Ross’ orthopedic surgeon considers this a complicated break. The pictures in the previous post were enough to convince me. The bone is broken near and on the joint. He has asked an elbow specialist to take the case, and he will. This will make the likelihood of needing to purposefully break another bone during surgery (in order to get better access to the joint) less likely though still possible.
It’s all terribly interesting. If Josh would take a break in Balad from sewing up soldiers and soccer kids and stop confusing arteries for veins, maybe he could handdraw us all an animated explanation documenting the procedure. Please use fisted crayons, Josh, so we dullards can better know it. (Thank you for your service, Doc. =). [Also, a nota bene to you in front of the rest of my readers: Josh, whether or not you remember, you are the one who introduced me to classical education. You insistently put into my hands the Sayers essay that Henson made you read. I read it, thought it was interesting, noted it had nothing to do with me and filed it during our senior year. I did that process two more times in the next three years until it struck me that I could do something about it...maybe. And hence, but with help from others, Jonathan Edwards Classical Academy--one of a kind--is in the works. Thank you. You're good for more than war wound stories and as a mobile multi-syllabic-medical dictionary. My worldview is significantly improved because of that long ago gift. Thank you.]
The surgery is scheduled for next Wednesday at 11:15a. This works well into my schedule, as my family and I are going to go do a bit of house-hunting in Nashville over this long weekend and then driving back on Wed.
Thanks for your help in prayer.