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Freehold DM wrote:
My god. What is the worst case scenario here?
Worst case is a fused DIP joint and pain when using it. Realize, this is only the DIP joint (end one), not the middle or hand/finger joints. It could be worse. Who knows? Maybe the joint will re-form once the distal bone is screwed together and heals. Total worst case, I give up flute and switch back to bagpipes.
I feel it's incumbent upon thoughtful, intelligent people to sit on juries if they are able. It's the only thing that can make the jury system successful. Because rational people are desperately needed to balance out the jurors who believe things like, say, "If a woman cheats on her husband, she would certainly kill him. She's guilty." Not that I ever heard that said 30 seconds into deliberation or anything. *headdesk*
Second surgeon said same as first: she might be able to pin things together enough to make the finger comfortable and stable, at least, but she doubts it will be functional. The distal bone is shattered into so many pieces, she fears it won't successfully form the DIP joint. So I go Thursday to have pins stuck through the thing and sticking out of the skin, yay. As to whether or not I can ever play again, that remains to be seen.
I have no work scheduled for this morning. So, I will do some billing, drop off the CDs that I transcribed, possibly pick up some new work, definitely pick up some checks. Then I will come home and work on some game publishing material. This evening, it's the nanny job.
See Patrick? You're not the only one with a hodgepodge of support endeavors. ;)
Yes, that's true. I never said it's solely for amnesia. What I'm saying is that there are other substances that don't cause amnesia that they will use upon request, so you can remember. They default to amnesics without informing us. This bothers me.
I'm talking about twilight anesthesia, in which drugs are given to deliberately prevent the formation of new memories during medical procedures. Pretty handy for practitioners, isn't it? And yes, it's deliberate. I have requested they skip the Versed, and I remember those procedures. This totally creeps me out. Call me paranoid.
You will note I qualified "deprived of memory" with "deliberately by another person". If you ignore parts of a statement, you're not really replying to/refuting the statement.
I went through a surgery with a local anesthetic and was surprised that I couldn't remember it. When I asked why, the anesthesiologist told me about amnesic drugs that they use routinely at the end of procedures done under local so patients don't remember the discomfort during the procedure. These were not disclosed in advance, nor was permission granted to use them. They have to tell you every little possible outcome of the surgery, but not that they're going to wipe your memory. I find this violating and horrifying. In subsequent surgeries, I have requested they omit the amnesic, and they have done so. So yes, I remember hurting during surgery, I remember having teeth chiseled out of my jaw, and I just don't care. Those are my memories and it's my choice to keep them.
You're welcome to take amnesics. They are not for me.
Whew! Just finished a transcription of a really long conference speech about how to do and evaluate science. Incredibly interesting! I learned about Bayesian analysis, Thomas Kuhn's philosophy of science, and all sorts of information on evaluating the validity of scientific studies. I feel like a fraud for turning in an invoice for this work, I learned so much.
But I'm sending an invoice anyway.
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Patrick Curtin wrote:
You fools! :shakefist:
Where have all the pie charts gone?
Where have all the pie charts gone?
Patrick Curtin wrote:
Just don't let them sucker you into never-ending salaried work.
Celestial Healer wrote:
I can type fairly well for a while, then - because the ring finger is being held straight - my middle and pinkie fingers lock up and won't bend. My accuracy is terrible. I think having the finger gone would be better than having it there and splinted.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a wonder, though. I have found a way to have it automatically transcribe the audio files I've been working on. I have to go behind and punctuate it, but that's only one listen through the file for me instead of the usual 3. AND, I can correct and punctuate the bulk of it with Dragon. So it will boost my throughput.
Realize, too, that the initial injury was not only to my ring finger, but it also strained the neighbor fingers and two fingers on my right hand. I was miserable typing for a while. Now I have muddled along with this entire post without much trouble!
Aaaaaand... coffee is ready! Woo!
I will feel better once my finger bones are pinned, tendons reattached, and it's no longer wiggling around like a loose milk tooth.
As for today's procedure, clean living and a love of fiber-rich vegetables wins the day. I have the colon of a 20-year-old.
I'm not telling who I got it from.
I agree with you about 5, pin. We're not that kind of group. I personally don't like the nat 1 or nat 20 rules because of their high probability, particularly at higher levels. I mean, sure, there's a chance an Olympic gymnast will fall while walking on the beam, but I don't think that it's 5%. That might be true for a novice, but certainly not for a L20 gymnast.
I'm fine with tossing them all, meself.
I slept for 8 hours. I have coffee. I have an appointment to get my (9) nails done and am going to ask if they can wash my freaking hair because I can't do it well. I have a gift card for a department store and may get my first brand new clothes in a year or so.
It's going to be a good day.
Honestly, it's not that bad. The surgeon who can do it right away will be happy to do the work for twice the standard price according to the healthcare bluebook. Also he gets one star on Yelp reviews, while the surgeon I'm waiting to see is a consulting surgeon for the Rockies and Broncos. I prefer in the orthopedic groups that treat the professional sports teams because there's typically nobody better. The owners take care of their assets as long as their assets are still making money for them, right?
If I end up with a frozen DIP joint, it'll hardly be noticeable. It doesn't hurt that much now and I just want them to be certain it doesn't hurt in the long run, as much as I use my hands. The splint is TOTALLY in the way for everything, but I spent 90 whole dollars on Dragon transcription software and can now function pretty darned well at work. It's not too bad using hunt and peck to edit text while Dragon does the bulk of the work for me. I may end up making more money per hour on my transcription work, which is flat-fee, because Dragon accelerates the process so much. And really, I've got insurance. I shouldn't need to do fundraising, right? So I'm chill. It'll get fixed somehow, someday. I'm not climbing the walls about it any more.
But would I actually have to know how to code, or would the finger do it for me? I haven't coded fluently in any language developed since about, say, 1980. ;-)
Oh my God, this speech to text program puts in the emoji for "winky face"! Ruffle. But it apparently doesn't know rolling on the floor laughing.
boring finger update:
The surgeon I saw yesterday confirmed that both the flexor and extensor tendons have avulsion fractures, meaning that they have pulled chunks of the bone off distal (fingertip) bone. The good news is, the tendons are trapped in an extended position rather than retracting into the hand. The bad news is, the distal bone is fractured lengthwise down the middle and cannot form a joint. It is also not stable enough to reattach the tendons. He wants to operate immediately and stabilize the bone and reattached tendons to try to form a decent joint. Only problem is, he doesn't take my insurance so this would be $5000 out-of-pocket, plus whatever the anesthetist charges. My in-network surgeon won't see me before June 1, by which time the bones will be setting and fusing. So I developed this plan – not a good plan, but a plan – to pull and squeeze the finger joint every day so the bones can't set. Then I'll wait till June 1 when I may be able to get it treated surgically under insurance. Fun, fun.
I hear that. My primary client will be out of town for 6 weeks - no pay from them. And if I am going to be one-handed for a while, all my projected income is roughly halved, because keyboarding will take roughly twice as long as expected. I am looking into speech to text now.
Good luck with the test. Why does it take so long?
Revising earlier guess before I see the surgeon. I think both the flexor and extensor tendons are detached. In researching repair, the key to success is absolutely no tension on the repair site. That means repairing both at once should be impossible. Best guess: repair flexor first. 3 months in cast, 3 months rehab to stretch it. Then repair extensor, possibly with graft. 3 more months in cast, thenvery long rehab. I bet this thing is going to take the better part of 2 years to fix, of which I'll be one-handed for 6 months. I am handling this with all the grace and serenity of the love child of Gordon Ramsay and the Tasmanian Devil. Paint is blistering off the walls of the apartment. Any future dogs will weigh no more than 3 pounds. If they get heavier, things start getting amputated.