Todd Orr. 10/26/16.
Update to Grizzly Bear Attack.
It’s been three weeks now since the two Grizzly bear attacks and the following surgery to re-attach the two tendons in my left arm.
The deepest bite chipped the bone in my forearm, but luckily, the long canine tooth slipped between the tendon and nerve.
Each day, the movement and flexibility in my fingers improve. Two more weeks with the splint and I can begin a more intensive physical therapy regiment.
There is still considerable numbness in my forearm, palm and fingers from the crushed and damaged nerves. However, in time, they should regenerate and the numbness should subside.
The Frankenstein looking scars of two weeks ago look much better but still quite tender.
I stopped by my surgeons house for a chat about fishing this morning and to borrow some scrubs for a Halloween costume. He believed my wounds were healing better than expected and was confident I would have near full recovery in a few months.
I sure like the small town atmosphere here in southwest Montana. Your orthopedic surgeon is just another local guy you can call buddy, and you stop by for a chat or go out for a beer with. 🙂
My right arm, shoulder, chest, back and side are nearly healed. A hundred stitches, staples and scabs have now become scars. Most of the bruising has faded and the swelling and soreness is minimal.
I look back at the photos from a couple weeks past, and am reminded of how extensive the bites, claw marks and bruising really were. Although only a dozen significant puncture wounds, other numerous bites did not break the skin, but definitely left their mark in cuts, scrapes and bruises.
The swelling and soreness from the bite marks on the back of my skull are completely gone.
The nasty claw gash and partial scalping along the right side of my head has also healed incredible well. The 5 inch scar is barely visible within the hairline. I have to thank the ER docs for doing a great job stitching! Only minor swelling and a shaved strip through my hair remind me of that fretful day, the first of October.
Mentally, I’m doing really well. Only one bear dream to date that woke me, but nothing frightful. I don’t fear my inevitable return into bear country, but I will be extra aware of my surroundings and likely looking over my shoulder often, the first few days back. I hope that if I do see a bear, I can back away without being seen.
Sunday was very rewarding as I joined my Dad for an afternoon of fly fishing. The erratic winds certainly didn’t help my one-armed fly casting and Dad out-fished me.
But no complaints, as it was my first day back in the mountains since the attack, and I thoroughly appreciated the fresh air and sunshine.
A fresh black bear track in the mud along the shoreline kept me looking over my shoulder, but it couldn’t spoil a great day with my father. I am thankful to be alive and enjoying life in Montana.
Again I want to thank everyone for the many thousands of healing wishes and words of encouragement. I believe it is working wonders on my recovery. Thank you! 🙂
Enjoy the week everybody!