The ride to at the hospital, which should have taken only 20 minutes, took over an hour because of the winter storm. Snow was flying causing whiteouts and icy roads.
When they finally reached the emergency room at Strong Memorial Hospital, they were greeted by a nurse that provided a wheel chair and a warm pillow. Boy! Did that feel good! While her husband filled our paperwork, she was whisked away to the trauma unit.
“Shouldn’t this hurt?” she asked the nurse.
“Oh, honey, it will. Now, let’s see what this arm looks like. I think we will have to cut off your sweater and shirt, so we can take care of you. “
Once Nurse cut up the sleeves and through the neckline, the sweater was removed and an IV inserted into her arm. This was going to be the start of a very long evening, which began with several x-rays to access damage. It was determined that the ulna bone was broken and both the ulna and radial bone were fractured. Not good. The wrist will need to be set first, and then the arm and wrist would have to be put into a full arm splint for a week before a decision can be made if surgery will be required.
This is not fun…