WDP — Broken Bones

Daily writing prompt
Have you ever broken a bone?

Funny you should ask. When I was a kid, I broke the pinky finger on my right hand playing little league baseball. As a teenager, on my paper route, I broke my big toe on my left foot when I ran up a set of cement steps to deliver the paper to my customer’s door and jammed my toe into the step. When I was in my mid twenties I broke a few ribs in a downhill skiing mishap. And then I managed to not break any bones for the next 50 years.

Then, this past January, I was up on a ladder cleaning my gutters and as I started to climb down, the ladder slipped. I fell, fractured my left hip and my right humerus at the shoulder. I had to have emergency artificial hip replacement surgery. Below are the before and after X-rays of my hip fracture.

The arrow points to the fracture
The artificial hip replacement appears white in this X-ray

I don’t have an X-ray of my broken humerus at the shoulder, but trust me, it’s there.

It’s going on five months since the injury and I’m still doing outpatient physical therapy rehabilitation for my bone breaks and probably will be through the end of July. This is not exactly the way I planned to spend the first half of 2023.

9 thoughts on “WDP — Broken Bones

  1. Lou Carreras May 22, 2023 / 4:56 pm

    the sad truth is that we do not heal like we did twenty years ago. Mine was a planned procedure. You had a massively traumatic event. It’s probably not surprising that you are still in PT. when we were younger most PT was in hospital and quite limited in comparison to what is available today. It sounds trite to say that things are better, but for us the level of care is. Not that that helps you feel better about the slowness of the process.

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    • Fandango May 22, 2023 / 9:50 pm

      Yes, the slowness. I had definitive PT appointments 3x per week through the month of May. Just today I scheduled PT 3x per week through the end of June.


  2. Marilyn Armstrong May 22, 2023 / 6:16 pm

    Hey, at least you got decent treatment and are getting PT. Hang on in there. With a little luck you’ll be real by next summer. DON’T CLIMB ANY LADDERS.

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  3. Olga Brajnović May 23, 2023 / 9:37 am

    I’m so sorry for you! I wish you a full recovery. The worst part is when one has to go to the surgery room. I admire you for being so active despite all that has happened to you!

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