Well, I started clearing the veg patch as mentioned in the last blog I wrote, which was 5 weeks ago. I had cut back hedging with the hedge cutter and then realised that i had meant to film the before pictures, off i trot and got my camera, was all set up and was walking back to the entrance of the veg patch so as to film the entrance when I tripped over a root that i had nearly tripped over several times before and was going to get Alistair to pull out with the truck or a digger. As I fell towards the gate my hand hit the gate and was thrown up and backwards as i fell forwards CRACK is what i heard and a lot of pain as i staggered to my feet and cried for Alistair. Arrived at A&E in my muddy boots and was looked after very well. Liquid morphine was the first thing i needed and actually it didn't seem to touch the pain but most probably helped anyway. Xrays taken and it showed that i had broken my shoulder - it turned out that the humerous head (the ball joint was broken in three places, it was later called smashed rather than fractured.
First two weeks were very painful and there was not much i could do but sit propped up in bed with my painkillers which my doctor very kindly gave me plenty of - and I needed them. I wont go through all the tips i could give on surviving a broken shoulder but might do that at a later date, It is now 5 weeks to the day and i am able to get about a bit but not for long before the pain starts. Don't want to overdo things and slow my progress so am taking it easy. Doctors said last week that i need to stay in the sling another 4 weeks which will make it 8 in all by the time i next see them on Oct 3rd. Saw Physio on Monday and have started some hand and elbow exercises and some pendulum exercises of my shoulder - overdid them yesterday as I was too keen so have taken it a bit easier today.
My computer wasn't working when I came over to the byre today so I have wasted time getting that up and running and now the pain is starting and i want to get back to my bed. There are funny japes and anecdotes i was going to make but pain has erased all from my mind.
Photography isn't going to happen any day soon so i am going to start painting again. At least i am left handed and it was my right that is broken. I wanted to say how transforming this has actually been, its as if i needed this to make me STOP and look at my life and there has been a lot gained by this experience and that i will cover another time. I also apologise for lack of capitol letters in this blog in places but it just gets to much stretching one hand to hold shift all the time.
Pass me the painkillers
Till next time, here is a pic of said gate taken on that fateful day