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Old 03-12-2018, 05:23 AM   #46
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I've cracked the root password problem. It's simple really: before each upper case letter I put the caps lock down. It feels weird to use it for single letters but it means that I can type upper and lower case letters with the same pressure and I don't get repetition errors.
 
Old 03-12-2018, 10:34 AM   #47
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I've cracked the root password problem. It's simple really: before each upper case letter I put the caps lock down. It feels weird to use it for single letters but it means that I can type upper and lower case letters with the same pressure and I don't get repetition errors.
Adapt and overcome is my motto in life. Still have not figured out how to adapt and overcome a toothache though.
That one is either oh crap, or, oh well. I am glad that is over.
 
Old 03-12-2018, 03:22 PM   #48
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I'm sorry I skipped by this thread, I thought it was going to be about ARM processors, not a physical broken arm, after all this is a computer forum. :lol:

Sorry you've been having a hard time, but I see that you have had support, it's nice to have friends who care.
All the best.
 
Old 03-13-2018, 05:09 PM   #49
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I'm so sorry. Do what the doctor tells you including limiting typing. That depends on where the break is of course. And KT Tape is a miracle. First time I heard of it I thought it was quackery. It's not. It's really helpful.
 
Old 03-15-2018, 05:20 AM   #50
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Shoulder dislocation.

Means that the ligament that holds the shoulder ball in the socket is tearing. Meaning that the probability of recurrence is high. Non surgical practices can bring the probability down to about 40% while a surgical (keyhole) procedure to bind the torn part brings it down to less than 10%. BUT the shoulder has to be totally immobilised for about two to three weeks.

All the best.

OK

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Old 03-15-2018, 07:38 AM   #51
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The accident happened on 25th February and I have worn a sling ever since, so the shoulder has been immobile for nearly three weeks. That should have given the torn ligaments plenty of time to heal. The gross swelling in my right hand due to lymph escaping from the damaged tissues around the shoulder has completely gone, and the fact that there is no pain is a good sign too.

I am going in tomorrow for an X-ray and check-up so I shall be able to tell you more after that. As far as recurrence is concerned, my reading suggests that it is rare in the old. The most likely people to dislocate a shoulder for the second time are athletic young men!
 
Old 03-16-2018, 01:36 PM   #52
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OK, so here's the news. The first thing is that I completely misunderstood what had happened. I thought I had two injuries: a dislocation and a fracture in the shaft of the humerus (like the one my mother had). But there was only one complex injury. The head of the humerus hit the ground and fractured into three pieces. The dislocation was a secondary consequence. That explains why the surgeon was so doubtful about whether they could get the joint fixed simply by manipulation. He said there was only one chance in three that it would work, so I take my hat off to him for managing it.

Today, for the first time, I was actually shown an X-ray of the injury (as it is now). Perhaps it is not a coincidence that this was also my first session with a woman orthopaedist. I could see the three pieces clearly. She said that it seemed to be knitting well, but it's all cartilage; there is no calcification yet.

I have been given a different kind of sling and some new exercises. Now I am to fold the elbow using the biceps muscle rather than the other hand. That muscle needs to be used again! And I am to dangle the arm straight down and rotate it like a rotary pendulum. But I am strictly forbidden to raise the arm either forwards or sideways.

I asked her if I would be able to play the cello again but she couldn't promise that.
 
Old 04-09-2018, 09:28 AM   #53
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Today was my final orthopaedic appointment! I have been formally handed over to physiotherapy.

They took more X-rays, which show that one of the two gaps is partly calcified and the other completely so. I am out of the sling and have been told that I can now move the arm backwards and forwards (but not sideways) as high as it will go without pain. I can't lift it more than 30 degrees under its own power, but if I raise it with the other hand, it will rise to 90 degrees quite comfortably.

I still can't handle a mouse with it, but I can type. However left-handed typing is still more comfortable.

My first physio appointment is on Wednesday.
 
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I hope Wednesday goes well, all the best.
 
Old 04-13-2018, 06:42 AM   #55
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I hope it all went well and they set you up with the right activies. It'll be a bit of work I expect.
 
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This is going to be the unpleasant part. I have very restricted arm movement at present, although the hand is almost back to normal. By itself, the right arm won't rise beyond 90 degrees. So I have been given an exercise to stretch the shoulder ligaments, and it is bloody painful to carry out! I am supposed to use the left arm and hand to raise the right one as close to 180 degrees as possible, a few times every hour, lying on my back. I haven't got there yet.

Another weird thing. I have to do this exercise on my bed because, if I lie down on my back on the floor, I get intense vertigo. Now that never happened to me before. I get vertigo on ladders (just as my father did) but not normally while lying down. I suspect that it isn't really vertigo at all but a form of panic attack. Because the last time I was flat on my back on the ground, I was in intense pain, nursing a dislocated arm with my sound one, and panicking because I couldn't see a way to get up with no free arm available as a lever. Some people get flashbacks, some get bad dreams. I haven't had either so far, so I suppose I'm lucky just to have this.
 
Old 04-13-2018, 03:48 PM   #57
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This is going to be the unpleasant part. I have very restricted arm movement at present, although the hand is almost back to normal. By itself, the right arm won't rise beyond 90 degrees. So I have been given an exercise to stretch the shoulder ligaments, and it is bloody painful to carry out! I am supposed to use the left arm and hand to raise the right one as close to 180 degrees as possible, a few times every hour, lying on my back. I haven't got there yet.

Another weird thing. I have to do this exercise on my bed because, if I lie down on my back on the floor, I get intense vertigo. Now that never happened to me before. I get vertigo on ladders (just as my father did) but not normally while lying down. I suspect that it isn't really vertigo at all but a form of panic attack. Because the last time I was flat on my back on the ground, I was in intense pain, nursing a dislocated arm with my sound one, and panicking because I couldn't see a way to get up with no free arm available as a lever. Some people get flashbacks, some get bad dreams. I haven't had either so far, so I suppose I'm lucky just to have this.
nerve damage/injury can cause this as well.
 
Old 04-13-2018, 07:59 PM   #58
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Remember what they said in jump school. Roll!
 
Old 05-08-2018, 01:14 PM   #59
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I thought folks might like an update and that this doesn't constitute necrobumping. I am greatly improved. I can play my cello again, and last week I gave my dog a bath for the first time since the accident. I also trimmed my front garden hedge with the electric trimmer (it needs two hands but it's a lightweight model). I still have restricted movement but the exercises are getting easier and less painful. Considering how severe the original damage was, I have been extraordinarily lucky, or blessed by God. As my mother would have said: "Ich bin mit einem blauen auge davongekomen!"
 
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Hazel, I'm very glad that you've improved from the injury to a point where the arm is far better.
 
  


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