The broken bone


AS REPORTED a few days ago, my child bride took a swan dive Friday onto our ceramic floor, injuring her left arm.

We went to a downtown clinic where an X-ray was taken, and the doctor said no bone was broken. We also looked at the X-ray and saw nothing out of place. He prescribed a pain medicine and recommended an arm sling. He also suggested that we return for verification when the traumatologist was available.

We did that yesterday. Alas, the first diagnosis was off-base. The second doctor noticed a hairline fracture. She is now in a cast for at least a month.

This is the first broken bone in her life. I still have never had one.

It’s rather inconvenient.

21 thoughts on “The broken bone

  1. When you wrote that the CB’s arm really, really hurt for two hours, I suspected it was broken. A small or hairline fracture may not show up the first time the area is x-rayed. But then even though I do not even play an orthopod on TV, much less in real life, I have had extensive experience with broken bones, which ought to qualify me for sharing some advice:

    1. In a couple of days, an unbearable itch beneath the cast will appear. Chopsticks are indispensable for reaching inside the cast to scratch. Carry a chopstick at all times.

    2. Under no circumstances should she contemplate putting hand lotion inside the cast, because that will just make a big stinking mess.

    3. Do not get the cast wet. Two small-ish trash bags, secured with a loose rubber band or a strip of elastic, will keep it dry when showering.

    4. Beauty shops exist for the purpose of washing hair.

    5. Ativan is an excellent remedy for that cast-induced claustrophobia that can have the inflicted wanting to wear the cast off.

    6. Don’t hesitate to get the cast replaced in 2 weeks or so if it’s really become uncomfortable or dirty.


    1. Ms. Shoes PS: Since she washes that mane every single day, getting it done professionally is not a good option. She’s already washed it this morning with her cast on. You forget the incredible resourcefulness of the locals. We’re off shopping in Morelia today, so we’ll eat at the Thai restaurant and steal chopsticks.


  2. Glad she went back to the traumatologist. Me, I would have blown it off and ended up paying for my mistake later!


  3. I detect a hairline fracture in your Mexican medical care you crow about, Señor Zapata. In the Americano way of diagnosing the Child Bride’s injury we would have required her to be seen by perhaps several specialists on the day of visit as well as mucho more X-rays and possibly one of our fancy and very costly CT Scans to diagnose the fracture of your beloved Bride (has she yet to recall it was your birthday past?) and then perhaps a cast would not be ordered after that pricey scan but a removable splint/sling applied. Of course, remember, Señor Zapata, to be seen so quickly would require an Emergency Room visit which in the end would have cost you a year’s salary if you add in the cost of the health insurance premium she would need to even get in the door. (LOL, but she will do fine with the applied cast. Just be sure to pad those chop sticks as they can leave surprisingly deep scratches when one really gets to pawing at a very itchy spot, a not so good way to set up an infection inside a warm and damp cast that may be on for some time to come.)


    1. Leisa: You have bolstered my love of Mexican healthcare. How great to be down here.

      And yes, about 36 hours after my birthday, she was scanning the wall calendar in the kitchen for something totally unrelated when a light bulb lit over her noodle. Better late than never. Speaking of birthdays, we were planning on spending three nights in Guadalajara for her birthday in a couple of weeks, perhaps even seeing Cirque du Soleil. But the arm cast has canceled that trip. Drat!


  4. Some great suggestions here! Hope they are used. Fortunate you and Child Bride for never having a fractured or broken bone. Be careful out there, my friends.


    1. Peggy: I assume you’re referring to the good advice offered by Ms. Shoes. She comes by that wisdom due to having broken many bones in her days. She has not been so fortunate as I have regarding broken bones. She learned at the School of Hard Knocks. Literally.


    1. Ricardo: Gracias. I hope the next month passes quickly and relatively comfortably for her. This is gonna cause big problems with her weekly pastry sales on the plaza and her obsession with the gym. We’ll get through it.


  5. She has my sympathy and my empathy. The only bone I have broken was my ankle in that unfortunate zipline accident. The Lady in Red is absolutely correct about casts. Mine nearly drove me mad.

    Just a sidenote. The Mexican side of my care was easy. But, I made the mistake of being in The States for the followup. That was almost a disaster. At least, I escaped with both legs, though the right is slightly hobbled.


    1. Señor Cotton: I remember that encounter of yours with the U.S. healthcare debacle. I hope it taught you the good lesson that you should stick to sensible Mexican healthcare.


  6. Sorry to hear this.

    Even more sorry to hear that YOU aren’t washing the child bride’s hair. Don’t miss such opportunities, my friend. It’s extremely disappointing to me that you didn’t think of this.


    1. Ray: She’s washing her hair with one hand just fine, it seems. But she has been trying to get me to put it in order after she dries herself off. I am doing the best I can. Problem is that she has very, very long and curly hair. Trying to put it in order is like wrestling with an angry cat that has its tail in a light socket. Perhaps I will improve with practice. It’s going to be a long month.


  7. I’ll one-up Ms. Shoes’ suggestion: use a knitting needle instead of a chopstick. No risk of splinters, and the end allows you to pull it out more easily.

    As for the Mexican healthcare system, missing a broken arm does give it one black mark. However, the cost can’t be beat.


    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where we dread getting seriously sick.


    1. Kim: Good suggestion on the knitting needle for the reasons you state. Thanks. As yet, itching has not been an issue, but she’s got a long way to go.

      As for the first doctor missing the hairline fracture, when the second doctor pointed it out on the X-ray, I could hardly see it. There is no perfect world.


  8. Sorry for the broken bone. I had a hairline fracture of my ankle once that took 2 weeks to diagnose! One doctor thought it was gout. Another tested me for leukemia. When he finally told me it was a hairline fracture I couldn’t see it on the X-ray either. But it was there!


    1. Hola, Holly! Well, that cuts a little slack for the first doctor who did not spot it here.

      Thanks for weighing in. Future comments will not be sent to moderation. Enjoy the day!


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