Radio silence because html and left-handed typing do not go together well. Briefly:
stitches came out of the face last week. The nurse who sewed me up did a great job, but I'm still going to look like something between a lop-sided Harry Potter and a cage fighter.
I ended up having surgery on my hand, thank heavens for medical insurance. Stitches coming out tomorrow, before a new cast comes on I'll get another glimpse of the pin/staple thingy which is currently sticking out of the back of my hand and which has been the bane of my life the past 2 weeks.
My right forearm muscles have atrophied and gone old-lady wobbly after just 3 weeks. I now understand why people have to go for physio.