After my crash landing, I felt very certain about one thing: I was not getting up. I knew that if I tried to move I would faint, and the pain in my left elbow and wrist was intense. Besides, it wasn't so bad lying there in the sun; I only wanted some crackers as ballast. A group of well-meaning people quickly and inevitably gathered round.
Lisa took our bikes back to her house, the car was brought round, and eventually we made our way to Langley Memorial hospital. Aside from being in a lot of pain, I was mad at myself for not being more careful and avoiding the accident altogether. It took me a day or so to get over this and just accept what had happened - which actually is a pretty short time to be hard on oneself.
They took x-rays and we waited for the emergency room doctor. It was well past lunch so Lisa picked up a couple of pastries from the hospital cafeteria. When it was finally our turn to see the doctor, he took one look at the food wrappers and said "well, you won't be going in for surgery today".
Diagnosis: elbow broken in 2 places.
Treatment: surgery required (must fast beforehand)
In the interim, my arm was bandaged up with a splint and supported with a sling. They gave me Tylenol 3, a CD with copies of the x-rays, and a suggestion to go to VGH for surgery since I live in Vancouver.
Back to Lisa's. How do you spend an evening with a broken elbow? Well, your friend takes good care of you. You have stirfry for dinner and then watch "Friends With Benefits", a surprisingly good rom-com starring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake.
The next day (Sunday) Lisa took me to VGH. More x-rays and a CT scan. This time I was fasting, but was eventually told that surgery would hopefully be the next day. They admitted me, but let me was allowed to go home overnight with instructions not to consume any food or drink after midnight, and to report back at 6am.
My new talent? Putting in contact lens with one hand.
To be continued - again. Since I won't have any project or kitchen related updates for the next little bit, I might as well go on with my little saga...