|Robert L. Blum, MD, PhD|
My son, Sean, broke his left (dominant) forearm at the end of April 2008.
He was playing basketball with his college buddies and smashed into the bleachers.
Both the radius and ulna were broken proximally, and his forearm was bent upward at
He was ambulanced to Kaiser and was in the hospital for a week.
The picture above shows Sean before the accident. He is doing some bouldering
a radio transmitter that sends his blood glucose to a receiver every 5 minutes.
In the picture below Sean has just been released from the hospital.
Kaiser sent out home health care nurses (thank you, Mary Beth and Neil)
As an ER doc of many years I was quite pessimistic about this wound closing
However, as the weeks went by it seemed we might get lucky.
Because of the atrophy in Sean’s muscles, the resolution of deep inflammation,
and the continual drainage by the Wound-Vac of secretions and edema,
the wound closed to 7 by 3 cm below (after 7 weeks).
This picture shows Sean’s One Touch glucometer, the drainage cassette
Now look at the wound. The poles have drawn together and annealed
The wound itself is covered by a grainy mat of new collagen and fibroblasts
Finally, a Kaiser plastic surgeon – thank you, Dr. Santoro
ADDENDUM: "After" pictures from March 2009
Another ADDENDUM: May 2012, below:
Sean, during the solar eclipse of May 20, 2012, which is imaged to his left.