[Northkeep] Update on Thormund

Amanda Wallace dragontamerbrat at gmail.com
Mon May 11 14:18:20 PDT 2009

First, I'd like to apologize for not getting this out sooner, but the
library had wifi issues this morning.

Second, Thormund has been a good boy this week, and the doctor is pleased
with his progress. The swelling in his index finger is within the limits of
his vascular system to handle. The lacerations are healing well. The muscle
between is thumb and forefinger (the webbing) had been completely severed.
The surgeon, Dr. Rubis, reattached the muscle, and is hoping for a mostly
full recovery. As long as Thormund keeps his hand elevated, this is the
biggest issue he faces, as it is the muscle that controls range of motion in
the thumb. He knows this, and will be adhering to the words of the doctor,
even if I have to get medieval on his ...ahem...behind. Of the 4 tendons
that were repaired, only one will cause major hiccups, the one on the
underside of the first knuckle (outward from the palm). It's an important
tendon, and you can bet that Thormund will be pushing the physical therapy
with that finger as soon as he can.

He is completely off work for another week. He goes back to the surgeon next
week, when they will remove some or all of his stiches. Let me tell you, the
4 or 5 lacerations will take some time on stitch removal. I was pleased to
see the surgeon himself come in and undress/redress Thormund's hand. Not a
nurse. The surgeon. He will probably be on one-handed duty (hush up all you
dirty minded people out there) for at least 4 to 6 weeks before going to
light duty. New x-rays probably in 2 weeks to determine how well the bones
and muscle are healing. We have some pictures. One of the pins in his
knuckle, and one of the plate on his metacarpal. Post surgical. Apparently
the doc has a pic of the hand pre-repair, and will give us a copy! I'm
guessing Thormund's hand is going down in the annals of hand surgery as a
case study.

Continued good thoughts and prayers are much appreciated!

Love to you all,

The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

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