[Moose is currently recovering fabulously, but here’s what went down for the first half of his recovery]
After a week of humility in a straight-leg splint and several percocets later, Moose had an appointment with the orthopedic doc. Here are the highlights:
- Moose didn’t need surgery. (Praise His Noodley Noodliness.) If anything, the doc is against surgery for people who aren’t elderly and more frail, as he’s a proponent of letting the body do its thing. Right on.
- Moose was given a full leg fiberglass cast. Half green, half purple. HULK SMASH.
- Fun fact: The periosteum around the bone becomes engorged and forms a sac around the break, filled with all the cells and nutrients a healthy bone needs to heal big and strong.
- The doc’s assistant is kinda hot, mostly due to his impeccably snarky sense of humor.
- And progressive-seeming doc is a Trump supporter… “Tired of the politicians,” so he says. There’s always something.
I’d never really known how casts are applied around people’s limbs. My ignorance shows in the fact that I imagined something to do with plaster molds. Silly me. If you’re also unaware, they use fiberglass wraps that come in small rolls with a few feet of material. You wet the material and then get to work fast in wrapping it around the ailing limb. I think the assistant used about 6 packages of the fiberglass to wrap up his whole leg (Moose has the legs of Big Bird).
So Moose was scooting around on his butt for the majority of those 6 weeks to keep the weight off of his leg. And crutches were a pain in the pits. The percocet was terrifyingly addictive. The hospital had given him 6 pills to immediately take with him and also gave him a prescription he could fill later. He ended up taking 1 and then 2 and then 3 over the course of a day before throwing the rest down the sink. We never filled the prescription. He stuck to ibuprofen, profanity, and Tylenol for the rest of the few weeks it continued to hurt.
But Moose hasn’t let a bum leg render him too useless. If anything, I feel bad about the kind of work he’s done in his full leg cast. For example, he changed all for of our car’s brakes, which took at least 2 hours per tire over the course of a couple weeks. Such a trooper.
Michelle and Moose