Well, I’m back from the Fracture clinic at East Surrey Hospital near Redhill, 12 days after my accident. I have to admit to feeling slightly disappointed as my expectation was they were going to x-ray the break again and evaluate how the healing process was going.
Having got there at 9:00 we soon got to see the consultant (as an aside, God what a bleak place East Surrey is). It wasn’t long before we were in front of the consultant, but then it wasn’t long before were leaving too.
A cursory feel of the break, a couple of efforts to demonstrate the arm could be lifted (partially) in two different arcs and then instruction to start the rehabilitation exercises in ten days time and the news I needed to keep the sling on for five more weeks! So that would be seven weeks in the sling in total.
After five weeks I’m also supposed to return for a promised x-ray and a clinical decision on how its mending. Now I may be missing something but I feel a bit shortchanged. If the break is serious enough to warrant seven weeks in a sling, then surely the time to be looking at it in detail would be now, not later? I’m after the best possible outcome so that its fixed properly, not a fudge up and the realisation that it’ll never be the same again. I was also told that getting mobility back into my elbow after that time might be an issue!!
But so far, the opportunity to have that discussion isn’t available. Now that the healing process is underway there’s a big lump in my collarbone, which I understand is inevitable but will the repaired bone really be good enough? Is it seated in the shoulder sufficiently for a full range of movement in the future? Certainly from here the lump won’t diminish, the bone will just get stronger around it.
I’ve got Private Medical Cover through my employer. Up to now I haven’t bothered because I figured there isn’t much that can be done straight off. Now I’m not so sure. I want to see what’s happening in there and talk to someone who is prepared to explain any options available so a decision can be made.
I don’t want to get to accident date + seven weeks to hear either ‘it’s not great but it’ll do’ or ‘Hmmm, nope we’ll have to do something more’. Otherwise I’ll be looking at an even longer recovery time.
One final thing. Boy did my shoulder feel weedy after trying to lift and move my arm. Them things are heavy!