Since our auto accident last April, Vol Fan has struggled with the injury to his right arm and shoulder. He had to have shoulder surgery last July. However, he still struggled with continued pain and numbness which led to more tests, more physical therapy, and more doctors telling us that nerve injuries take a LLOONNGG time to heal.
Through all this, I have watched him get very discouraged. I could tell that his mind was traveling down the path of 'What if this NEVER heals?!?'. He was lower than I have ever seen him. And there was nothing I could do to help.
After the nerve conduction study in December, the neurologist found two separate nerve injuries - one in his elbow and one in his wrist. The recommended treatment was to keep his arm straight as much as possible. Um, yeah right. Think about how much time your elbow is bent each day! The doctor recommended sleeping in a wrist brace and to wrap a towel around his elbow each night to try to keep it straight.
He tried that for several weeks. It didn't work. We tried an Ace bandage. We tried different folds. Different combinations. Nothing worked. During the night, he would wiggle around and off it would come.
Then I did some research on the internet and found a brace. One designed for Vol Fan's particular type of injury so I ordered it. The first few nights it was very, very uncomfortable. But finally, we got the position and tightness correct. The effect it had was wonderful!
Just last week, Vol Fan told me that he actually had hope that he was finally healing. He can go for several days without having numbness! I cannot tell you what a relief that is.
Hope. It is a wondrous thing.