Oops!… I Did It Again

Yeah, that’s right. I am once again recovering from a fracture. This time its a lot serious than the last; I have a complex fracture on my left arm just below the shoulder.

This happened last Monday (21st December, 2009) and the doctor, Dr. Gaurav Sawhney (Omni Hospital, Chandigarh) a family friend advised surgery that he would perform the very next day, Tuesday. Before the surgery, I did some research and found out that orthopedic surgeries are quite similar to conventional carpentry; using wires, nails, and adhesive to bind wood pieces, and if the chair is usable after a couple of weeks, remove the nails and wires, else they are left there for good.

This is precisely what percutaneous pinning (Link 1, Link 2) is all about. The surgery was thankfully done under general anesthesia so I didn’t come to know when those weird pins and wires were put into my arm. By evening I was home, but here’s when the real fun started.

Unlike last time, potty isn’t an issue, as my legs are fine, but sleeping, yes, that’s still a pain. At best I can take a 90 degrees turn to my right, or sleep straight on my back; both of which aren’t very comfortable. If I sleep on the side, the entire arm droops on my body and it hurts; if I sleep straight on my back, well the arm is left hanging and it hurts.

But with some helpful advise of using cushions and pillows from my good friend Sajid’s wife Dr. Rubeena Husain (a physiotherapist in Hyderabad) I do manage to get sleep, not continuous, but better than none at all.

I think there is more pain coming my way once the six-week post-operative period is over. Dr. Gaurav mentioned that the pins will be removed without any anesthesia. I’m trying not to think about this, but as you can see I can’t!

Note to self: In reel life bones don’t break, but in real life they very well do!

Unsolicited Advice: Do not run after auto-rickshaws that bang into your car! Trust me its not worth it.


  • January 15, 2010 - 8:36 pm | Permalink

    I hope u recover quickly

  • January 6, 2010 - 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Hi Manu,

    Be patient. You have fast reflex action, don’t overreact. Be cool here after see others perspective side. Entrust to doing great work-whether anyone notices it or not. It’s one of life’s best sources of contentment.

  • January 6, 2010 - 11:43 am | Permalink

    Hey Manu,

    What will you prefer next time: Having Patience or Being a Patient? I have lately changed my mind chasing auto rickshaws after your advice “Unka kuch naheen jayega aur hamara kuch naheen bachega (they won’t loose anything and we will be left with nothing)”. It was a good advice that prevented my confrontations with these ugly guys a number of times. How come you loose these golden words?

    By the way its Rubina and not Rubeena…

    We both wish you a very speedy recovery.


  • Ashim
    January 3, 2010 - 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Hi Manu, Happy New Year!
    Very good medico journalism this.
    Do get well soon!

  • Amit Kapoor
    December 31, 2009 - 5:18 pm | Permalink

    That advice is mine. Right? 🙂

    Get well soon.

  • Amit Kapoor
    December 31, 2009 - 5:16 pm | Permalink

    I hope that unsolicited advice is mine. :-). Get well soon.

  • Dilraj
    December 30, 2009 - 11:37 am | Permalink

    Certainly a good piece of advice of not chasing auto-rickshaws after they hit your vehicle.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery and a very Happy New Year 2010.

  • Amit
    December 30, 2009 - 9:48 am | Permalink

    Chal.. Pani Daal……Hogya …

  • December 30, 2009 - 12:29 am | Permalink


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