Now this was not a dainty fall, or a step wrong and windmill to regain balance. My toe caught on something and the next thing I knew I was flat on the ground. It was shocking and it hurt and I stayed stretched on the sidewalk for a moment before I got up. I could see that I had scraped my left knee badly, and my right hand and arm just hurt. I started walking home (what else could I do), alternately letting my right arm hang by my side and using my left arm to cradle it close to my body. When I made it to the apartment J took off my glove and the hand had started to swell, though it wasn't very discolored yet. He got me ice and ibuprofen, but after 20 minutes or so I was pretty certain I should go to the ER.
Everyone there was nice, but it was a busy night and slow. They did x-rays of my R hand and elbow and my L knee. My knee is messy and bruised, but otherwise fine. I broke the metacarpal bone just below the ring finger bottom knuckle, and the radial head (essentially part of my elbow). I have road rash in addition to the knee on my left elbow, right shoulder, chin, and right cheekbone. I feel like a clumsy fool.
The ER doc reduced the fracture after giving me some morphine. Holy hell, someone pulling on / manipulating your broken hand is high on the pain scale.
I am in a temporary cast that holds my right arm bent at a 90 degree angle and goes from my fingertips to a few inches above my elbow, and that is inside a sling. I see an orthopedist on Monday to find out what's next. Both of my breaks are unusual which cool, I guess?
I just can't believe I broke my hand/elbow running. <sigh>