I am in my last semester of nursing school
and last week I slipped on wet grass and fell. I had extensive bruising on forearm, some swelling, weakness, and pain. I survived 2 days of clinical rotation with the help of 2 other students who helped me with patient turns. With their help, and other than being in pain, I was able to safely provide patient care.After 2 days I finally went to the doctor and I have a comminuted fracture in the radial head with mildly depressed peripheral fragment (non-dominant hand). I only have a total of 20 days of clinical left till graduation. I'm not in a cast or splint, but I am keeping it as immobile as possible- the doctor didn't offer anything other than a referral. She didn't mention surgery, but she also had NO sympathy for my situation. And I was so shocked at the idea of the fracture, that I didn't ask.
I'm not asking for medical advice- I know you can't offer that on this forum. Just asking for your ideas. If I have to withdraw from my program, I have to sit out at least one semester before applying for re-enrollment, and of course it's not a guarantee that I get back in. I am a student in good standing, and have been very successful in the program. I am also over 50, in good physical condition, and don't have any co-morbidities (other than age!). My program is quite strict- and while there are one or possibly two instructors I may be able to have a frank conversation with, bottom line is that to stay in the program, I'm going to have to not only have a medical sign-off from my doctor, but be able to convince them I can do this, I know that I can.
Here are my questions-
1. Is there some kind of cast or splint that I could wear that wouldn't interfere too much with patient care?
2. What should I be asking the orthopedist (besides the questions I'm posting here)?
3. Obviously if the orthopedist deems surgery necessary, I'm just screwed, and will have no choice but to drop out. IF I do have surgery, is it even likely I will be able to return next January?
Please offer any constructive info- I'm heartsick, and since it's the weekend, all I have at the moment is the pain and the panic! Thank you for any help you can give me.