Saturday * May 21st 2022

WordPress Photo Challenge: Broken

WordPress Photo Challenge:  Broken

I didn’t have to go far for photo inspiration for this theme.  When I think of photos of “broken,” April 2008 immediately comes to mind.  I’ll preface this by saying that I first broke my right wrist when I was thirty and taking a year off to get my master’s degree.  However, I was young(er) and my wrist was set and I wore a regular cast for six weeks.

However, the second time I broke (the same wrist) I was fifty-five and had established osteoporosis.  Uh, not so good.  The break was more severe and in the emergency room they tried to set the bone.  However, the bone wouldn’t stay in place and I was sent home and told I’d have to have surgery.


The external fixator…

I was dancing ballroom at a tea dance in El Paso with someone I’d never danced with before.  He was somewhat “overzealous” and “spun and flung” me.  I hit a nearby table, lost my balance and fell.  In any kind of couple dance, leaders are always supposed to protect the follower in their “frame” and if they’re a really good lead “showcase the follower.”  Although he was dancing ballroom, “Tango Bob” (as he likes to be called) is one of the WORST dancers I’ve ever met.

An orthopedic surgeon in Las Cruces, did the surgery and installed an external fixator.  Unbeknownst to me, Dr. Kenneth Yaw was going through somewhat of a family crisis and was eventually arrested with his 2nd wife for alleged child abuse.   The external fixator was removed five weeks after surgery, and my wrist collapsed due to the osteoporosis.

Chamber of Horrors

I got a little “Frida Kahlo” inspired…

I have to say I was more than a little “nervous” that someone unstable was responsible for my wrist.  My wrist was now hideous and “hanging” in a tilted fashion.  I took an RV trip that summer and literally begged to be seen at the University of Washington which has one of the best orthopedic departments in the Western United States.  I was all ready to have a second surgery, but found a very talented orthopedic hand surgeon literally in my backyard.  Dr. Miguel Pirella-Cruz did a second surgery to my right wrist that involved a plate, screws, and a cadaver bone graft.   I still have a small tilt which Dr. Pirella-Cruz said he could perfect by shortening the ulnar bone, but my wrist is functional and only “slightly” tilted.

The Journey of Wrist Healing

It was a long, strange trip…

I was certainly “broken” for a time.  Things happen in life and sometimes we don’t know the rhyme or reason.  However, it’s all part of the mystery of our earthly journey…

8 Comments »Ballroom Dancing, Journal, Photographs

8 Replies to Desert Diva to “WordPress Photo Challenge: Broken”

  1. That certainly was some painful experiences you had , but glad things are working good now.
    George & Suzie´s last blog post ..Baked some Rhubarb muffins today and enjoyed some more great weather

  2. Sandie UNITED STATES says:

    That is just horrible. I broke my ankle and ruptured my Achilles tendon in 2008 and I thought that was a nightmare. But I didn’t have to have anything redone. Sure glad you found a great doctor who was able to help you.

    • Desert Diva says:

      Hi Sandie,

      It was pretty traumatic at the time, but I’ve “all good” now. I hope your ankle and tendon is “all good” as well…


  3. Contessa CANADA says:

    No wonder you have a fear of doctors, I would too.
    Contessa´s last blog post ..It’s back and a day I never want to repeat

    • Desert Diva says:

      Hi Contessa,

      Yep, I felt kinda “f” over. However, it’s all behind me now and my wrist if completely functional.


  4. Greg and Jean UNITED STATES says:

    A warning would be good….oh man that was ‘hard’ to see !!!