Broken Arm - Bummer Summer

Monday, June 20, 2011

June 9 - Carrying Snowball bouquet in one arm and 6 ft pruners in the other I fell face first over a strawberry jar I was planting to take to mom and a bucket full of blooms. I didnt even have time to register the fall, saw my arm come up in front of my face and then hit the ramp. It was the wheelchair ramp not concrete or I would have been knocked out or worse.

I laid there for a couple seconds and then thought I better figure out if I'm going to be able to get up or I might stiffen up and not get up. So I dragged myself inside and yelled for my daughter and she came to see what I wanted and got a littlw freaked out because blood was dripping down my legs and I was slumped in the chair holding my arm. She got me a cooler of ice water and I soaked the arm and tried to figure out if I wanted to go to the hospital. No, I thought not that much pain, maybe a sprain. Blood was just scraped knees and a totally purple big toe from tripping.

I did go to the dr next day and they saw a fracture in one of the wrist bones and told me I got lucky and told me to come back in a few days for a cast. I went back, new xrays show the large arm bone is fractured all the way across so now I'm in a cast up to the mid-arm above the elbow and typing with the left hand.

I've been going for walks but my garden dreams are over for this summer. I had made a big (25 containers) garden at the nursing home and had my hanging baskets and deck pots done but not my new beds or veg garden. Those of you who garden will understand how much I will miss playing in the dirt. The cast is coming off a few days before our beach trip in August - YAY! I am driving one handed and very warily but am finding I am more adaptable than I thought I would be even tho it really slows me down, is seriously annoying! But enuf whining - 7 weeks to go!

Next I get to treat myself to a mani - pedi -- I cant figure out how to do nails with my left hand.
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    Rest up and get better soon. The vacation will be a welcome treat for you
    2529 days ago
    Sending good thoughts your way and wishing you a speedy recovery!
    2532 days ago
    You may not be able to do all you had planned garden-wise, but I wonder if, as you get used to using your left hand/arm, you won't find you can do more than you think now. You have in interesting challenge now. AND I would think, better your arm than your leg. Hope things mend fast. emoticon
    2532 days ago
    Ow! I am so sorry but also so glad it wasn't worse. It's going to be a rough 7 weeks especially with summer but your arm will be stronger than ever before. I never could understand why a bone that has been brokes is supposed to be stronger when it heals.

    At least we have the promise that in paradise, we won't have any more broken bones etc. emoticon
    2533 days ago
    Sorry this happened to you but so happy that you are still at it Spark-wise! Typing with your left hand and taking walks, GOOD FOR YOU! Love how you are turning a negative into "adjusting" by treating yourself to a mani-pedi! And, the cast will be off in time for your beach trip ~ what a good attitude! I have a feeling you'll be discoing other things you enjoy this summer besides gardening with that attitude! Proud of you and sending hugs and well wishes!
    2533 days ago
    Oh no. I'm sorry. emoticon
    2533 days ago
  • MIMO11
    Nasty break WDW!!!! Can you convince your daughter to do some of the digging, so you can just seed and weed? That might be workable left handed. I know how disturbing it is not to be able to get into your garden. Good luck to you.
    2533 days ago
    I posted a comment about how I knew what you were going through because I had an injury last year when I sprained (twice) my ankle. Ugh! Then I hit a wrong key and "poof" it disappeared. Any way... the convention was miserable and I almost had to take crutches. Couldn't go walking or biking. didn't even get my bike out. :(

    I am really glad the cast will come off before your trip though. that will make the Summer better. Take care.
    2533 days ago
    Oh you poor thing! OUCH! Please take care of yourself.

    So emoticon this happened to you! emoticon emoticon
    2533 days ago
  • DJHS121655
    i had a similar break last summer and also am a gardener i too was really upset but with me i use crutches due to a knee disability so i was stuck in a wheelchair all summer emoticon
    2533 days ago
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