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A Farewell To Arms

December 5th, 2009 (11:34 pm)
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Well, a farewell to one arm for six weeks or so, anyway.

I bust it yesterday, when leaving work. It turns out it was a bit icy underfoot. For me there was no warning; one minute I was walking towards the bus stop, the next I, er, wasn’t.

I fell backwards and landed on my left arm, quite heavily, giving myself a Colle’s fracture. I knew it wasn’t good news, but at the time I didn’t know it was a break. I headed back to the office, got attention from the first aiders and then a lift up the hill to Ninewells. When I got my coat off for examination there, it became obvious the arm wasn’t the right shape any more.

Broken bones are new territory for me, so I was particularly pleased to discover that local anaesthetics are highly effective. They’re happy with how it’s now positioned, but will need to check it hasn’t shifted next week. The consultant at my follow-up appointment this morning said, “You don’t do things by halves do you?” Arms aside, it would seem!

If you haven’t yet tried a broken limb, I can’t say I would recommend it, but – so far at any rate – it’s not as bad as I might have imagined, and the setting was completely painless.

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Posted by: It's my brain and I'll do what I like in it (pink_weasel)
Posted at: December 5th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)

Ouch!

Fractures can be very itchy, sort of inside the bone and there's nothing you can do to scratch them which is not brilliant.

My kindest regards to your arm.

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
Blockhead

Thank you!

Posted by: Tomm (hobbitomm)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)

Ouch!

My sympathies.

Who's looking after you up at Ninewells?

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 10:30 am (UTC)
Blockhead

Don't really know. I didn't catch (or maybe just remember) the names of the consultant and doctor who saw me at the fracture clinic. There will probably be a reminder included when I get my appointment details for a week tomorrow!

Everyone's had a great manner and seemed very efficient.

Posted by: Nik Whitehead (sharikkamur)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 09:22 am (UTC)

Ow. May it heal both rapidly and correctly.

I wondered if it might be you about whom scottymcleod posted yesterday. So is it back to one-handed typing or do you have enough finger space to manage two hands?

Edited at 2009-12-06 09:22 am (UTC)

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 10:36 am (UTC)
Blockhead

I don't seem to have done any nerve damage or anything and my fingers have a reasonable degree of freedom from the cast, but not sure how much I'll get to use them. Maybe not too bad actually; this sentence and the preceding one were two handed, though slower with more typos and correction than usual.

Back to one hand for the moment - but looks like I'll manage a mixture.

Posted by: silverwhistle (silverwhistle)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
Pattie

Commiserations! Hope it's better soon!

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
Blockhead

Me too ;-) Thank you!

Posted by: Scotty (scottymcleod)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)

look on the bright side it's not the whole of your left side and it sounds as if it will heal etc. fine, thank god

it sounds as if it was a clean break without any complications and as someone who played rugby and the resulting injuries that involves - remember my bottom front tooth that got stamped out by an opposing second row when I was 16 - that hurt, I can tell you

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
Blockhead

I don't have anything too serious to complain about, and I have an inspiration for dealing with it! You're my example.

Posted by: Scotty (scottymcleod)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)

I didn't mean to belittle your injury but spending so much time with people who have permanent damage to their brains mainly from strokes but also birth defects or accidents at birth or generally in life and they'll not get better from I can say we are in the very lucky end of the curve - we have no lasting damage which our own healing systems can't take care and it might take some time in your case several weeks I guess and mine will be finished I guess next year but we are the lucky ones and we should be glad we live in the enlightened age we do and we have the health service who did a fantastic and ongoing job and never have I paid anything towards private health care and never will I (political bit over), good luck with the recovery and tying a tie must be difficult (small but I remember working for a living and hopefully will again) and it's those small things that complete the feeling of being dressed

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
Blockhead

Don't worry, I didn't think you did! :-) Yes, we're definitely lucky to be at the end of the spectrum where recovery takes place.

Also second your hurrah! for the health service!

Personally, I'm looking forward to not wearing a tie for a bit, but I appreciate where you're coming from :-)

Posted by: Scotty (scottymcleod)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)

one of the guys I know at the centre was hit when he was 21 outside the local hospital on his motorbike and he's almost 70 now and he's had problems holding down a job and he was lucky enough to be awarded a lot of money in the settlement against the driver who was at wrong but he has problems remembering things and he clearly has problems with his short term recall and memory and he walks with a walker because he's not that strong in his legs and if I had to guess I would rate his IQ about 70 or 80 as a result of the accident and with the others being a mix of strokes and brain traumas as a result of illness I definitely consider myself luckiest of the various people I mix with because I'm going to recover in the end and already I'm making such progress and it could be a lot worse

Posted by: silverwhistle (silverwhistle)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Smiley Rosa

we should be glad we live in the enlightened age we do and we have the health service who did a fantastic and ongoing job and never have I paid anything towards private health care and never will I (political bit over)

Seconded! I am truly impressed with your care and progress, and also with my Dad's at Castle Hill. He's doing well.

Posted by: Toby Atkin-Wright (tobyaw)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)

If you need any fetching/carrying/shopping/driving please let me know. We’d be happy to help.

I guess it won’t have any impact on your commute to and from work (but might make you warier on icy paths), but will you be able to keep productive in front of a computer? I suppose if typing is inhibited, it will make you think even harder (if that is possible!) about everything you type, so it may improve the quality of your software. I wonder if there has been any research in this area.

Posted by: Kate (kateaw)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Spanish Kate

If you need any fetching/carrying/shopping/driving please let me know. We’d be happy to help.

Seconded.

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
Blockhead

Thank you both. I think I'm probably OK. I put off doing my weekly shopping yesterday, just because I'd have felt a bit under time pressure, but I managed it today no problem when I could take things more at my own speed. As it turned out, that was pretty fast anyway, so I needn't have worried :-)

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Blockhead

I'll see how the typing goes. I've got one hand anyway. Maybe I should see how much I can annoy my open-plan office colleagues by using voice recognition...

Posted by: Andrew Patterson (qidane)
Posted at: December 7th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)

Yes, yes, almost makes it worth it!
Oh get well soon etc.

Posted by: Alice Dryden (huskyteer)
Posted at: December 7th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
Bogie

I'm someone who has not yet tried a broken limb, and I'm grateful for this reassurance - you shouldn't have bothered on my account, though.

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: December 7th, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
Jailbird

<smug>No inconvenience is too much for our dedicated staff in the service of our readers.</smug>

...Doh! That's where I went wrong - I should have taken on some dedicated staff!

Glad it's a little reassuring - I figured it's an aspect of the experience I would have wanted to read, if I could have known beforehand.

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