, against medical advice). I live alone, am on disability for mental illness, have no support system or friends to speak of, and am poor. I make my Christmas presents--knitting socks and scarves and sweaters, mostly. I also do a lot of typing and mousing and painting with a Wacom tablet. Just two days of wearing a splint that totally prevents all finger, wrist, and hand movement has almost driven me (even more) insane. I can't make coffee, prepare proper meals, type, or even drive effectively, much less engage in the few activities I use to deal with my severe mental problems. I am now constantly on the edge of tears. The thought of several weeks of this is pretty much unbearable.
How can I convince the orthopedist I must make an appointment with on Monday to give me some type of functional cast that allows for wrist and finger flexion? If this isn't possible, would it be completely crazy to treat my own broken wrist with a functional brace that I wear most of the time? I don't have much of a compass for taking care of myself, so I can't really tell if it's worse to be completely mentally and physically dysfunctional for 6 to 8 weeks or to possibly suffer an improperly healed fracture.