Yesterday afternoon, Tuffy P tripped out in the garden and used her right hand to break her fall, protecting herself from a head injury. Unfortunately the impact injured her right arm. I drove her over to St. Joes for an x-ray.
She has fractured her distal radius, apparently a common arm injury. They gave her some nasty drugs and set, or as they like to call it, reduced the break. Then they put a plaster cast on, took another x-ray and sent us home.
We were very impressed with the team at St. Joes. We went to emergency and given her injury was not as severe as some of the things ER doctors have to deal with, we feared we would have a long wait. However, it turned out we were in and out in 4 hours. The team seemed to be highly organized, experienced and dedicated.
There was a humourous moment when Tuffy P came out of the sedation. Her first groggy words were, “I’m never voting for Doug Ford!” Then she commented on the colours she was seeing from the drugs they gave her (lots of alizarin crimson) and asked the ceiling to kindly stop moving around. I think the drug which caused the reality bending was ketamine. When I broke my ankle a couple years ago they gave that to me as well, causing a different set of weird effects.
This morning we showed up at 7 for the fracture clinic. The bone guy looked at the cast and the x-ray and said they did a good job last night and nothing more needs to be done today. We were in and out of the fracture clinic in an hour. We go back in a week for another x-ray. At some point they will likely replace the plaster cast with a fiberglass one. She will need a cast for about 6 weeks.
I’m cancelling my planned trip down to the Rockbridge Festival in Virginia just after Labour Day so I can be around to provide all the support I can for Tuffy P.