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disneyholic family
05-06-2012, 06:49 AM
so....it's a long story that is very difficult to write with one hand - and my left hand at that.

two weeks ago, as i was walking towards the exit of a hiking store (how ironic) i tripped over something and took a high speed dive into the floor.
had it been a pool, it would have been the most perfect racing dive ever.
Alas, it was a very unforgiving stone floor, not water.

Naturally i put out my hand straight in front of my diving body to catch myself.
and before my eyes i saw my arm snap in the opposite direction of what nature intended as white flashed across my eyes.
i landed on the floor and began screaming in pain. Screaming that wouldn't stop for 3 hours when the emergency room orthopedist finally popped the elbow back.
I should add that i'm allergic to morphine, making pain control nearly impossible.

However, popping the elbow back in place wasn't enough.
Apparently, when i do something, i do it right!!
As it turned out i had also shattered my elbow - meaning it would have to be surgically replaced.

Long story short, i'm now a bionic woman with a new elbow.
My right arm is all bound up so i don't know yet how successful the surgery was in terms of function, but i woke up from the surgery, so in my book that's a success!!

I won't be able to drive for 2 months (making work, caring for my mom, etc. difficult if not impossible).
But it could have been worse - had i not put my hand out, who knows what might have happened. A whole host of possibilities even worse than shattering an elbow!

And just think, next time i'm trying to watch the MK parade, i'll really be able to elbow my way to the front (just kidding) ;)

..

jcb
05-06-2012, 07:06 AM
Ouch. That sounds utterly painful. http://www.sherv.net/cm/emoticons/sick/sling.gif
I hope you heal (so to speak) soon. pixiedust:

beachwarmer
05-06-2012, 07:19 AM
Oh my that sounds like quite an ordeal. Good thoughts going out to you that your recovery is smooth.

safetymom
05-06-2012, 08:33 AM
Oh my goodness!!!! That had me cringing as I was reading this. Take care of yourself. Hopefully the time will pass quickly and you will be back to 100% in no time. Sending healing pixie dust your way.

chirurgeon
05-06-2012, 08:50 AM
Yikes!! and Ouch. Good luck with the healing. Hopefully non-morphine pain killers will work now.

Kim

DisneyKevin
05-06-2012, 09:26 AM
Ok, that hurts even through the internet.

I hope this heals double fast.

disneyholic family
05-06-2012, 09:56 AM
thanks everyone!!
it was indeed the most painful thing i've ever experienced!
i wouldn't wish it on anyone.

i was lucky that an acquaintance was walking down the street when it happened, heard the screaming, came into the store and saw me.
She immediately got down on the floor doing everything she could to comfort me as we waited for the paramedics and ambulance.
She stayed by my side in the ambulance and the emergency room for two hours - until DH could get there. Even though she had a car full of fresh food for her Bar-B-Q the following day.
I dont know what i would have done without her - my guardian angel!!

Cyrano
05-06-2012, 02:22 PM
Beth hopefully you are on the mend and will be a new woman ;) :)

newmouse2008
05-06-2012, 06:01 PM
Oh My Beth!!!! How painfull!!!!!! Here's to a speedy recovery. :)

wdwscout
05-06-2012, 08:17 PM
Ow! Ow! Owie! :scared:
This truly did sound horrific, even through the internet!

Sending pixie dust pixiedust: and good wishes for a speedy recovery.

Derby4me
05-06-2012, 08:24 PM
Oh my goodness! That sounds horrible. Prayers for a speedy recovery, but the patience to give your body the time it needs to heal. Sounds like you have an upbeat attitude!

SamSam
05-06-2012, 10:19 PM
Ow!!! that sounds very painful. Thank goodness for modern science/medicine that they were able to give you a bionic elbow.

I wish you a speedy recovery.

sayhello
05-06-2012, 11:04 PM
Good grief! That sounds horrendous! You poor thing!

Man, you just never know; things can happen so quickly.

I hope you have a speedy and complete recovery.

Are you now going to set off the sensors at the airport?

Sayhello

disneyholic family
05-07-2012, 11:17 AM
thanks! from what i understand the rehabilitation is going to be very slow and challenging.

but it could have been worse!

i dont know about airport sensors
the surgeon said that people have asked him for letters just in case but he didnt know whether anyone had set anything off

i was more concerned about whether i'd be able to have an MRI - but he said it's not a problem. The metal is a kind that isnt magnetized. so that's good!!

NC Belle
05-07-2012, 03:53 PM
:wizard: Sending you healing thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery. :grouphug:


My family nicknamed my late maternal Grandma...the Bionic Grandma after her many joint replacements (for better blood circulation/some mobility since she had severe RA issues).

wishspirit
05-07-2012, 04:51 PM
Oh wow Beth! That sounds horrid!

I'm glad you are on the mend. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery and good mobility in the bionic elbow.

Yvet
05-08-2012, 09:19 AM
This is just almost to painfull to read so i can't imagine how the feeling was irl..
Hope that you ahve a very very speedy recovery without any problems.

Maybe there is a possitive side to all of this because you can't hardly do anything for the next 2 months that means that you maybe could treat yourself to still be going on PCC3.0..... Becaus eyou had to back out because of work if i remember correct...

HollyMac71
05-08-2012, 02:26 PM
OMG that sooo painful. I'm glad someone came to your rescue! Hope you have a speedy recovery.:hug:

happyj
05-08-2012, 05:27 PM
Sending Pixie dust for a rapid recovery

disneyholic family
05-09-2012, 04:32 AM
Oh wow Beth! That sounds horrid!

I'm glad you are on the mend. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery and good mobility in the bionic elbow.

thanks Kate! how's work going? any chance you'll be in WDW in Oct. (half term?) i'll be there then - assuming all goes well. :)

i have to admit that i was very depressed yesterday.
i can't dress myself on top at all so i feel a bit of a prisoner.
and i still can't shower because of the surgical wound - so it's a bit difficult to feel upbeat right now.

but i know this will all pass eventually.
and i'm very embarrassed to be feeling this low when really it's a pretty minor problem in comparison to so many much worse things!

but i hate feeling so useless that i can't even dress myself (i slept in my clothes last night as i didn't want to bother DH who has way too much on his plate with me so completely out of commission :eek: )

well at least i'm confident that i had the best surgeon available, so the outcome will eventually be as good as one could hope for. i hope.

This is just almost to painfull to read so i can't imagine how the feeling was irl..
Hope that you ahve a very very speedy recovery without any problems.

Maybe there is a possitive side to all of this because you can't hardly do anything for the next 2 months that means that you maybe could treat yourself to still be going on PCC3.0..... Becaus eyou had to back out because of work if i remember correct...

i cancelled PCC 3.0 because the conference i was supposed to attend in June in Orlando was moved to October.
so i moved my DCL reservation to Oct and i'm taking my mom and sister.
it's actually very lucky that i made the switch a while back as i think i would have already been past the final payment date for pcc 3.0 (meaning having to deal with trip insurance and all that entails)

since i won't be able to drive until july and there's a significant risk of dislocation of the new elbow for several months, i don't think pcc 3.0 is in the cards.
i'm waiting for them to announce a PCC on the allure/oasis and i will so be there!!!!!! :)

.

Phoenixblue
05-09-2012, 11:52 AM
Oh my. As stated, even through the internet, that HURTS!
Best wishes for a very speedy and great recovery! :goodvibes

My DS broke his elbow in March. He tried to do a one arm handstand in our living room and just didn't make it. He got very lucky it broke in the only direction it could for him to not need pins put in. Still - that was on carpet!

And I hear you on the needing help with things - I had surgery on my shoulder at the end of Feb. I had to have DH do pretty much everything for 2 weeks - very frustrating. We figured out a way for me to wash my hair, leaning over the tub edge with a rain poncho on as he scrubbed and rinsed. He still has to do most things around the house - I am still in physical therapy for it. But it is getting better! :) Slow and steady, take it as easy as you can and it will get there! pixiedust:

disneyholic family
05-09-2012, 12:11 PM
Oh my. As stated, even through the internet, that HURTS!
Best wishes for a very speedy and great recovery! :goodvibes

My DS broke his elbow in March. He tried to do a one arm handstand in our living room and just didn't make it. He got very lucky it broke in the only direction it could for him to not need pins put in. Still - that was on carpet!

And I hear you on the needing help with things - I had surgery on my shoulder at the end of Feb. I had to have DH do pretty much everything for 2 weeks - very frustrating. We figured out a way for me to wash my hair, leaning over the tub edge with a rain poncho on as he scrubbed and rinsed. He still has to do most things around the house - I am still in physical therapy for it. But it is getting better! :) Slow and steady, take it as easy as you can and it will get there! pixiedust:

ouch!! a one arm handstand!!
almost as silly as what i did!!

sorry to hear about your shoulder - i think only when these things happen do we realize how much we depend on our body.
it should be obvious of course but only when something goes wrong does it sink in!

i've been lucky so far with my hair.
i had the surgery 5 days after the mishap - so by then my hair was way beyond bad hair day.
on the day of my surgery (which was in the afternoon) i walked with DD to the salon we go to -only one block from my house.

they washed my hair for free and pulled it back so that it would be out of the way in the hospital.
a week after the surgery they washed it for free again (despite my protests)
They're very sweet.
it's been over a week now, but i'm embarrassed to go back. maybe next sunday , but this time i will absolutely insist on paying so that i can keep coming each week.

disneyholic family
05-16-2012, 11:33 AM
i'm writing this here, because i can't post it on my facebook...

very few people actually 'know' me here, so i can afford myself the luxury of feeling sorry for myself in public..

i'm really feeling low.....
the pain is nearly constant and the inability to do anything is beyond frustrating....i can't even reach my face with my fingertips...i can't do anything....
and not being able to drive means not only can i not help anyone else, i'm a burden to everyone else....

and it's so upsetting why it happened....last night i spoke with the woman who came to my aid.....she said i tripped over a crate that was sticking way out into the aisle leading out of the store....i knew i had tripped over something, but i didn't know what it was...in the blink of an eye....

complain, complain, complain....so many people with so much worse problems than me..

safetymom
05-16-2012, 11:40 AM
Beth, please continue to keep us informed with your progress. I am always here to listen if you want to vent about your elbow. I hope you start to see improvement soon.

But you can't keep a good lady down and you are going through a lot but know that there are lots of us who care about you.

disneyholic family
05-16-2012, 12:03 PM
Beth, please continue to keep us informed with your progress. I am always here to listen if you want to vent about your elbow. I hope you start to see improvement soon.

But you can't keep a good lady down and you are going through a lot but know that there are lots of us who care about you.

thanks Kathy!! i really appreciate the shoulder - it means more than i can put into words..

mjtm610
05-16-2012, 08:23 PM
I truly feel your pain! I had an injury and had to have both of my knees replaced at the same time.
Now as I look back on it, my knees always were kind of stiff and achy.
They do wonderful things now!
And my new knees are GREAT!!!!!
I can do EVERYTHING I did before (OK, maybe not kneel in church for more than a couple of minutes)
It does get better...to the therapy......put yourself first for a while!

disneyholic family
05-17-2012, 09:59 AM
I truly feel your pain! I had an injury and had to have both of my knees replaced at the same time.
Now as I look back on it, my knees always were kind of stiff and achy.
They do wonderful things now!
And my new knees are GREAT!!!!!
I can do EVERYTHING I did before (OK, maybe not kneel in church for more than a couple of minutes)
It does get better...to the therapy......put yourself first for a while!

wow! both knees at once must have been so very difficult and painful!!!!!
i'm hoping it gets better...being able to take a shower was a big improvement!!
still can't do anything with my right hand but being in the shower was heavenly :)