Thursday, April 28, 2011

X is for...

X-rays would be needed and I knew it.  I had had enough broken bones over the years to know the feeling of  broken.  Unfortunately, I just didn't know how badly. As I lay on the bed with my left arm resting on a throw pillow, the throbbing became more intense.  I had no one to take me to the hospital and the kids were already in bed.

Ah, the life of a single parent was not as easy as others thought.  Reaching for the phone, the pain became almost unbearable and nausea set in.  I called my neighbor who agreed to listen and check in on my kids while her husband took me to the Emergency Room.  Dropping me at the entrance, I watched him drive away into the night.

Thank goodness they were not exceptionally busy.  Being left handed, filling out the forms was impossible and once they saw it, they took care of me immediately.  I was told by the doctor that I may never be able to write with it again because of all the damage. He urged me to begin practicing with my right hand.  I would never have 100% mobility in it either.  All the good news hit me hard as the medications kicked in.

Nearly six hours had passed and after "coming to" in the Recovery Room, I asked that someone call a cab to take me back home.


  1. How horrible to be alone in such a situation.

  2. It's amazing what we can do when we have to -- I always knew you were a strong, capable lady. This story proves it. :)

  3. waiting to see if you learn to use it again..we know you can WRITE for sure. i have never had a broken bone, except for my big toe and little toe. does that count?

  4. oh yeah. the nausea would have kicked in for sure on me. my pain sensors go right for the stomach...

  5. Read what Nancy said...and so true. When you have to manage alone- somehow you do...although not ideal. I've been there.

  6. Broken bones! Yuck! I broke my wrist in half when I was a kid and it's something that you never forget. It's nice that you at least had some helpful neighbors.

  7. What a sad story :-(

    What happens when you get to Z on the alphabet? Do you start over or are you just done?

  8. I am so sorry - how long ago was this?

  9. The nurse in me is kicking in and I just want to come take care of you and stay with you!! How hard!

  10. you didn't say when this was...but it must've been a long time talk about being a single mom...
    so...did you defy what the Dr's said? if we work hard at something...we can always DO the impossible!
    i're still a lefty, right? :]

    (they told sam the same thing after motorcycle accident...he lost ALL deltoid muscle...he worked hard to rehab himself...and he's back to being a machinist...the power of self healing!)


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