WHEN BONES DON’T KNIT – MARILYN ARMSTRONG

Yesterday morning, I dropped the mouse for the computer in the bedroom. I reached down to pick it up and a pain shot through my chest, down my arm and I yelped.

I had a lot of heart surgery more than five years ago. Most of it has healed well. The thing that hasn’t healed properly is my breastbone. Surgeons split it in half when they work on your heart. Normally, it will take between 2 and 6 months to knit into a single unit. Mine didn’t knit, so it’s still a two-piece breastbone. Healed, but not knitted and held together with steel wire. Apparently, no medical technology exists that can convince a bone to knit if it doesn’t want to.

Typically, this is a problem on joints that cannot be immobilized — ribs, breastbone, shoulders, spine. And, I should mention that when one of these is broken, you discover that every single other thing in your body is connected to it. So it has been for the past two days. Moving really hurts. But only at certain angles while using my right arm.

I’m a rightie. Of course.

It seems a little better today than yesterday, but it’s still crunching with each breath I take. I can hear it through my inner ear. Creepy.

Every doctor I talked to assured me — energetically — that it would heal in three months. When after three months, it hadn’t healed, they said “Definitely by six months.”

When more than a year had passed, they shrugged, pointed out that there’s nothing they know of that will make a bone knit if it doesn’t feel like knitting. Nope. No glue. The only thing they could do is open me up and rewire me. “Why, ” I asked, “Would that improve the quality of my life?”

My doctor — my personal physician — shrugged. “It wouldn’t. Personally, I wouldn’t do it.”

It’s more than five years later, heading rapidly into six years. My chest still crunches when I breathe and sometimes pops out of place when I lift something with my right arm. It sometimes makes breathing pretty unpleasant and my right shoulder doesn’t like me anymore.

Meanwhile, I’m held together by some pretty tough steel wire. Doctors always seem so sure what will happen after the surgery. Except in my experience and for a lot of other people, it doesn’t necessarily go that way. Nerves don’t “calm down.” Bones don’t knit. You are left with a lot of weird problems you were sure were going to be gone. If at least the major part of the surgery worked, then I suppose it’s better than where you were at the start. I always want to trust my doctors because they mean well, but they aren’t me. So these days, I understand just because they believed it when they said it doesn’t mean it will happen that way.

JUST ONE OF THOSE CRAZY THINGS – WHEN THE BONE DOESN’T KNIT

Yesterday morning, I dropped the mouse for the computer in the bedroom. I reached down to pick it up and a pain shot through my chest, down my arm and I yelped.

I had a lot of heart surgery a couple of years ago. Most of it has healed well. The thing that hasn’t healed properly is my breastbone. Surgeons split it in half when they work on your heart. Normally, it will take as much as between 2 and 6 months to knit into a single unit. Mine didn’t knit, so it’s still a two-piece breastbone. Healed, but not knitted and held together with steel wire. Apparently, no medical technology exists that can convince a bone to knit if it doesn’t want to.

Typically, this is a problem on joints that cannot be immobilized — ribs, breastbone, shoulders, spine. And, I should mention that when one of these is broken, you discover that every single other thing in your body is connected to it. So it has been for the past two days. Moving really hurts. But only at certain angles when using my right arm.

I’m a rightie. Of course.

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It seems a little better today than yesterday, but it’s still crunching with each breath I take. I can hear it through my inner ear. Creepy.

All of this makes it difficult for me to do stuff. If I want this to settle down, find its notch, and stop hurting, I have to settle down and be as still as I can for a few days.

All of this is an explanation of why I’m not doing much. I wrote a bunch of posts which are already scheduled. There will be new posts, but otherwise, I have to do the one thing that’s hardest for me to do: nothing. For a few days at least. If this doesn’t correct itself, I’ll have to go see a surgeon and I cannot emphasize enough how much I do not want any more surgery of any kind. Ever.

Meanwhile, I’m held together by some pretty tough steel wire and I’m resting. And hoping this takes care of itself.

A New One Just Like the Old One

 

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English: Mariska Hargitay and Danny Pino on the set of Law and Order: SVU, “Missing Pieces” Episode #13.5 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s that time of year again. Fall, yes, but far more important, it’s the beginning of the fall prime time television line up.

I want to be excited about it. I want to be surprised. I want to be thrilled. Alas, I am not.

Harry’s Law,” which was one of the few bright spots in a dreary lineup, is gone and unlikely to come back.

“House” is finished, though it had a long run and it was time to retire. Still, I’ll miss it if for no other reason than it was a little bit different than other shows.

“Bones” is back, and I hope they get back to forensic anthropology and stop focusing on the sort-of marital relations of Bones and Booth.

The Closer” is gone. Its spinoff, “Major Crimes” is on, but without Kyra Sedgewick. It’s not bad, but without Kyra, it isn’t the same. It’s okay, but not terrific.

Law and Order: SVU” is hanging on though I could skip a weekly sex offender fix.

Criminal Minds”  is a good show, but I’m not always ready to watch brutal serials killers mutilating and torturing victims. It’s particularly the wrong show to watch right before trying to go to sleep.

Pauley Perrette in the season opener of NCIS.

And then, there’s “NCIS” … our favorite show that’s still going. Yay Gibbs! Yay team!. Great to have Gibbs and the team back and I wonder what he’ll be building next? Very glad Ducky is still with us. Ilya lives!

“Vegas” was pretty good, a sort of cross between “Longmire” and the old Las Vegas series that starred James Caan. It was a bit derivative, but more original than most of the other stuff. For example, “NCIS: Los Angeles” bores me to tears. It’s not merely derivative, it’s also dull.

There are, I am sure, the usual broad and mindless selection of reality shows that we have never watched and never will. They keep putting them on, we keep trying hard to ignore their existence. If I get that desperate for entertainment, just shoot me.

We still have the “Mentalist” which is entertaining. And though I haven’t seen the latest incarnations of either “Private Practice” or “Grey’s Anatomy,” both were verging on daytime soap opera last season, so they’d have to do something super special to move forward from there.

The bright spot in my entire TV year was “Newsroom” and I can barely can contain my excitement until it comes back again.

Maybe I’m just getting old, but everything seems like rehash of something I’ve seen before. I can predict the dialogue of first run brand new shows. It’s like someone has a cliché generating computer with pre-formatted scripts, just change the names and locations, and voilà, a brand new cop show, medical show, lawyer show. And each is as predictable as the last.

Yup, it’s a new season. Watching re-runs of “MASH” is, on the whole, more satisfying than watching most current shows; more interesting and less predictable, even though I’ve seen them before.

As a final comment on the state of media, Leno was just on. He made a joke about “Newsroom” and Aaron Sorkin, except the audience had never seen the show or heard of Sorkin. So Leno said “West Wing? Boston Legal? You know, really intelligent shows?” Nope, they never heard of them. “Jersey Shore” they heard of. It’s just going to keep getting worse.

As for me, I shall be reading many books this year. Lots of books.