Aches and pains of fractures of old


This post serves as a reminder of what has ailed me in recent days.

On the day of Jack Layton’s funeral I spent an inordinate amount of time on my feet, standing in one place, taking pictures, standing in line, etc. A few days later I noticed some pain in my femur, which I could only visualize as the metal device in my femur driving into the lower half of the bone. The pain seemed to pass a few days later but returned last weekend.

My family physician is away but his receptionist recommended that I try the walk-in clinic on the main floor of their office building. “Walk-in”, I have discovered, is not synonymous with fast availability as people without family doctors were given priority having booked appointments with “walk-in” doctors. I took it in relative good humour, only once getting up to ask if I would be seen by closing time – which I was and with room to spare to have x-rays done upstairs. Now I wait to see my family doctor on the 16th’

Referring to a 2003 report from my orthopaedic surgeon, which I took with me, the “walk-in, sit down for an undetermined period” doctor reminded me of the technical terms that had been lost in my memory. “Displaced intertrochanteric fracture of the right femur and a displaced fracture dislocation of the right distal radius and wrist…The patient was taken to the operating room the following day where open reduction internal fication of the proximal right femur fracture was performed using a DHS plate and screw system. Under the same anaesthetic an open reduction internal fixation of the right distal radius was performed utilizing a plate and several screws.”

Although the prognosis back then pointed to me having troubles with my wrist, and a good recovery of the femur, the wrist and radius are fine.

In the meantime, I’m back using my cane which I had stopped doing several years ago – even around the apartment where short walks seem to be more difficult as I need a few steps to get my balance and confidence.

I’m not out of commission, but am taking things easier than I’m accustomed to (which was easy enough!). No long walks are being contemplated for now.