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Icon 1 posted October 30, 2009 14:30      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Well, so much for my two-wheeled get-fit project.

I crashed my bike last night, and broke my left wrist, badly.

The A&E crew have put it in a temporary cast for now, while the orthopedic surgeons think about what to do. Most likely they'll do a CAT scan, then I'll go under the knife so they can pin the fragments back together.

On a positive note: the evil socialized medical system didn't scrimp on the morphine, I was high as a kite for much of last night.

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OH no! that's horrible! [Frown]

Sorry to hear that, but also glad your noggin came out OK. Hopefully evil socialized medical system can put Humpty Druid back together again.

Get well soon!

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____ TFD, did they call out "All of the Kings Horses, and all of the Kings Men?" On this side of the pond and south of 49N you would be broke forever, except for our good friends from Ontario.

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Druid - you have my sympathy. I went over the handlebars 20-odd years ago and the scars are still with me. Here's hoping all the damage can be fixed
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Sorry to hear that...it's never a good thing to happen to someone, but especially not to a typist.

In deference to your plight, I'll resist evil jokes about the above. [Smile]

Chin up, and get yourself all fixed up...and be glad you have that evil socialized medicine plan to repair you without grief. [Big Grin]

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I'm lucky, I have taken many spills, Mostly fromo cross wet tram tracks (they are unbelievably slippery) but I have never gotten more than a scraped knee. A

nd there is the time I was looking down watching how the gears shift (geekily) and hit a parked car full speed without braking, flew over the handlebars and headbutted the trunk. I would have been dead if it wasn't for my helmet (which is still scarily dented). but I just layed there for five minutes and then wandered home.

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Ouch! Good luck with the wrist!

Bike wipe-outs run in my family. All I've done is break a bike and my nose. Total amateur. My dad's broken his right femur twice in bike wrecks, once on a railroad crossing (that was a bad one; it required surgery to pin the bone back together and about 16 years later a hip replacement) and once again after a cat literally ran into him and his bike. My mom's cracked her skull. We're not sure how she fell off her bike, but fall she did and we all learned the hard way what happens if your helmet's fit isn't perfect. Fortunately, it was a minor break and she recovered quickly and, as best we can tell, completely. She also got hit by a car and her helmet snapped in two and she tore up her ear, but otherwise she was just fine and dandy. My aunt got her shoulder dislocated after getting hit by a car.

We're just happy no one's died.

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Xanthine: thanks for making me feel much better about sacrificing my wrist to save my head.

Fractured skull sounds doubleplus ungood.

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Yeah. That was about a month before I graduate from HS, when my mom wiped out. Dadthine was out of town. Momthine and I were the legal adults in the house. I was at my 0-period (before school) chamber orchestra rehearsal when she had the accident. A cop brought Middle Sisthine with him to literally pull me out of school and send us to the hospital to do the whole next-of-kin thing. Brothine and Baby Sisthine were packed off to school and generally tended to by a sympathetic neighbor. My sis and I had to ask the cop for directions to the hospital they took her too and then we drove off. I went in, signed Momthine in, made other decisions and so on until Dadthine got back into town that night (he was on the other side of the country; he caught the first available flight but it's still a long haul and, of course, the first available flight wasn't until 2 pm). Even though the outcome was as good as it gets with this kind of injury - she didn't even need surgery - that was one of the worst days of my life to date. There's only one other that wrangles with that for the top slot (interestingly enough, neither of those days involved anything that happened to me - ever notice how the stuff that happens to people you love is always worse than stuff that happens to you?).

Anyway, the best case scenario with a skull fracture is five days in the hospital. And they stick a tube in your head to monitor intracranial pressure. And send you home with a pamphlet entitled "You and Your Brain Injury".

I am not making any of that up.

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____ The Famous Druid, I must have better luck than you, all of my Hockey and Motorcycle injuries have been soft tissue. No Broken bones, the one break I did have was recocking a garage door balance spring, smashed the tip of one finger. I did split a Motorcycle helmet from back to front, but did not get knocked out.

____ Good luck on your recovery.

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Good news: the fracture specialist doesn't think surgery is required, as the fragments are in the right place for healing already. (Or should that be, "the evil socialist death panel has decided to let me die"?) I have to go back in a week for another x-ray to check that nothing has shifted.

I had to give Druidling V2.0f the "it's not polite to laugh at cripples" talk today, she found the sight of Mrs Druid tying my shoelaces hilarious.

Later, I bought some shoes that don't have laces.

Oh, and some trousers that I can put on one-handed.

Something I learned today, when your arm is in a sling, strangers smile at you in the street.

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____ Thats because people with broken bones, are doers not slakers.

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quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
That's because people with broken bones, are doers not slackers.

So a definite win, not just for the cobblestones, but also for slackers everywhere.

Thanks Moman, I was in serious danger of doing something before I read that. [Wink]

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TFD - glad to hear you are not caught up in some worst-case scenario, although it must be a rough time for you right now. A little memory from when I went over the handlebars always makes me smile, and I hope it might make you smile too:

I'm lying on a trolley in Accident & Emergency waiting to be seen by the facio-maxillary surgeon, who has been called to decide what can be done about my smashed nose.

Then she arrives, barely 30 years old to my 22 years, her name badge says "Rabia" and her black hair and coffee-coloured skin suggest to me a middle-eastern ethnicity. I'm in love before she has even spoken.

She then starts to explain that she is going to administer several local anaesthetic injections in my face so that she can rummage about in the big hole where the bridge of my nose used to be.

She also adds that I am forbidden any food or drink in case further meds are required.

Trying to make light of things I say "I'm not bothered about eating right now, just spare me the pain Doc..."

She leans in really close to my battered face and says, in a frighteningly seductive half-whisper.....

"Pain????? - Pain is my friend!" [crazy]

A well-practised line, of course, designed to set cowardly patients like me at their ease by side-stepping any nervousness - but by God she made an impression on me. [Big Grin]

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Hello Mr. Druid!

I am not happy to read that you hurt yourself on a bicycle, no-sir-eee-bob.

You could imagine you are a champion bicycle racer who broke his wrist on the grueling Paris-Roubaix race. It is the Hell of the North. Only your race would be ... Um, Hell of the Kangaroo! Ha-ha! Just a little joke there, no offence!

I hope the wrist you broke was not the one you clean yourself with. Shoe laces are one thing, the other thing is quite another!

Good luck healing!

Have a great better day!

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So sorry to hear of your tumble and break. Hope you are right handed! Broke my wrist in 1981 and can now forcast the weather. [Smile]
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Update: they are now, officially, not considering surgery. The last x-ray looked good, I have an appointment in 4 weeks to remove the cast.

One evening in the A&E department, 3 visits to the fracture specialist, and 13 x-rays. Total out-of-pocket expense: $2.40 for a packet of paracetamol.

What would all of that have cost an insured merkin?

You've gotta love that evil socialized medical system.

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OI druid sorry to hear, although quite late in the game. Good to hear they are not thinking of operating. Heal fast and be well.

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TFD: With my plan...probably ~$100. Plus the cost of the acetaminophen. [Razz]
(You say para... I say aceta... [Wink] )

Without insurance, that's a kinda scary prospect. Which is why, oh,...I dunno...the fscking legislation should pass!

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With my current very nice fed4eral employee plan, probably $150. Plus the painkiller (I prefer ibuprofen for that sort of shit). They'd probably write me a prescription for some bad-ass narcotic I won't fill too. They like to drug us over here.

With my old crappy student plan, probably around $800-$1000. It looks so pretty on paper, you know, 20% co-pay...until you realize that 20% of a large number is still a large number. A policy with a flat co-pay is really a better bet. But, as a student, I didn't really get much choice. I had to buy insurance and I could only buy what the university was selling.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
What would all of that have cost an insured merkin?

Depends on the particular 'merkin in question. Someone who's addicted to "practical" medicine (i.e. doctors and nurses and hospitals... you know, "real" medicine... the expensive kind) may have spent quite a bit of money on all that.

Personally, in my current financial situation with my current health care plan (namely: "don't get sick"), I would have taken a more "home remedy" approach.

Step one: buy a box of one dozen popsicles and a roll of ace bandage.

Step two: eat them all and save the sticks.

Step three: wash the sticks really well.

Step four: make a makeshift splint with the sticks and bandage.

Step five: pray really really really hard that your wrist heals properly.

Total cost: $15, plus you have a really good excuse to eat a dozen popsicles.

Edit 2 Add: btw, this type of behavior runs in my family.. I have a cousin that stitched his own thumb back together rather than going to the hospital. He commented: "why should I pay a doctor a bunch of money to do something I can do myself?"

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If he boiled the needle and thread, no particular reason. If he didn't, he should have gone to the doctor because his sterile technique sucks and he's risking an infection.

BTW, for a wrist, popsicle sticks aren't going to do the job. In fact, popsicle sticks are useless for any bone on an adult larger than a finger. For a wrist splint, you'd need a board or a thickish magazine (National Geographic or a couple Newsweeks stacked together). I shit you not. This was in a EMT textbook. Wrap the magazines around your hand, wrist, and lower arm. Secure with a ACE bangdage, tape, necktie, bandana, scrap of cloth, belt, twine, or anything else that's handy. You can also just use a pillow, though a bed pillow is a bit big for an arm (but they work well for legs and ankles).

Fracture First Aid 101: The principle behind splinting is immobilizing the limb above and below the break. For any break or suspected break, check for movement, sensation and circulation above and below the break site. If you've lost movement (I'm not talking about not wanting to move it because it bloody hurts, I'm talking about not being able to move it because you just flat out can't- there's a huge frightening difference), pulse, or sensation, that's a sign you've got a very complicated fracture and you're likely to lose the limb if you don't see a doc. Also, for splinting, you absolutely must check circulation, movement, and sensation both above and below both before and after you've applied the splint. If the splint changed something, take it off and rethink your approach. Also, apply some common sense. There's a technique to immobilizing necks and spines. Same for pelvic and proximal femur fractures. If you think that's what's broke, summon those that are trained to deal with it. The consequences of botched improvising are ugly. A broken skull, or broken face bones are not DIY splinting jobs. In fact, I highly recommend getting a broken nose professionally reset before it heals - if you procrastinate, it sucks even more (I promise). Ribs you can't do jack for.

Oh yeah, if there's bone sticking out, control the bleeding and get help.

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Cast-off!

The evil socialized medical system took my cast off this morning.
Ah, the flow of cool air over flaky, dry skin, sheer bliss!

Oh, and I was geekily impressed with the saw that cuts through a fibreglass cast like butter, and through human flesh not at all. Very cool technology.

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YAY!

/me raises his left wrist in a Famous Druid toast!

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____ TFD, Ah the Stryker saw. Fine piece of equipment. Though I do admit that it scares the uninformed. Now some of the European tool companies are making copies for woodworkers.

____ The blade oscillates a few degrees, very fast. The blade contains triangular teeth so it will cut going both ways. Actually a neat tool.

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