X-Ray Show & Tell

I had no desire to look at the x-rays (or even my arm) the day I broke it. I have trouble watching violent movies or tv shows; if a person gets injured, it makes my stomach turn and my insides hurt. I figured looking at any of it would only make it psychologically more painful.

After two and a half weeks, I was curious to see the x-rays. I’ve been gaining more mobility and strength every day. I had a follow-up appointment today and asked to get copies of the images for my records.

Time for show and tell!

I broke the radius bone in my left arm:


Broken radius bone, left arm


After they confirmed the break, the doc set the bone:


Radius bone after being set


Radius Bone, set


I had surgery the same day. The doctor put in a titanium plate and 6 screws:


Titanium plate, radius bone


Titanium plate, radius bone


At my appointment today, my doctor told me, “Look at this! Where is your fracture? Your bone is healing.”


Xray 17 days after surger


The doc also said in 6 to 12 months I can decide if I want to remove the plate. I asked him how often people have it removed. He said out of 10, maybe 6 people leave it in. It mostly depended upon if there was any muscle pain or irritation around the plate. He also said that it would not set off metal detectors when I go through airport security. Hurrah! So, we’ll see.

I got the stitches out today. I can take the bandage off in 2 days and start applying scar cream.

I still can’t believe the speed of this whole process. I am thankful for great doctors and the way God designed our bodies to heal!


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  • Reply bo

    whoa! This was way more intense than I thought. Heal up! Feel better.

    January 23, 2015 at 8:50 am
  • Reply Julie

    I have just done this — how long where you in plaster and RU ok now ? — I decided to give it a couple of weeks without plate just to see — looks like I made wrong decision hope u ok now 🙂

    May 23, 2015 at 3:46 pm
    • Reply Leah

      I never had a plaster cast, just a plastic piece for stabilization and then gauze wrapped around it. I had my last check up appointment this morning and am doing great! I’ve had full motion for a couple of months now, and my break/surgery was at the beginning of January. 

      Hope you heal quickly!

      May 25, 2015 at 4:30 am

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