Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I have a new first to share... my first broken bone! Yesterday morning, when I was taking Sean to school, I slipped on a patch of black ice in the parking lot and broke my right arm! Actually, it's a radial head fracture. Luckily I wasn't carrying Ella when I fell, in fact I was on my way to get her out of the van when I fell. One of Sean's classmates arrived right after I fell, so his mom stayed at the car with Ella while I took Sean into school. I didn't realize that it was broken- it just hurt really bad.
I left the school and drove to Target to do some Christmas shopping but decided in the parking lot that it just hurt too bad to attempt that. I called Doug and he suggested I go in to see my primary care physician. So I drove to the office and Doug dropped me off at the clinic while he took Ella home. I was there from 9:30-11:30, so I was very glad I didn't have her to entertain that long! My doctor did xrays and diagnosed the fracture, then put me in a sling. He referred me to an orthopedic surgeon, who I saw this morning.
I spent the afternoon resting up, thanks to pain meds. My mom drove out to spend the rest of the week with us to help with the kids. Yay Nana!!
The surgeon did more xrays this morning and thinks it heal well without any surgery. I have it in a splint and sling, but have to take it out a few times a day to practice stretching it so the elbow doesn't get stiff. He said the pain should improve within a week, but it may take a month to completely heal.
Its interesting, to say the least, to discover all the things I do, two handed, that I need to learn a new way to do or ease up my control freak issues and let others take over. Some I don't mind letting go of (hee hee, like diaper changes) and some I can't wait to regain (like hair washing!)
Good thing all these years of baby care has made me a quick one hand typer! LOL