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    Any tips on working with a broken hand?

    Yep broke my hand about 5 days ago, finally got to the doctor today and he confirmed what I already new.
    I broke it when my foot slipped off the stair tread while I was carrying a box and my right hand "broke" my fall. I broke the metatarsal that is connected to the pinkie finger, landed on the meaty part of the hand. At first it hurt but all fingers moved and after icing it I thought it would be fine. I worked last Friday and the pain wasn't bad at all until I had to write out an invoice (that was very painful) I worked on Monday and the pain was a little better.
    So to my question, has anyone else worked with a broken hand that has a cast on it, and if so what did you do to not use the broken hand?
    Any info would be extremely helpful!

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    AS I understand (after 10 broken bones in my life), bones heal when they are immobile... they do not move. Now how does one keep a bone from moving for 6-8 weeks... while they work? Splints, tape, cast... and careful thought to avoid moving the part of the body which will move that bone. Yeah, easier said than done.

    I suspect some thought, some experimentation, and some mistakes... and one will figure it out.
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    you better report that for work incident. workman's comp related issue.
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    Metatarsal fractures are rough.. Chances are you'll need a cast or at least a brace which will affect your dexterity, possibly creating difficulties with climbing ladders. One thing's for sure if you wanna get back to 100%: Listen to your doc and do exactly as he says even if it involves time off work. It will pay off in the long run. That made the difference between me having full strength and range of motion and the guy before me needing another surgery with getting up to 80% as a best case scenario.

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    Here's the way I see it. You make a living with your hands. See a doctor and do whatever the hell he tells you to do. I see you're in NW IL. Not sure where that is but I have a great orthopedic doc who is in Chicago and the western suburbs. If your interested send me a PM
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    ames Anthony Abbott (born September 19, 1967) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher, who played despite having been born without a right hand. He played for the California Angels, the New York Yankees, the Chicago White Sox, and the Milwaukee Brewers, from 1989 to 1999.
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    Will your boss try and go easy on you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blitz View Post
    you better report that for work incident. workman's comp related issue.
    Unfortunately I did this on my own time. I know sucks to be me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonrunner View Post
    Metatarsal fractures are rough.. Chances are you'll need a cast or at least a brace which will affect your dexterity, possibly creating difficulties with climbing ladders. One thing's for sure if you wanna get back to 100%: Listen to your doc and do exactly as he says even if it involves time off work. It will pay off in the long run. That made the difference between me having full strength and range of motion and the guy before me needing another surgery with getting up to 80% as a best case scenario.
    Yes listening to Doc is priority 1, he said I could work as long as I don't over excerpt my hand. He made a brace for me and its all wrapped up at the moment. It's a b!$@# to work with though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2sac View Post
    Here's the way I see it. You make a living with your hands. See a doctor and do whatever the hell he tells you to do. I see you're in NW IL. Not sure where that is but I have a great orthopedic doc who is in Chicago and the western suburbs. If your interested send me a PM
    Thanks 2sac, I've got a great doctor too, he's taken care of my sons broken bones many times and he also handled my wife's shoulder surgery. But I keep ya in mind if something should change!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Core_d View Post
    Will your boss try and go easy on you?
    Well I haven't exactly told my boss or anyone I work with that this happened...kinda dumb on my part I guess. I've only been at this company for 6 months and I really like the place but don't want to be taking a lot of time off if I don't have to.

    Currently we are slowing down and they are limiting our hours to around 30-40 per week. Last week I was home for 2 days (that's when I broke my hand) and I was off yesterday.

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    Yea with only being there six months and being slow as it is I would find it hard to break the news too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Core_d View Post
    Yea with only being there six months and being slow as it is I would find it hard to break the news too.
    I think it would be worse not to tell the boss. What if you try to keep on working and you are unable to do something because of it? Then you tell the boss. Maybe put him in a jam because he was counting on you to complete a job and now he has to pull someone from somewhere else to cover. You just made two headaches for him. I've always gone with "honesty is the best policy".

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