Those of you that are patients of mine, may know that last year I sold my car and bought a bike to make life cheaper (definitely not helped at the moment), healthier  and better for the environment (those are still positives). However, earlier in the week, I cleverly did a very impressive somersault off my bike. I found myself flying through the air to then make contact with the rather hard road surface, head first (which doesn’t seem to have changed anything?). Thank you to the kind people on Church Road that stopped to help me. It was greatly appreciated.

After reassuring everyone that I was fine; I got back on my bike and rode home. It was then that I realised that I didn’t seem to have much control (the pain came later) of my right arm. Made a mental note to ice my arm when I got home, which I did, then I went back to work – Duh! Thank you Sarah, our Homeopath who took one look at me and gave me arnica. Three hours later I thought that I was feeling a little too much pain and that may be it was because I had a fracture (it’s hard sometimes to be objective about your own well-being).

The nurse at Brighton A&E couldn’t have been more perfect for me. She understood my tears of anger, frustration and worry at being self-employed and said all the right, truthful things that I needed to hear. A very big THANK YOU to her (unfortunately my befuddled brain is unable to re-call your name). radial-head-fractureThe fracture was not that clear on the x-ray (this is common in new fractures) but the inflamed fat pads at the elbow and my lack of ability to pronate or supernate my right elbow, strongly suggested a radial head fracture. So I was sent on my way with kind words (which I needed) and codeine (which I haven’t needed).

On the bus home… the reality of not being able to work for 6 weeks… how were my patients going to cope… how was the clinic going to be able to cope… how was I going to cope. Sh*t happens and in the whole realm of terrible things that could have happened to me this was nothing, just a fractured arm. I decided very quickly that if I couldn’t work for 6 weeks then I would really use those 6 weeks to my benefit and do the things that I want to do but never seem to have the time or energy to do. But first I would need to take care of the clinic.

As soon as I got home I called around to try to find a suitable chiropractor to locum for me. Thank you to Matt and Amber at Sundial House and Karen at ICAK for all your efforts. I called an old friend of mine from college, Paula Moore; we were in the same year at the AECC and so therefore, graduated together.  I lucked out as she was able to cover a couple of days a week for me. YIPPEE and thank you Paula. Now all we had to do was convince my rather loyal patients, that seeing Paula was a good thing and that waiting 6 weeks for me to return was not. They are coming around to the idea, especially when they realise that she is much ‘nicer’ than me. Paula and the clinic settled, now  time to heal…

A friend, Lin Bridgeford,  had heard of my predicament and offered her help with some sound therapy. Something I had never experienced before so was interested to try.  I love listening to music and feel great after singing or dancing so it makes sense to me that sound could be of benefit. Lin left me feeling calm, relaxed and feeling ‘lighter’. Thank you Lin.

A little later, another friend of mine, Jeremy Corner, who produces the most beautiful greeting/wedding cards (his wife, Jo, generously did the art hanging in the clinic and they also provide the clinic birthday cards), popped over with some comfrey (also know as ‘bone knit’) from his garden. Thank you Jeremy. I hastily turned my one hand to making a poultice which turned out to be quite a messy business due to not having the correct tools. Here it is on video for those of you that would like to know how to (or how NOT to) make a poultice.

I left the poultice on for about 4 hours then went to bed. The next morning I could touch my nose (with my fractured right arm), wash my left armpit as well as apply a deodorant, do up my bra (no easy feat with one arm) and not spend 5 minutes in the toilet just trying to pull my knickers up. All in all, if you ever have a fracture, I would highly recommend using comfrey poultices, it helped with both reducing the inflammation and pain.

Later that day, I had lunch with a friend, Tracy Gates (Osteopath and owner of Pure Bio, suppliers of great supplements, herbs & stuff), but pre-lunch she gave me some treatment for my battered head and ribs. I think the treatment was more painful than the fracture. Yeh – I know all my patients are saying ‘Huh – now you know what it feels like’. Believe me, I do. Thanks Tracy, it was really needed and appreciated.

A rather good start to 6 weeks of healing. I’ll keep you posted.