The surgeon said it was one of the worst he has seen; he is not a young man. Here, in glorious monochrome, the full story so far and I would like Meryl Streep to play me because boy was there drama.
I was Sunday July 9th, 8.30 am. I had washed the cats’ bowls and was heading back into the utility room when my leg hit the corner of the recycling box and I began falling. I have had vivid nightmares of the moment each time I fall asleep. I put out my right arm to save myself, my knee hit the floor, my arm went on travelling and my shoulder stopped where it was. The OH still abed, came rushing at the noise, he thought the cats were fighting but the noise was coming out of me. When I got up the long bone in my upper arm was pointing out but not breaking the skin. In this condition, I went upstairs, got dressed, got a suitcase, added clothes, came back down and had one of the most stupid conversations ever with the ambulance people who were reluctant to send an ambulance in case someone had a heart attack that morning. The conversation included the words: now just listen to me Jane and stop making that strange noise………..
In the end the OH put me in the car and took me. At the hospital, he just stopped near A & E and I stumbled in. making the noise. They knew what it meant, a wheelchair was produced, and a bed and a sling. I spent the first half hour next to a lady who died but was revived, then I got a cubicle. I had sips of water and, after two hours, pain relief. Oh blessed morphine. Given that I have been a grateful member of Al-Anon for six years, I have frequently stated that I wish all drugs including alcohol be whisked away from the planet and uninvented. I wish to revise this view; I could not have got through the last two weeks without morphine. All the nerves from your upper trunk, your clever right arm and all points south go through that shoulder and up your neck to your head so you can get the full benefit of feeling. All of it. At the most extreme I experienced the pain as great pressure, as if someone had leaned a heavy building on me.
I am posting this now, I need to stop, I am typing left handed, one finger. More later.
NO count, no min.
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