Monday, January 17, 2011

OUCH!

So here's what you need to know about winters in North Carolina: it rarely snows, but it ices. And, in my opinion, that's a lot worse. It's difficult to clear, and it makes things treacherous. Like driving. And, yes, walking.

Case in point:

My broken elbow  : (
Can you guess what's going on in this picture?

Yeah. We had a pretty bad ice storm last week -- bad enough to close businesses and schools. And on the day that everything opened again, I had a bit of an accident. I was walking to my office from my car in our company's parking deck and had an encounter with a patch of black ice. I didn't even see it coming, and the next thing I knew my feet were up in the air.

Want to guess where I landed? CA-RACK!!!

My broken elbow  : (
See that black gap that's lightly circled?
Yeah, that's a clean break in the bone.

Directly on my right elbow, cracking the bone. I also bruised some ribs. And the only way to repair the type of injury I sustained is with surgery ... and fast. I'm scheduled to have a metal plate and screws attached to my bones early tomorrow morning.

So it's been a rough week ... and I don't think it's going to get any better for at least the next few days. I might not be around much, but I'm working tonight on pre-loading a few posts. I'll be sure to post with my status as soon as I can!

101 comments:

  1. OH NO!! That will seriously put a kink in your sewing :( Bummer. I'm so sorry... hope they make you feel better.. or at the very least give you lots of little dots in a container that take away the hurt. Feel better SOON!

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  2. Hope all goes well for you tomorrow and that you get good drugs!

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  3. That's terrible--so sorry!! Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way. I hope you are able to get back on your feet and quilting again soon, John.

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  4. Oh John - how terrible. I hope they can fix it easily and you are not in too much pain. Take it easy and it will be better eventually.

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  5. Yikes - hoping for a speedy recovery!

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  6. Bummer! The ice is much worse than the snow. Hope you mend quickly.

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  7. Oh, not good! My mom broke her wrist a few years back (in the kitchen... tripped and fell) and all was made well with a titanium plate and some screws. :) I just found your blog, but will definitely be keeping you in mind over the next few days!!

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  8. Oh, John! That's awful! I'm sorry you broke your elbow! I hope that the surgery is quick and you get some good drugs to take care of the pain! Quick recovery too! Ugh... not fun!

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  9. John we will all be thinking about you tomorrow while in sugery. I hope you can recover quickly and get back to the daily grind soon.

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  10. That's horrible. Best wishes on a speedy recovery and until then, awesome painkillers.

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  11. Good luck tomorrow. Maybe the cyber-elbow will allow for some high-speed robotic stitching...

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  12. OUCH! Sorry to hear about your accident and surgery. I hope you will start healing soon and well! Will be sending good thoughts your way!

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  13. I'm so sorry. I've fallen on the ice before...I wish you a speedy recovery!

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  14. Yuk! Be praying for a smooth recovery. Hope the kids think waiting on dad is the best game ever!

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  15. Does this mean no sewing? How sad! Best of luck with your surgery and I hope you have a speedy recovery!

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  16. John I am so sorry to hear about the trials and tribulations with the ice. I hope the surgery goes well and you recover super fast and are back to your old self in no time.

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  17. Oh no. Take care and heal quick!

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  18. Good Luck with your surgery tomorrow.
    Feel Good soon :)

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  19. Wow! I wish you a speedy recovery. Maybe there's hand-sewing in your future?

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  20. Ugh - no fun! Good luck tomorrow!

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  21. Well, that does not look like a fun way to spend time. Here's to a speedy recovery :-)

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  22. Acck! I'll be wishing you well tomorrow and be waiting to hear that you are on the mend!!

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  23. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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  24. Ooo I hate black ice! I have had bad falls including one Sunday! I will pray for your speedy recovery.

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  25. Oohh! My parents live there so I know the weather has been bad.....so sorry to hear about your accident! Get well soon!!

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  26. oh, hope you heal fast! broken bones in the snow and ice are no fun ... sorry to hear ...

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  27. Oh ouchy for sure. So sorry to hear about your fall. Hope the surgery does what it needs to and your back in full swing soon.

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  28. Sorry to hear about your accident. That is a pretty nasty break, Although it won't stop an avid quilter such as yourself.

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  29. Oh no! :( Surgery will fix everything! Feel better...we will be thinking of you!!

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  30. Hope everything goes smoothly tomorrow!! Maybe a bionic elbow will aide in your quilting!!!

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  31. Hope you have a speedy recovery!

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  32. Oh, what a drag! I am so sorry! I hope your surgery helps you feel better and you're back to your sewing machine soon.

    Best wishes.

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  33. OUCH is right!!!! Speedy recovery to you!!!

    "Sujen101 on flickr"

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  34. Oh, no! I wish for you all the best in surgery and a speedy and complete recovery.

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  35. EEEEKK! Gosh John, that does not sound like any fun! I'm wishing you a speedy recovery so that you can get back to quilting soon ;)

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  36. ugh, that's AWFUL! take care - here's to a speedy recovery!!!

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  37. Oh, John, I'm so sorry! I'll keep you in my prayers for a successful surgery and quick recovery!!

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  38. Oh no!
    feel better soon!

    In Lenoir NC we got snow (thankfully) but were closed for almost a week too!

    good luck with the surgery.

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  39. good luck John. pray the surgery goes well.

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  40. Ouch is right! Hope you heal quickly. Don't worry about posting here, just take care of yourself!!

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  41. I'm so sorry to hear that -- I hope you are back on your feet (bad pun fully intended!) in no time!

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  42. I'm very sorry to hear of your misfortune. I do hope your surgery goes through without any complications.

    Be Encouraged!

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  43. ack! that stinks! it was very icy and treacherous here tonight too so i sympathize. i almost fell twice on the walk home from work. hope the surgery goes well and you have a quick recovery!

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  44. ohhh...ouch alright...Hope all goes well with no complications.and you have a speedy recovery...LindaB (aust)

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  45. Here's wishing you a successful surgery and a painless recovery.

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  46. Oh dear. How awful for you! My DH twisted his ankle in the snow and has been hobbling around since Christmas. I think winter needs to end...right now! May your surgery and recovery go smoothly!

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  47. Oh, you poor thing! I hope surgery goes well and your recovery is quick!

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  48. Good luck with your surgery and I hope you have a speedy recovery!

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  49. John, sending prayers and a speedy recovery you way.

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  50. We get both ice and snow. I agree, ice is much worse then snow. Wishing you well in your surgery tomorrow and God's speed in healing.

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  51. John, That sounds like one nasty accident- I hope that you are not having too much pain and discomfort and that you are soon on the mend.
    Hope the surgery goes well and without complication.
    Sending you warm wishes for a quick recovery.
    Regards,
    Anna

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  52. Some people will do anything for attention!!!
    It wouldn't have been so bad if it was only the leg but the elbow as well...
    Not thought thru at all!
    Wishing you a speedy recovery all the way from Oz

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  53. Oh my goodness! I am so sorry! Feel better soon wishes being sent your way by the bucket loads!!

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  54. OUCH! Best wishes on your surgery!

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  55. Good luck with the surgery, wishing you all the best.

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  56. OMG John... Thats awful... Take Care... Best Luck for your surgery...

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  57. Oh my gosh!!! So sorry about your accident. How will you drive/eat/cut fabric/sew fabric/design quilts?/blog (oh, you seem to have that covered). Poor you! Good luck with your surgery and take care of yourself. Lots of pampering = faster recovery (I'm no health care professional, but this works).

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  58. That is terrible! I am so sorry. I can only imagine how painful it must be for you. Hoping for a VERY speedy recovery and that everything goes well with your surgery.

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  59. Don't worry about the blog...Rest and heal yourself!

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  60. Yikes! Praying that all goes well, and that you recover quickly.

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  61. You are welcome to recover here in the southern AZ sunshine (80 degrees tomorrow). I think it would help the healing process immensely, plus your wife and children would enjoy thawing out a bit, too! Seriously, I pray that the surgery goes well and that you recover quickly. And prayers for your helpers (family!), too!

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  62. wow good luck on the surgery hope you get better quick =)

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  63. Oh Nooooo! Good luck with the surgery, hope it all goes well, and here's to a speedy recovery :)

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  64. Man that sucks. Hope your recovery goes well and is quick. I say we cancel the rest of winter and head into mid-spring..

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  65. Sorry to hear about your accident. I hope you get well real soon.

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  66. Oh my goodness I have only just started following you and now you wont be here for a while!! Hope you get well soon, guess this means no quilting for a while too, now that is a bummer. Take care. Linda in France

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  67. Oh NO! I do hope the surgery goes well and that you have a speedy recovery!! Take care and ((hugs))

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  68. oh John. I'm so sorry. As someone who has two plates and seven screws in my own right elbow, I will reassure you will be good as new and ready to sew again soon. Make sure you follow your PTs advice and keep very positive thoughts about healing.

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  69. Ouch, I am so sorry. I wish you a safe surgery and a speedy recovery.

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  70. You poor thing! I hope your surgery goes smoothly and that you heal quickly. I can imagine this is going to put quite a crimp in your sewing, but hopefully not for too long.

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  71. Was it your sewing pedal knee? I hope not. All the best wishes for a really quick recovery.

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  72. OUCH is right! Prayers for a successful surgery and recovery.

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  73. YIKES!! Good luck and make sure they give you the GOOD stuff for your recovery :)

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  74. Thinking of you! I hope the surgery goes well this morning and that you mend quickly.

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  75. Good luck with your surgery. Hope you recovery quickly.

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  76. Oh no, hope all is well with you today. Be careful on the roads. One of the schools in our area had a 2 hour delay because of ice.Darn that black ice....
    PS I'm in Granville County..just up the road from you

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  77. Here's wishing you a fast recovery.

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  78. Take care of yourself! Don't worry about posts. Take it easy and rest up!

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  79. oooouch! take it easy and good luck with your surgery.

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  80. I've had my fair share of crashes on NC ice, take care, mend well and cozy up under some of your quilts!

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  81. Oh man! That stinks. I pray that it heals correctly!

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  82. My husband did a similar thing, except he cracked the end off his elbow and had to have loads of stuff in order to keep it together. He found this hand gripper thing to help regain his strength back in his hand and arm. If you need more info let me know.

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  83. I'm so sorry!! I hope you heal fast and are back in the swing of things soon!

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  84. ouch!! i feel some of your pain... i just had shoulder surgery 1 1/2 weeks ago and i've got that much left to go before i'm out of the sling and in PT. no sewing, writing or much else for me until then and sure you've got some of the same.

    good luck with surgery and have a speedy recovery!!

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  85. Hope your surgery was a success and your healing is swift!

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  86. Hopefully your surgery was successful and the process of healing has already begun. May you be back doing the things you love real soon.

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  87. Oh YOW! I used to encounter black ice on the roads when I lived near the Snowy Mountains. It's difficult to prepare for what you can't see. Hope your surgery goes well and you're back to stitching soon.

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  88. Thinking of you. I hope surgery and recovery go smoothly and you're back on your feet soon. Best wishes!

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  89. Take good care, John. Hope all goes well and that you're feeling better soon. All my best to you!

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  90. Aack! (This is my first winter in NC, and I've noticed dreadful ice lingering far, far too long.) Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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  91. Oh John, yikes! Hang in there, mend fast, and you'll be back to cutting and sewing again in no time. /pat

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  92. Oh good luck with this - I so feel for you - both with the injury and even more so, with being held back from sewing. My husband had a large screw put in one of his fingers last year after a footballing injury - it was far less traumatic than anitcipated & the physiotherapy definitely helped hugely with regaining mobility quickly. His finger does look a bit odd, but men seem to wear these scars well!

    Wishing you a speedy recovery
    Florence

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  93. Oh goodness. I can feel your pain (literally). I broke my elbow, both the radius and humerus (capitellum) on 11/2 and had ORIF surgery also. I am guessing you are right handed, as well. I’m a leftie and broke my left :( Not being able to sew has been a real bummer. I hope you are feeling good and wish you the best in your recovery. It takes a while and a lot of work, but being driven to get back on the sewing machine is a great motivator! Feel free to e-mail me if you want to ask questions or just vent or commiserate.

    Karen (naturemomm)

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  94. Ouch! Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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  95. Oh No John, that sucks... I know how you feel I broke my foot yesterday and that sucks too.. surgery no! I hope not.. find out next week.I pray you recover very quickly and can sew again soon...Love the quilt in the next post.. looks fab.
    Husg Dawn x

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  96. John don't feel alone I live in shelby and broke my right wrist last year and my left this year. The surgeon and I are now good friends. I left Chicago for warmer weather I thought. On a side note if you find a great new ergo cutter let us know. Good luck with rehab it takes time.

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  97. That's horrible. You should take some Judo classes to learn how to fall without hurting yourself. It'll hopefully keep you from breaking anything else.

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  98. This elbow thing is putting a damper on my hopes that I'll see something from Quilt Dad made from I Spy Spoonflower fabrics. :)

    Hope the forced slowing down is a good time for re-energizing!

    Susan

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  99. So, when I first opened this post and only saw the top of the x-ray without reading the title or any context, the first thing I thought was Baby Ultrasound! lol! Sorry about your arm though :(

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