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Broken Arm - Transience Divine
February 4th, 2005
12:58 pm


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Broken Arm
Wedesday evening, I slipped on some ice coming around a corner and broke my upper left arm, near my shoulder. I got to ride in an ambulance and now my arm is in a sling.

I feel like an invalid. My left arm is practically useless (I'm typing this one-handed), I can comfortably walk only about 1/4 speed, and everything is a balancing act to keep stresses off my shoulder. Aside from wanting me to stay in bed all day, Claudia's been indispensable (I've been trying to do everything for myself, but I was in tears from not being able to get the medicine bottle open until she could help me).

This morning I'm not doing so well. I took vicoden, but the pain is still mind-numbing. Like being punched hard in one spot all the time. But at my better stretches, I get to explore some fascinating aspects. It's like a window into the delicate interconnectivity of my skeleton-- I can raise my right arm and feel all the strains occurring on my left. And, though I'm suspicious of this, it feels like I can move my shoulder "just on the inside". I'll feel a strain in my shoulder and realize that while my arm is hanging by my stomach, my shoulder is positioned at an angle away from it, and I have to bring it back. Zany stuff!

Current Mood: uncomfortable
Current Music: Forever Young -- Bob Dylan

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Date:February 4th, 2005 11:21 am (UTC)
AIIEEEEE!!!! Oh, goodness, is there something I can do to help?

(Um, I see I need to start checking my T. email box. *deep, deep blush*)
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Date:February 4th, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the support. No, I'm all set, and my apartment is very well stocked just now. A friend just turned 21 and had her party here yesterday. Or tried to. By coincidence, she also slipped on ice bringing back food for the party and we were convinced she'd broken her foot. She had planned to get very drunk, and ended up taking my vicodin instead.

You could reply to my emails to give me something to distract myself? Should I be sending to your G. email? And while I have you here: is Nurse Jones known for her big "List" post, or just the shorter posts that came after it? I've started working through her archive.
Date:February 4th, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC)
ouch, so sorry. Though you definitely get points for originality, as the doctor said to me when i broke my first bone "it's really hard to break that bone (I manage to crack both bones in my wrist). hope the pain diminishes soon.
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