Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Report from the front

I'm typing with 2 hands. Can't do it very long, though.

I was walking to work. I was 5 steps from the stairs. I felt my toe catch (the grating? the sidewalk? my other shoe?) and then I had that interminable time-slowing thing as I watched the sidewalk come toward me and calculated that I couldn't do anything to stop it. I felt my knee thwap into the sidewalk and I just lay there for a second flat on my face. You know how you fall and you kind of know the feeling, like "ow, I fell, fuck" but you know the difference when it hurts way more.

This hurt way more.

I thought it was my knee. I cried. 2 old ladies picked me up. I knew I couldn't just get on the train like this so I tried to figure out what to do. I'd been thinking about MKAEP (trying to work out my daddy issues and she's my partner on that) so I called her. Figured she'd talk me off the ledge and I'd just go to work late. I knew I needed to look at my knee before I went to work and I was too scared.

We talked. I cried. I finally looked at my knee and it didn't look the right shape.

Off the phone with MKAEP, on the phone with Pony Express because who else do you call when you need a considered opinion on which ER to go to? Called Audio Girl to tell her I wasn't going to work. Hobbled across the street. Hailed a cab. Spent cab ride realizing that the arm was as least as bad as the knee. Went to the ER.

Spent the next 3 hours at the ER. Much content to be found there but I can't type that much.

After many X-rays it seems that the knee is fine, the wrist is fine. The elbow has an eensy fracture. I forgot to ask exactly where in the elbow. So I'm supposed to keep the elbow immobilized for 2-3 days and then I'm supposed to move it. Also supposed to see an ortho. Have an appointment on the 23rd.

I took a shower today. That's interesting with one arm. Takes a while. As does everything.

I feel much better today. Knee feels a LOT better. The arm is very swollen. The elbow won't straighten completely, which concerns me, but I'm going to chalk that up to the swelling until the ortho tells me differently or I will freak the fuck out. And no one wants that. I'm going back to work tomorrow for a partial day.

Also, no, I didn't get any good drugs, they wouldn't even give me any motrin. Fuckers.

So, this hurts now and I'm going to stop but I'll leave you with this piece of advice: always bring someone with you to the ER, it's the only way you're going to get that damn gown tied.


  1. Anonymous11:22 PM

    I wouldn't worry about not being able to straighten your arm. I sprained my knee once and it was very weird, because I went to bed fine and woke up with a sprained knee. But it didn't hurt at all so the only way I knew something was wrong was that it looked swollen and I could only bend it about half way. So with what happened to you it would be wierd if you COULD straighten your elbow all the way.

    I'm sending you pain free, quick healing thoughts!

  2. Now THAT is a bad morning! So sorry you had to go through it.

  3. Anonymous7:07 AM

    Ugh. I'm so, so sorry. I'm very glad you're feeling better, though.

    Chocolate is on the way!

  4. Anonymous4:31 PM

    Oh, I'm so sorry! I agree, it would be surprising if you could fully bend and/or straighten your elbow.

    You know I can't help but offer my unsolicited soon-to-be professional advice and tell you that while you're waiting for your ortho appointment, you should follow their recommendations, but be sure that you move your shoulder and wrist through the full range a couple of times a day, as they can stiffen up pretty quickly and cause problems in the long run. (Doctors never remember that part.)

    Sending good thoughts your way!

  5. Anonymous5:51 PM

    Be gentle with yourself and try not to be too frustrated at the tremendously achy/stabbing pain moments. But I do recommend as much swearing as possible - it and chocolate (organic, bien sur, and on the way via Chili!) should help quite a bit.

    Sending good thoughts!!

  6. Anonymous7:22 PM

    Ouch! At least you're getting chocolate.

    Lately, I've felt like heading that kind of thing off by preemptively laying down on the sidewalk and just staying there until the whole thing blows over.

    Hope the arm catches up with the knee soon.

  7. When I first started reading this, I was going to say that I could feel your pain because I fall. A lot. But none of my falls, not even the one up, yes UP, a set of concrete stairs, ended up that bad. Hope you feel better soon!