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What's up with Owen's arm?

by John
From mama mia in the comments:
"so in my weird need to figure this out, were these pins just placed above and below the bone, thru flesh/muscle tissue, just to keep the bones still while in the cast?"
Yup, that's the basic picture! Owen fractured his humerus right at the joint in what the kids today call a supracondylar fracture. From what I understand, it was a vertical crack right between the points where the humerus meets the radius and ulna. The pins were inserted through his flesh into the bone on either side of the fracture, presumably to keep the bone immobilized and to help the two pieces fuse together again.

Fortunately, that's all in the past now. Owen's cast is off and his right arm is rehabilitating quickly!


Comments

mama mia said…
Thanks for the explanation and medical photo...again, yikes! That was one brave boy :)
Jackie O. said…
Wow, I had no idea all this was going on! I have been neglecting my blog and blog viewing during the month of December! Poor Owen, but great to see him w/o the cast! Tough lil' guy! I have to comment that I LOVE the view of your picture with the mountain top and the palm tree! Jonah says he wants to live in Cali, I agree with him! What a beautiful place to call home! I am also jealous of the hiking u get to do there!!! Love ya'll!
Jackie

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