On the 13th of January 2020, I fell on black ice 6 doors from my own front door. I fell heavily on what seemed to be my left side but found on trying to move this was nigh on impossible, due to extreme pain in my left elbow. I knew something was seriously wrong as I could not put any weight on it at all and could not get off the ground. At the same time as this my legs went underneath at an angle and my right leg in particular was throbbing and tingling. A worker from a construction company working in my street lifted me onto a board and in the process injured his own back, hence he too fell on the ground and could not move. In the process of the lift though, I managed to straighten out my legs. Kind neighbours' and the remaining lads in the construction team, brought water and blankets to us both. Indeed, the gentlemen who moved me gave very precise instructions to his team on how they were to move him at one go onto a thick blanket to avoid the extreme icy coldness of the ground going through to his body.
Two ambulances were called but only one came after two hours of waiting. The man who was injured stayed cheerful and upbeat throughout, whereas I felt like drifting in and out of consciousness. However, the lads were marvelous they kept me alert until the ambulance came. I was placed onto a manga chair which they pumped up on alternate sides until I could stand up. However, the pain I had in my arm was just so bad that on a scale of 1-10 it was a 12. The paramedics gave me paracetamol to reduce swelling but not the pain. In the hospital I was given morphine and eventually I was knocked out to reset my arm. I was given a temporary plaster and sling, and on the next day I was x-rayed to see if they had set it in the right place. Then I was given a plaster to last a fortnight that was fixed at 90 degrees. Two weeks later I was given a brace type fitting that was left on for a further fortnight that could be moved between 90 degrees and 135 degrees. My students nicknamed me Robocop and Terminator.
I am now out of the brace but my elbow feels fixed at 135 degrees at its straightest. It also aches most of the time like mad and my wrist has limited movement too. So I am wondering how long it takes for normal movement to return to a dislocated elbow? It is still awkward getting clothes on and off, having a wash has been done at the sink for four weeks now and not in the shower as this is too risky for me and at the moment I can not tie my hair back. Even when at my computer at home or work, I have taken in a small cushion to rest my left arm on to work comfortably. I can't carry anything heavy so my right arm is getting over worked carrying files and papers to mark. Physio is due to start on my elbow and right leg soon as my right ankle now feels knotted, my calf feels knotted and my knee downwards has suffered some serious sensation loss.I generally feel fed up and just want to do the every day things with ease.