I broke my elbow today. What did you do?

Today at work I had the bright idea of going for a walk during my break. Thins were going swimmingly–right up until I took a right on the sidewalk and came across a spot of sidewalk that was covered in black ice, with a liberal splash of snow dusted all over it to hide it.

My legs flew out from under me, and I landed flat on my back. I got up, took another step, and fell again.

For the first half hour or so, I tried to ignore the pain. When it became too obvious that I was in denial, I went to the ER. Verdict? Left radial head fracture. It hurts like the dickens, and is in a splint right now. Tomorrow I go to the orthopedist. Fun incarnate.

Snooping around online, I see that in mild cases, I should be good to go after a few days. Major cases require surgery.

Here’s hoping it’s a mild case.

In the meantime, I can’t use my left arm or hand. Typing with just my right is a much bigger pain than I thought it would be, which is why this post is going to be a short one. I really hope this is a fast recovery. So much of what I do requires both hands.


Oh well–it could have been worse.

35 years, and today’s my first broken bone. Do I win something?

I’ll keep you updated as I find out more.


  • By Janet B, January 17, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

    Yikes! I’m so sorry . . . hope it’s the kind of break that gets better on its own — really quickly.

  • By Betsey, January 17, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

    Sooooo sorry Bryce! Let us know how we can help!!! You aren’t on snow removal this week are you?! Heal quick!!! 🙂

  • By Kim, January 17, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    Oh, Bryce. I feel sorry for you. It must be so painful. We will keep you in our prayers. Once the intense pain subsides, hopefully you will at least be able to use your hand. If not you will end up with a bionic right. Get well soon!

  • By Tiffany, January 17, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

    Oh no! 🙁 So sorry, Bryce. I’ll be hoping it’s just a mild case too. Hang in there… Lots of well wishes being sent your way.

  • By Owen m, January 17, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

    You should move to Tucson, no ice. Hope you heal quickly.

  • By Stacy Whitman, January 17, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

    I had exactly the same kind of break–only mine was a hairline fracture–in my elbow from falling down the stairs as an undergrad. It also came with a nice big fat (and I do mean FAT) sprained ankle that took months to rehabilitate after a week on crutches (trying doing THAT with a broken elbow; I tried just doing one-sided crutches but eventually I gave up simply because it was almost easier to limp around without crutches, sling, and backpack). I still have elbow pain when riding my bike because of the pressure of leaning on the handlebars. So don’t force anything–let the healing do its work.

  • By Bryce Moore, January 18, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    thanks for the encouraging words, all–update on the situation to come soon.

  • By Hilary, January 19, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    You know, no ice in Arizona…
    but this does stink.
    Sorry dude.

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