Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Don't break your arm, it hurts

Hey guys, remember this?
After a few hours of debate, 1200 mg of ibuprofen, and a lot of pain, I decided to take myself in to urgent care to see just how bad the damage was. My handy nurse instincts were telling me it was something serious, but my stubbornness didn't want to face the fact that I could have broken a bone.
Can you see the tiny crack?
 
Lets start from the beginning, shall we? After Derek and I got home from work, he installed some new clipless pedals on my bike, since I finally got around to buying some shoes to clip in. I rode up and down the driveway for some practice, being that this was my first time riding clipped in, and was doing pretty well getting my feet off the pedals quickly. Until I wasn't. As I was turning around to head back to the house, I couldn't unclip my left foot... and that's the way the bike started to fall and I put my arm out to brace myself. Since my foot was still clipped to the pedal, all my body weight went right on my arm.
 
At this point it hurt, but I thought it was just jammed and I would be able to just shake it off. So I went inside cooked and ate dinner with Derek and made an ice pack for my sore elbow. As I was getting ready for bed I realized I could no longer extend or bend my elbow without the pain intensifying. Derek was convinced it was only jammed and I really really wanted to agree with him but something was telling me it was worse.
 
Finally at 11 the pain was bad enough to get me out of bed and go to urgent care. I had to get Derek to help me a little and I think the funniest thing about all of this was him trying to get my hair in a ponytail (you would think an engineer could grasp such a simple concept). After my hair was out of my face and my clothes on straight, Derek's mom took me to urgent care. When the doctor confirmed the fracture, I burst into tears. He looked a little nervous, reassuring me it wasn't the worst that could happen but all I could say was "You don't undeerrrrstaaand, I have a raaaccceeeee!"
 
 
I finally made it home around 2:30 am and passed out. Thankfully, being a nurse at a rehab facility has its perks, because I know people who know people and I should be first on the list to see an orthopedic specialist today.
My arm at the moment. Now I've got to figure out how to put a bra on one-armed.

26 comments:

Rachel Murphree said...

Oh noo! I have always been afraid of riding clipless. I hope you heal soon!
- Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

Alyson said...

Yikes! Sorry to hear that! Never fun.

And I love how hard it was for your boyfriend to put your hair up in a pony tail. Just the other night, my sister-in-law taught my husband how to braid and he had the hardest time figuring out how to work the rubber band at the end. So funny!

It's funny what us girls just know:)

Cheers,
Alyson

Jackie said...

Ugh so sorry about your arm. At least your nurse instincts kicked in...from time to time those skills are useful outside of work. I hope it heals fast!

Alex[andra] said...

Omggg.. I'm sorry to hear!! Seriously hope it heels fast!

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

Yikes! i hope you heal fast!

-kathy
Vodka and Soda

Tami said...

Omg girl! Nooo! I'm so sorry. How crazy! Hope your appointment goes okay

the florkens said...

Glad you have an answer but it sucks that the answer is fracture! I was afraid of that last night reading your tweets! Big hugs coming your way from Arkansas -- hoping that it heals soon and that you aren't away from the bike for too long!

And that you figure out that one-handed bra thing. You know, that could become an awesome bar trick that you bet people on. Think about it.

-Kate
www.theflorkens.com

scrapperjen said...

Oh my goodness!!!!!! Take care & I hope things get easier soon.
HUGS and get well wishes!

Morgan said...

I hate that it really is broken! I was hoping it would just be jammed like you thought. I can help you carry your books at school tomorrow :)

Kelly Louise said...

aww! that is so scary! i've never broken a bone, i can't even imagine the pain. hopefully it's a super quick heal :)

brooke lyn said...

noooooo! so sorry lady! heal quickly.

Jay T said...

I am SO SORRY!! When I was in high school I hurt my hand and had 40+ stitches and couldn't use it for over a month. Everything was awful. The bra took forever to figure out, I had to hook it in front and then try and move it to the back. I hated it. I am so sorry.

Recently Roached said...

I've never broken a bone, but this sounds totally terrible. I'm sorry, lady! Feel free to do the ugly Kim cry all day.

Cece said...

You poor thing. I've never broken a thing either. I will say I could never figure out how my husband rides with clips. He's gotten good enough that he can clip out before he falls but jeez! It sounds terrifying and I'm sure I'd do exactly what you did.

Sara Elizabeth said...

Oh nooo :( I'm so sorry to hear this! What is the recovery time like? Thinking of you!!

Brittany said...

Ouch :( I hope you heard some good news today.

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