Well, my worst fears came to fruition a couple days ago. I tripped over a doggy gate on the side of my house (trying to hike my leg over the top instead of opening it) and *BAM* I fell on all fours! Now, aside from trying to figure out how to get up with all my limbs hurting, I was briefly concerned that something was broken. I moved everything and no bones were protruding anywhere. Always a good sign. I managed to get up and my right arm hurt but it wasn't excruciating. My first thought was, "uh oh, what does this mean for my RA"? well, I decided I wasn't hurt enough to go to the ER. (In all honesty I didn't want to miss the latest ER episode, which I've watched since day one). I figured I'd wait til the next day and see how I feel, and go to my doc if I wasn't feeling better. Well, I ended up not feeling any better. so I called my PCP and he made me go to urgent care. Sure enough, broken arm......IN 2 PLACES!! So, I'm in a fiberglass splint (palm to armpit) til it gets casted, and being right handed, my daily functions have been very difficult to manage. I can't write, my typing is seriously bad now, my make up looks like hell (ever try to put mascara on with your left hand? i keep poking myself in the eye). I've concocted a method to set my blow dryer so I can make a crude attempt to use a brush at the same time. I prop the blow dryer between 2 stacks of towels, works great...just hope the towels don't catch fire!! oh, and we won't even discuss the "wingspan" bulge over the top of the cast/splint (ladies-you know what I mean). I'm frustrated with this cast/splint thing because it's squishing my fingers together, so I can't move them. I'm terrified I'll end up with mushrooms growing between my fingers because I can't spread them apart.
Anyway, i'm doing what I can and I'm thankful that this didn't send me into a flare. Being on prednisone, I'm curious if that aided in "breaking" easier.......nahhhhhhh, the fact that I was airborne briefly probably did it!
Well, here's to hoping you're feeling good today. Life could be worse. You could be me! ~desiree
Published On: March 10, 2009