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I asked for it.

on May 22, 2018

Spine injuries. Spine surgery. Cervical. Thoracic. Lumbar.

Loss of strength. Neuropathy. Nerve impingement on the left or right.

It’s all important to measure in the preoperative area. So I did.

Cue to scene in Bay 5 yesterday:

“Okay.” From where I stood at the side of the stretcher, I stretched both hands out towards his chest. “Take my hands and squeeze.”

I sucked in a breath as I felt  the pop on my left pinky.

“Oh ooh oh, okay. That’s good. ”

He let go and I dropped my hands fast to my side. I noticed my fifth digit hung a little funny.

“Numbness and pain’s only in your left arm, huh?!”

“Yeah.” He mumbled before turning his attention back to his phone.

Ice and a splint for a few hours fixed my pinky.

Lesson learned .

Will have the male patients  squeeze my wrists, not my hands!

 

 


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