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. Before the procedure – you can actually see that my wrist is at a strange angle. 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!