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Back At The Hospital

monkeybar Take a look at the middle photo in the collage above and just see how happily I’m swinging through the air – like a little monkey. Won’t be doing that anytime soon (or ever again). A couple of days ago I decided to give the same monkey bars a go when out running – resulting in a fractured wrist and extreme pain.

What happened was that my hand simply slipped and I fell on my bum and tried to prevent the fall with my hand – not a smart move! I broke the main bone in my wrist called the radius. My wrist looked all deformed, but I was still wishing that it wouldn’t be broken when walking back to the house. However, the doctor at the emergency clinic took one look and said it’s broken, which the x-ray also confirmed. At this stage I wasn’t in that much pain yet, but it got a lot worse – so bad that I couldn’t sleep at all that night. As I’m breastfeeding I can’t take any other medication but paracetamol and ibuprofein. They put a temporary cast on and gave me an appointment to get the bone realigned 2 days later(!) After 2 hours of waiting with Matthew and Lana in tow I finally got seen. I was given a local anaesthetic during which the doctor pulled and jerked my wrist back on track.

The procedure wasn’t painful, it was just really, really odd to see my arm look all dead and white (most of the blood had been drained and the anaesthetic inserted instead) and not being able to feel it! It was like somebody else’s limb. Like when you sleep on your arm and it becomes numb – just a hundred times worse. Yuk. Anyway, after more xraying the doctor said the result was perfect – in fact the best realigned wrist today 🙂 (out of 4 haha!) Will have another check-up in a few days’ time and the cast replaced with a lighter one. Apart from the waiting bit I was very pleased with the service and how nice and professional everyone was. IMG_3630 Before the procedure – you can actually see that my wrist is at a strange angle. IMG_3633 Where I go, Lana goes. Feeding her with the new, straighter cast on. it was strange being back at the hospital she was born in only 4 months earlier. I realised that this year has been the most painful one in my life so far: first the birth and now a broken wrist. Well, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! Obviously this situation is far from ideal when having a 4-month old baby to care for, but I’m trying to stay positive and I’m convinced things will work out somehow when it comes to looking after Lana.

The worst part is that at the moment I can’t lift her at all, so Matthew has to work from home and we have to rely on help from his parents. It feels like I’m letting Lana down by not being there for her 🙁 She had a massive meltdown last night, and I think it was because everything’s been turned upside down and she can sense that something’s not right. She’s been looking very puzzled and just quietly observed me when I’ve been in pain… I also don’t know if I’ll be able to fly to Finland on July 7th as it usually takes 6 weeks for the bone to heal, but will get there one way or another. Might just be a little later in July.

It was a shit thing to happen, but it’s no point feeling shit about it. Instead I’m going to focus on recovering as fast as I can by making sure I eat well and get all the protein, minerals and vitamins I need for optimal healing! The pain is less excruciating now the bone’s in its right place and the painkillers have taken effect. Hope I’ll be able to sleep tonight! I’m sure something good will come out of this experience too. How unpredictable isn’t life?!

x Nina x

PS. Typing with one hand wasn’t too bad at all 🙂 PPS. If anyone’s gone through the same thing please let me know your experiences; how long it took to recover and how quickly you could start using your hand again!

Nina Äikäs

I’m a Swedish-speaking Finn who left Finland for the lovely and thrilling London town in 2011, but after meeting an equally lovely and thrilling Scotsman I somehow now find myself in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. In February 2015 our gorgeous little girl arrived and made us a happy family of three. Follow my blog and get to know us!

  • Annika B

    Terrible!!! Get well asap! Fortunately you get some help. Shitty timing: infant mum, Finland trip, summer, but nothing you could do to prevent this happening. Just remember how lucky you otherwise are!

    June 4, 2015 at 5:22 pm Reply
    • ninaaikas

      Exactly – things could be so much worse! I’m determined to make a quick recovery 🙂

      June 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm Reply
  • Leena F-B

    Oh no Nina! I can imagine that Lana is feeling the changed situation but don´t worry, she´ll quickly adapt I´m sure and hopefully you´ll be feeling better soon! Kram till er!!! <3

    June 5, 2015 at 8:30 am Reply
    • ninaaikas

      Thanks 🙂 maybe it’s a good thing so she doesn’t get too attached with only me ?! I’m feeling so much better now the pain is under control 🙂 x

      June 5, 2015 at 9:38 am Reply
  • Erja Äikäs

    Hi Nina, my beautiful goddaughter!

    So sorry that this accident happened to you but you’ll recover sooner you notice!
    I hade the same experience last autumn (same radius bone in wrist) and was away from
    work exactly one month. After getting back to work the hand was of course very strange
    for a while but suprisingly soon it was working well again. You should remember that I am 30
    years older than you so no worries!

    Hope to see you and Lana and Matthew then later in summer here in beautiful Finland!

    Love from your godmother Erja

    June 11, 2015 at 9:58 am Reply
    • ninaaikas

      Oh that’s great to hear that you recovered so soon – there’s hope for me too!?Yes hope to see you too,this time we’ll stay for 6 weeks at least ?xxx

      June 11, 2015 at 10:35 am Reply
  • Maria R

    Oi jösses Nina!! De va hemskt! Men tur att du tar det så optimistiskt, de hjälper säkert, och läker på nolltid. Kram!

    June 11, 2015 at 1:57 pm Reply
    • ninaaikas

      Tack för de uppmuntrande orden,hoppas verkligen det läker supersnabbt ?

      June 11, 2015 at 2:46 pm Reply

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