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) ..