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collar bone update

Posted: 24 Dec 2007, 3:48pm
by eileithyia
having seen main man at fracture clinic today, my collar bone needs a plate on it and will be spending friday at royal preston having it sorted. main man himself coming in to do it, apparently local specialist for arm and shoulder injuries. he was not amused by time delay in referral to him.
so hopefully it will not be too long before i can back to typing with both hands, and any other functions that require fully working 2 hands.

Posted: 24 Dec 2007, 4:01pm
by rower40
Much Sympathy. Best wishes for your recovery.

Also, on behalf of other forumites, could you pass on our thanks to the dedicated Health Service professionals who keep our essential services ticking over the Christmas break.

I've just been to Addenbrokes Hospital to pick up my father's medication, and, apart from a few Santa hats, it appeared to be a normal working day for them.

Posted: 24 Dec 2007, 11:48pm
by reohn2
Good to hear you'll be plated up (thought it looked a bit 'lumpy')at least it'll speed up the recovery time.All the best for Christmas and the New year. See you soon.

PS Hope you're not in as much pain than you looked on Wednesday.

Posted: 27 Dec 2007, 11:06am
by eileithyia
hi rower40, as a health service employee who frequently works holidays your remarks are appreciated. all too often we deal with disgruntled patients who feel their xmas is ruined due being in such an establishment but seem to forget it is also our xmas, we try to keep everyone's spirits up, but moaning minnies do become tedious.

r2, yes it was pretty uncomfy, more due to not being able to sit comfortably and needing to support the shoulder. hopefully once plated it will be more supported and usable. it is still quite uncomfy but think i am just getting more accustomed to it feeling so bad.

happy new year.

ps looking at bike it seems i was lucky i naturally free wheel with right foot up, damage is all in the bottom bracket area/chain stays, i was lucky my ankle was not caught by the bumper.

Posted: 27 Dec 2007, 6:04pm
by chambo3413
I did mine in 2000 playing rugby(a monster crushed it into 5 pieces and dislocated my shoulder as well) it smarted a bit but I walked off the pitch and had a quick pint whilst waiting for the good lady to take me to hospital as I knew there would be a wait in A&E , there was it was the last game of the season and A&E was full of rugby and a couple footballers. Although I had to wait 3 hours due to a bad RTA the sevice I got was excellent as was the after care, I now have full mobility and no problems in cold weather either (yet)...good luck it WILL get better

Posted: 29 Dec 2007, 9:02pm
by Mrs Tortoise
I've been on the receiving end of healthcare too, had a lumbar decompression (microdiscectomy) on 23rd November - spent all of 29 hours in Dorset County Hospital. Back on a bike in 8 days, though not doing much more than a couple of miles most of the time. Amazing how quickly one loses fitness, have been told by my GP (a cyclist himself) to keep the exercise gentle for at least 8 weeks. I have 3 to go.

Whilst the treatment I received was excellent, so no complaints, I prefer to be dishing it out rather than receiving it. I know, clinicians make poor patients!

Posted: 29 Dec 2007, 11:59pm
by reohn2
Mrs Tortoise wrote:I've been on the receiving end of healthcare too, had a lumbar decompression (microdiscectomy) on 23rd November - spent all of 29 hours in Dorset County Hospital. Back on a bike in 8 days, though not doing much more than a couple of miles most of the time. Amazing how quickly one loses fitness, have been told by my GP (a cyclist himself) to keep the exercise gentle for at least 8 weeks. I have 3 to go.

Whilst the treatment I received was excellent, so no complaints, I prefer to be dishing it out rather than receiving it. I know, clinicians make poor patients!


Glad to hear you're on the mend Mrs T :0)

Posted: 30 Dec 2007, 10:12am
by Mrs Tortoise
Thank you r2. Happy New Year everyone may 2008 bring all you need and some of what you want. :D

Posted: 30 Dec 2007, 6:28pm
by reohn2
Mrs Tortoise wrote:Thank you r2. Happy New Year everyone may 2008 bring all you need and some of what you want. :D


Same to you Mrs T :0)

Posted: 31 Dec 2007, 9:50am
by reohn2
Whats the latest Sharon?
How are you feeling?
Mobility any better?

Posted: 1 Jan 2008, 10:18am
by eileithyia
mrs tortoise, glad to hear you are recovering.

hi r2, feeling better each day, was pretty lousy on sunday and think the pain killers made me ill. this is the first day i have felt up to sitting at the computer. still having to keep it well supported and physio said no mobilising until follow up on 14th :-(, so that will be a month of inactivity for the joints.

as phil said last night, there will be other (better) new years, but more importantly am still here to tell the tale and fight back.

Posted: 1 Jan 2008, 1:59pm
by Mrs Tortoise
Thanks eileithyia, I hope the New Year brings you rapid healing and pain relief, and that you'll be cycling again as soon as it's possible. Good luck with the claim - is there a CCTV camera at the junction that could support your case?

Posted: 2 Jan 2008, 10:21am
by groveller
Hi Eileithyia, glad to hear you are making progress, it's hard to be a patient patient. Hello also to Mrs Tortoise, I had the same op., some years ago, I hope yours is just as successful. All the best for 2008 to you both.

Collar bone update.

Posted: 5 Jan 2008, 6:03am
by Diane Bulley
Sorry to hear you are in trouble Eleitheya. Whether you work for the NHS or not - bone jobs are always slow. Proven by yearly dates on other postings.
I slipped in the bath, and damaged my spine over 2 years ago. This week is the first time I can sit and sew at my sewing machine for longer than 10 minutes without getting back ache.
My advice to all is to get a safety handle fitted on the wall by the bath and a non-slip mat. Better to be safe than sorry.
To Eleithya I would say rest the injured bones by taking up a different exercise using a different part of your skeleton.
You are ok from the waist down, so long walks would be helpful, as you can keep your arm and shoulder steady in a sling.
I have had 2 broken wrists, and have had to have some blood tests to ascertain the amount of calcium in my bones - get the result in March. The hospitals are very good with us old 'uns. Good luck from Diane.

Posted: 6 Jan 2008, 7:12pm
by eileithyia
hi db, thanks for the good wishes. because arm is still in a sling the weight is pulling on my neck + shoulder and even walking any distance at the moment is uncomfortable. have also been surprised by how tired i have been/how quickly i seem to tire, and that is someone who is pretty fit. i guess the codeine has not been helping but have been reducing those over past couple of days.
other area of concern, when it was cold the other day the collar bone seemed to burningly ache a great deal, and wondered if it was the metal becoming cold!

good news is, i took dressing off today and it looks to be healing ok.

just wish i could do some of my x-stitch but even that has not been possible.

on the up side, new bike is ordered and if ctc cannot fight the case then i have an accident policy that pays for broken bones and should cover most of the cost of the replacement.