Clavicly Challenged

On November 30th 2017, in the evening, I led out a group of runners from Stainland Lions. We left Heath Rugby club, climbing up to Blackley before then descending, at a pace, into Elland, along the main road.

It was dark, and occasionally icy, but those conditions made no particular contribution to what happened. I was moving from the rear of our group up to the front, and therefore running at a faster pace. There was a pot hole in the road it, about 6 inches deep. My right foot went into it and the sudden and unexpected change simply threw me over, landing hard on my right shoulder and rolling.

I hit my head, but that is probably the least susceptible part of my body. I could feel immediately that I would be in pain over the next few days, but after a short rest we continued the run down into Elland, then up Dewsbury Road before running down to the canal and back to Heath.

I got home, and Lynne, my wife, insisted that we go to Accident and Emergency. We did. At about midnight I was seen by the doctor, who examined my x-rays and said that I needed to see the specialist shoulder surgeon. I was given an appointment for the following Wednesday (6th) to see Mr Fogerty. He said that it was a borderline decision as to whether I needed to be plated, but that the best chance of recovering the best mobility, would be after surgery, with the shoulder being plated to repair the fracture, and re-align the bones. The fracture being toward the outer end of the bone, there is a lower blood supply, and therefore less chances of it healing.

I was then called in for surgery on Friday 15th Dec for 8 am at Calderdale Royal hospital comma but at about 3 o’clock was told that surgery has been cancelled for that day. It appears that the surgeon had himself fallen and suffered a slight injury, enough to make it improper to operate that day. I went home. At about 8:30 on that Friday evening I was called again, and told that the operation has been relisted for Huddersfield Infirmary on the day after, Saturday and that I needed to fast and be at the hospital for 8am.

I attended and was eventually called for surgery, being given a general anaesthetic at 2 pm. I recovered At 4:30 p.m. and was taken back to my room on ward 14.

Because I was being given morphine for the pain, I was kept in overnight, being eventually released or discharged at 4:30 on Sunday afternoon.

It is now Tuesday afternoon. Last night was the most painful, but I do now feel that I am properly recovering. I must continue to carry my arm in a sling full stop the sling itself is very comfortable, but it is quite hot and my skin is going red raw with it.

It is conventional to thank Hospital Staff comma but I can happily say that the care and treatment I have received has been very good full stop each of the staff have been clearly keen to assist as best they could, and the car has been intelligent and thoughtful full stop I know that our health service is in Crisis comma but at the same time comma for my experience at least comma this has been well hidden from me.

We are asked a rather silly question of whether we would recommend the hospital to others full stop accepting that this is really a simple question as to the standard of care, I happily say that the standard has been excellent. If you do indeed want to break your shoulder the, Calderdale is not a bad place.

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