It was a beautiful night for a run last Friday. I got home from work about 7:30p and quickly got out for a planned 5K. Almost a mile in, I tripped over a tree root on my usual trail and went down HARD. In less than a blink of an eye, it was quick decision time. Do I land on my head or break my fall with my arm? Well, instinct to break my fall kicked in and I landed, smack, dab on my elbow. The initial blow to my elbow hurt like pain I’ve not experienced. I’ve had a few breaks in my lifetime and one dislocation. This was way more intense. I quickly rolled onto my back to get off my arm. I’m not sure what I said during this time but I am sure there were a few expletives thrown in there.(sorry kids) Just seconds before, I had run passed a lady and her dog and she came back to see if I was ok and also helped my up. Once I was up, I was quickly able to figure out, (with exception of a couple of scrapes) the rest of me was intact. My Garmin, iPhone and iPod were also safe. So there I was, covered in trail dirt, holding my arm with my other hand, and walking back home; all the while wishing for an instant do-over to take those few seconds back in life.
After making it back home, I grabbed an ice pack from the freezer and assessed the situation for an hour. Do I, or don’t I, go to the hospital emergency room? Did I hear a crack, or didn’t I? At about 10pm, I came to realization that a hospital trip was on the agenda.
Several hours later, I was given the bad news that I have a radial head fracture. Basically, it’s a fracture of the head of the radius where it meets up with the ulna and humerus at the elbow. I was given a half cast, a prescription for tylenol 3, and informed that a specialist would call me Monday to make an appointment for my arm. (usually 10 day wait)
And so begins the healing process…..