Ouch is an understatement
- Sorry I haven’t posted for a number of days. I usually try to update about every other day at least. Unfortunately last Tuesday I fell. We were getting ready to decorate for Christmas and there was a lid for my toat on the floor. I stepped on it and my feet went backwards in my body went forward.
I immediately knew I had dislocated my elbow and possibly more. An ambulance took me to small town emergency room in Pawnee City. The EMTs in the ambulance tried their best to keep my body from moving as we turned Each corner and slowed down for the bumps to make the ride the least Miserable as possible.
My attending physician was surprisingly the doctor that took care of me as a child until I moved away from home at 18. It was good to see doctor Jackson again although other circumstances would have been preferred. He and all the nurses and techs that helped were very compassionate and kind and took very good care of me. They did X-rays and sedation to reduce the elbow back into place.
My arm was in too much pain for them to even consider putting a splint on it or trying to reduce it. They stabilized it very carefully by rapping a 6 inch wide elastic bandage around my whole body to hold my arm in place so it would move as little as possible during the trip and gave me some IV pain medicine before they sent me off to the big city Hospital in Council Bluffs.
My older brother had dropped everything everything from his repair shop to come help when the ambulance people came and stayed with me at the hospital. He then drove me the two hours up and stayed with me in the ER there and brought me back home. So appreciative of him and so many people that day. Talking about appreciation I also appreciate my friends Maggie and Mike were here visiting who without a moment’s start immediately to care of my two boys and we’re ready to do it for Hospital stay time if I had that.
At Jennie Edmundson Methodist Hospital I was once again met with so much compassion from Dr. Costello and nurses and Techs and an EMS student, who stayed by my side almost the whole time I was there, that took very good care of me. Even as the X-ray ladies were trying to get the best x-rays they could they listened to me on which ways we could and could not move my arm and we’re creative in ways that they moved the X-ray plates in the X-ray machine instead of me.
My nurse listen closely to me and how my allergies and ultra-rapid metabolizer of medications affected me. She was very patient took her time administering the IV morphine in two different doses so we could monitor if there was a reaction as we went. After the first half dose I could feel the itching and the tight feeling in my throat but I knew she was ready with the IV Benadryl within a Split Second if I said I needed it. With her listening close I was brave enough to try the morphine because it was the best medication to ease the pain and because there are so many pain medications but I’m allergic to. When I stayed in the hospital I’ve had nurses dismiss me telling them that my throat was scratchy or I was afraid to go to sleep because I was having a reaction to the pain meds.Marcia did everything she could to help make me comfortable cuz we waited for the pain meds to have an effect I am so grateful for her during my whole ER stay.
Finally after but I’m sure it was much conferring with Dr gaddie, an orthopedic surgeon, they decided they would reduce my elbow. That means they would put it back in place. Two years ago I had broken the other radio cap & the small town hospital had reduced it under conscious sedation and I felt it all.
Fortunately this time they actually put me to sleep although they said it was only for a few minutes. Cathy was the anesthesiologist who came in to Monitor and she made sure to reassure me and listen to closely when I let her know I had difficulty under anesthesia and that I had Central sleep apnea not obstructive sleep apnea. I knew that she was watching very closely. One minute they were putting in the medicine to go to sleep and the next minute they said how are you doing and I said good. And they said we’re all done. I looked down and there was a splint on my arm and it didn’t even hurt near as much anymore. They said there was a piece broken off from the bone so I would need to follow up with an orthopedic surgeon.
I was given a prescription for pain pills and nausea medication. My brother grabbed some ice cream bars at the grocery store while we filled the prescription. If we stopped and got a little bit of real food in our stomachs from McDonald’s before we made a short stop at his daughter’s house to see his grandkids for a little bit. My great niece gave me a card she had drawn for me and some chocolate. Seeing them was very sweet and got my mind off of the arm and emergency room for a little bit. On the way home my brother and I ate as many ice cream bars as we wanted. It was a good ending to a not-so-good day.
I followed up with Dr gaddie a few days later. In his office I mentioned that I was glad this injury was not as bad as the one I had two years ago. His response was I politely disagree with you. Then he showed me my x-rays and explained what I would need done for this injury.
he pointed out the piece that has broken off from the bone and that it was very far from everything which worried him a lot. Then he explained that not only what I need a radial cap replacement but I would also need ligament repair. A lot of ligament repair. He said there would also be a possibility of a pain in my wrist to help keep the bones lined up where they need to for healing and a possibility of an external stabilizer at the elbow.
Surgery was scheduled for the following Tuesday. However during the pre-op check in they found out that I had a tooth with an infection that needs a root canal. They said they cannot operate on me while I have an active infection. So they told me to call my dentist and get the root canal done that day or the next day so they could operate on Thursday. Getting a root canal that quickly does not happen. Fortunately the doctor researched and figured out that he could put me on antibiotics dent be able to do the surgery.
So that is where we are now. It is Tuesday, the day I was supposed to originally have the surgery. I’m taking my antibiotics and trying to keep myself from doing anything except sit on the sofa to rest and relax. That’s not me and it’s very difficult to do. But I’m getting better at doing it because I notice if I get up and do much then my arm starts to hurt more.
Checking in with a local Facebook group for people who have eilers danlos I discovered one person who had been a patient of Dr gaddie. He said Dr gaddie is a great doctor and knows eilers danlos. This came as a huge relief for me. It is often very very difficult to find a doctor in any field knows eilers danlos well because it is a fairly rare disorder. There are many precautions that need to be taken during surgery when you have a learner’s danlos. Inshore tailors danlos causes a person to have faulty connective tissue. Does ligaments that I tore are almost all connective tissue. Mine is faulty. That’s why I simple fall caused so much damage. A surgeon has to know things like more stitches are needed and longer heal time will happen and how to keep too much bleeding from happening and that sometimes anesthesia Texas differently. When we are under anesthesia AR joints can easily be subluxed and this can even cause a problem with inserting any tubes they’re using for breathing or things like that. Just a lot of different ramifications that if a doctor is not familiar with them they may not listen and really understand the importance of all these things.
The pain has really not been terrible for this injury from the point that they reduced the elbow. Before that it was horrible. However each day that goes on it seems to hurt just a little more so I will be glad to get the surgery even though I know the few days right after surgery will be the worst.
Prayers, Positive Vibes, positive thoughts are definitely appreciated. The pain in the arm has not been terrible so far, but trying to get to sleep at night has been horrible. Every time I tried to close my eyes and relax to sleep the fall keeps playing over and over in my head. My brain starts going through everything else that could happen. If a simple fall like this can mess up my arm this much then what could happen if I fell down the stairs or this other scenario or that scenario. So I have found myself binge watching Netflix until I’m so exhausted I cannot stay awake. That is not good for healing.
But the most difficult part is worrying about my boys. Both of them have clinical anxiety and it is going through the roof right now. They were both here when I fell I’m sure that was upsetting for them. I’ve also had 6 surgeries including hospital stays for some in last 3 years. So medical issues can bring up bad memories and worries for them. In addition we’ve been arguing with my 12 year olds Insurance to get his medication covered that he needs so that he doesn’t throw up everyday cyclic vomiting syndrome. My other son has Tourette’s which comes with a huge dose of dissonance fission and major anger issues. These are things that many family members and friends don’t understand so when he has a meltdown to them it looks like a temper tantrum. And he becomes very angry in times like that. He is 10 but just not able to express everything he’s feeling about how he feels with me having this injury. I’m not able to take care of him like I usually do and give him his individual attention that helps him so much.
so anyone who’s the praying type for sending healing Vibes or sending positive thoughts please direct most of those toward my son’s. They need it to help them stay calm and know that everything will be okay.
I will update as soon as I am able after the surgery. The first update maybe on my Facebook page, little zebra dragons. I tend to put short blurbs on there more often.
Thank you to everyone who is helped by there in a physical direct way or with your prayers and what you can do from a distance.