For the second time in less than 15 years I have managed to eat asphalt in a big way. I was on my way to the Ford dealership to pick up my Escape. I decided to run the five miles to the dealer. About a quarter mile from the house some unseen force sent me face first into the roadway. I rolled over and out of the road to assess the damage. A kind man pulled over in his SUV to offer assistance. I knew I had slammed the asphalt pretty hard. The bloody scrape to my right knee and my left hand were ample evidence of what had happened. I jogged back home, cleaned it up and bandaged the wounds.
I decided since my arms felt "okay" that I would try to run to the dealership. The five miles went pretty quickly. By the time I had driven home I was starting to stiffen up. I decided to hustle over to my doctor's office and if worse go to the clinic. It's less than a mile away. It was 10:30 a.m. and the clinic didn't open until noon and my doctor was packed. So I went home, took a pain pill, showered and headed into work.
I sensed that trouble awaited because it took me five minutes to peel my shirt off prior to the shower. Then I could button up my dress shirt to the top. By 2 p.m. the pain was overwhelming and I headed back to the clinic. Just the act of driving had become a challenge. My left arm screamed with pain, especially the elbow. The right elbow hurt but I could move it with much less difficulty.
The clinic is amazing. I've used it three times now and it's always been in and out. I got checked out by a doctor and x-rays in less than 40 minutes. I screamed my way through the x-rays on my left arm nearly passing out for the first time in my life. Shockingly enough the x-rays showed that my right elbow is fractured, not the left. The pain only got worse through the day. Sleep was a challenge last night. I had to sleep sitting up with my left arm sitting atop a "Hello Kitty" pillow.
I'm visiting my orthopedic doctor this afternoon. It will be interesting to see if he decides to put the right arm in a cast. The last time I took a fall like this I suffered hairline fractures in both arms. I was in a sling for a couple of days but the pain was nothing compared to this. Changing clothes is an interesting challenge. But the weirdest part of all of this, how the hell did I run five miles to the Ford dealership?!? Shock?!?