Wednesday, March 2, 2011

You've got to be kidding me!!

So last week on monday the 21st of February, I was taking my dog to get neutered.... and slipped on the ice getting out of my van. I landed on my left elbow and it hurt a little but I didn't think much of it since I was trying to get Rosco checked in for his surgery. While driving home I decided to feel my elbow since it was starting to feel funny. I felt a big lump. It kinda scared me a bit. When I got home I had to talk myself into taking my sweatshirt I was wearing over my t-shirt off to get a look at it. It was not pretty. It looked like someone had shoved a golf ball under my skin. I called my mom at work to see the best thing to do. She said ice, ibuprofen and a sling. My sister was so nice and came up to my house to bring me a sling and clean out and bandage me up. Here is a couple pictures I took that morning off my cell phone (so I could send it to my mom to look at). Be warned...it's gross!


Now this is what it looked like 2 nights ago. Not pretty at all, but the swelling had gone down quite a bit. But.... it hurt worse every day and not better. I only wore the sling the first day since I couldn't get anything done with it on. Probably not one of my best ideas.



So my mom kindly suggested I really needed to go have it looked at. So once again my amazing sister came and watched my kids yesterday so I could go to the Doctor. He was not impressed with me for waiting 8 days to come in. He did some x-rays and range of motion tests. Diagnosis? I cracked my elbow. Awesome. I have an infection in the skin where the scrape was (very common I guess), but coupled with a crack in the bone can lead to some serious stuff if the bone gets infected. Double Awesome.
So... I am on strong antibiotics, pain killers and ibuprofen for swelling and the dreaded sling for 3 weeks. I have to go back on friday to make sure the infection is getting better. Triple Awesome.
Being one handed is not boding well for having 4 kids, 2 of which are very dependent still. It's been interesting to say the least. I just hope it heals fast now that I am on the right track.
I just didn't have any excitement going on right now. LOL.

5 comments:

Deb and Spence said...

Yep that is pretty gross! You are like mom of the year. I've been struggling with just having two and hospital stuff. I hope the next three weeks fly by!

Tanya said...

Oh my gosh Mel! OWWWWWWW and UGH!

Desiree said...

Oh Melissa...Ugh. Sorry. As if you needed one more thing to deal with. Hang in there!

Annie said...

Ouch. That does not look fun! I hope it heals quickly!

Allie said...

that looks horrible!! im sure by the end of the sling time you will be awesome at being one handed! so sorry!!