Here is how it happened

6 Mar

I know there are several versions of this story out there, because I have heard several.   But here is what happened:  Bill pushed me off the sidewalk.

Naahh…. Bill would never do that.  Thursday afternoon, I was loading some things into my car and as I walked back into the FLC I walked over that island outside the glass doors (that I have walked over a million times).  I misstepped off the island and everything went into slow motion.  The fall seemed to take about three minutes, although I know it was only a couple of seconds. I threw my arms out in front of me to catch myself and as I hit the ground I heard my left elbow break with a loud pop.  Since there was no one around, I knew I had to get up on my own.   I managed to get up and get into Bill’s office in the FLC.  I called Omerea and she came over, helped me stabilize the arm and started making phone calls for me.  She is a real champ!

Diana rushed over from Darlington and took me to the ER at McLeod.   It was there that John Ulmer was on call.  (John is a Physician’s Assistant with McLeod Orthopedics and one of our former youth).  John did an incredible job explaining what he saw on the X-Rays and walking us through.  John reset my left arm and splinted both arms.   The surgeon told us that when he first saw the films, he thought I had been in a car accident.  He said that people don’t normally break their arms like I did from a fall.   Surgery was scheduled for Friday morning on my left arm and I was admitted to the 11th floor at McLeod.

The surgery went well, but there is a long recovery and rehabilitation period ahead for my left arm.   The doctor says we really won’t know how close to full use of my  arm we can achieve until it heals and I go through some therapy.   Another surgery is in my future, but we don’t know if it will be days, months or years from now.    The good news is that they are not planning to cast my right arm.   The doctor thinks we will be able to get by with a hinged brace since the radial head in that arm is only cracked and the elbow is just chipped.

So, here we are.  God is still on His throne and He will pull us through.  Of that I have no doubt!!

 

4 Responses to “Here is how it happened”

  1. proudpatriot07 March 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Wow… I saw the facebook post that you broke your arms, but had no clue how it happened. I’m glad you’re okay and that they’re not casting that arm, though! It sounds like you’re really blessed and have great people in your life taking care of you, from the lady who helped you up to the doctor who’s a former youth to your wife rushing from Darlington to be with you in the ER.

    Definitely keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!

    A.L.

  2. Russ and Theresa Sawyer March 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    Continued prayers for a speedy recovery

  3. Dawn Callahan March 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    David,
    When I heard about your fall and both of your arms, I immediately thought back to Pat’s fall and his two broken arms. Reading your blog brought back a lot of memories. Everyone, also, thought he had been in a car accident and we were told most people don’t break both arms at the same time. So, I guess that puts Pat and you in an elite club! He had multiple surgeries and therapy as well, but God was good and saw us through it all. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Diana (I know the things she will have to do and go through in all of this), and I hope you have a speedy recovery. It was a very long year for us, but God worked in amazing ways. I know he will in your life as well. If you need to talk to someone who has walked this path, we are here for both of you. Take care.
    Dawn

  4. Kim (your FAV cousin) March 6, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    On the plus side, I’m telling everyone my cousin David is in rehab! Just kidding, I sure hate that happened to you. I’m no doctor, but that is one heck of a break!I know you’ll work hard on your rehab, praying that you get 100% back. Love you!

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