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Old 03-01-2018, 09:10 AM   #1
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Thumbs up I broke my arm!


I tripped over something in the street and fell wrong. Instead of just skinning my knees and palms, I broke and dislocated the arm, which is apparently quite an unusual thing to do. As one of my friends said, "If you're going to do something, do it properly!"

Of course I was whisked off to hospital and got wonderful treatment. God save the National Health Service!

The dislocation was agony, but as soon as they had reset it (under full anaesthetic) all the pain disappeared. A simple fracture is not painful, surprisingly, if you give it full support. They don't even put it in plaster these days or use splints. They just hang it in a sling, aligned by gravity, until it knits again.

This happened on Sunday around 4:00 pm, and I was home again by teatime yesterday. I'm very handicapped at the moment because it was the right arm and I'm right-handed. I'm having to learn new ways of doing common household tasks. Well, it's all part of life's rich variety!
 
Old 03-01-2018, 09:18 AM   #2
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Sorry to hear that Hazel.
I've never broken a bone in my life and from the way you explain it that sounds like your first time.
I hope you're back to 100% soon. Best wishes.
 
Old 03-01-2018, 09:23 AM   #3
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Sorry to hear that Hazel.
I've never broken a bone in my life and from the way you explain it that sounds like your first time. I hope you're back to 100% soon. Best wishes.
Agreed; hope your back well again soon, Hazel.

Me: 17 broken bones so far, and several dislocations. Before my shoulder was replaced two years ago, I could pop it back in easily.
 
Old 03-01-2018, 09:37 AM   #4
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Being a lifelong motorcycle rider. I got a big scar on my left shoulder.

So I empathize. I have a big scar on my left hip. My left ankle looks like a baseball with all the seams in it.

OK. Enough scar comparisons. Heal quick. Heal well. I have a bro in Michigan that wrecked his shoulder like you did. In his 70's.
He refuses to take take it easy. He now has a floppy shoulder. So take it easy and do what the physical therapy folks say.

Get well soon.
 
Old 03-01-2018, 09:37 AM   #5
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I've never broken a bone in my life and from the way you explain it that sounds like your first time.
My first time but I do have indirect experience. My mother broke her arm much higher up, under the shoulder, so she didn't have a dislocation. The orthopedist told her at the time that she was lucky it broke, because a dislocation is worse. And boy, was he right!

She was over 90 at the time, and the doctors were afraid that it would not heal in such an old person. We went in two weeks later for an X-ray, and when the doctor saw it, he couldn't believe his eyes. He called in another doctor and they pored and whispered over it while we both waited, paralysed by terror. Then the doctor looked up and said, "How old did you say you were?"

I hope I heal equally well. In the mean time, I shall do exactly what the doctors tell me to.

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Old 03-01-2018, 09:38 AM   #6
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super! this will give you plenty of time to practice on a new talent, typing with your toes.

on a serious note:
sleeping on it has to be cumbersome with no cast to keep it in place. Duct tape usually works in keeping things in place though.

Wishes you a speedy recovery, or as fast as you'd like it to be so you can get plenty of sympathy cards and hugs and maybe even a pint or two.

my personal experience, I've been thrown through the driver side window of a car with the window up, but I've never had any broken bones.

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Old 03-01-2018, 09:51 AM   #7
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I tripped over something in the street and fell wrong.
You might want to go back and look where you fell. If it was due to a crack in the pavement or a pothole, there could be money in it for you.

I broke my ulna once. The doctor put a cast on it, told me it didn't hurt and sent me home.

He was wrong about that.

Get well soon.
 
Old 03-01-2018, 10:02 AM   #8
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We wish you a speedy recovery. I'm relieved to hear that it was relatively minor. I suppose there will be special exercises to be done after you are out of the sling.
 
Old 03-01-2018, 10:48 AM   #9
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Take it easy, hazel.
 
Old 03-01-2018, 10:55 AM   #10
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Hey, I hope you get better soon
 
Old 03-01-2018, 11:02 AM   #11
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@BW-userx: I don't sleep on it. It sleeps on top of me. I am training myself to sleep on my back. And yes, I've had quite a few cards and calls as well.

@Trihexagonal: I know exactly what I tripped on. It was a small raised concrete ridge that forms part of a disabled access ramp at our church. It is supposed to stop wheelchairs from rolling away, but it has done this at the cost of creating a trip hazard. And the last thing I want to do is sue the church because it will only cost them money that I want spent on making the facility safe. Court cases only make the lawyers fat.

I talked about this today with my parish priest. He has already hired an architect with good knowledge of the building regulations, and roped in a local planning council member, to find out who specified that ridge. If it was the council's planning department, then they must pay to put it right. The archdeacon is in on it too. Co-operation works faster than conflict.

@Turbocapitalist: there are special exercises to do now, and I am doing them religiously. The wrist and elbow must be kept supple and not allowed to seize up. Only the shoulder itself must be kept immobile. Apart from the exercises, I'm not using the arm at all.
 
Old 03-01-2018, 11:08 AM   #12
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I wouldn't sue the church either and thought to myself "I sound like an ambulance chaser" when I said it.

Mine was my own fault.
 
Old 03-01-2018, 01:03 PM   #13
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What's a shoulder? I just hear a grinding sound.

Hope you heal fast Hazel!
 
Old 03-01-2018, 01:35 PM   #14
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I broke my right ankle twice (one year apart) when I was in my twenties. It was not a big deal, apart from the annoyance of being locked home for a month.

Anyway, I hope you heal soon!
 
Old 03-01-2018, 03:26 PM   #15
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God speed Hazel....From personal experience its the morning routines that are the most challenging, especially the loo. Oh, and brushing your teeth with the opposite hand is right to make you feel disabled.
 
  


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