My last update was about me being sad. I guess we all pass through those really tough days when we only feel like rubbish and like nobody really cares about us (even when clearly people do). Still, venting emotions sometimes is good and I had a good feedback from friends and family which made me feel supported again.
After a PERFECT Sunday which included a nice BBQ on the freezing yet sunny Portmarnock Beach in greater Dublin sharing space with lovely girls wearing track suits, speaking out loud and drinking beer the way only Irish girls can do it sometimes and going for a dip into the Irish Sea to refresh my burnt skin (ya, rite!), my week went on without any news, only dealing with some bureaucratic rubbish prior to any big change of plans.
I was getting ready for a tour to Kilkenny on Saturday and to Belfast on Monday when on Friday night, after wandering around the southern Dublin suburbs, I was cycling as fast as the wind (the way I like it) and suddenly things changed when my bike lock got caught up onto the front wheel, creating this memorable bump noise and a complete full stop in one second.
Where was I? Just flew above the bike in slow motion while on my head an "Oh my God" was wondering as my wrists and chin were hitting the street and the people on the sidewalk couldn't stop staring at the embarrassing yet memorable fall.
A ginger guy was the first one in running and asking me if I was OK and could talk and breathe, a doctor that was walking by went for support and a woman stopped her car when she saw the whole thing and took care of me like a mother would do.
As they were asking if it was sore (course it was) I just couldn't stop laughing, still in shock of what had just happened and expecting to be fine and just a little bruised.
As I stood up, things started to become more clear and my arms were extremely sore, the doctor said I should go to the hospital if it was still sore and the woman kindly locked my bike onto a pole on the now dark Dartry Road and drove me home.
Night was not over as I was home and suddenly felt my arms completely stiff and locked, couldn't even move them anymore and they were looking swollen and with a very funny colour.
So my sidekick came to my house and helped me get into a taxi (at this point I couldn't even open a door by myself anymore) and we got into the Emergencies Room waiting for the best.
Who said it was easy? Emergency Unit on a Friday night is never easy! as I was wearing a t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops and it was freezing cold...yet we had to wait for the nurse to "assess" my situation and see if my condition was pathetic enough to see a doctor, got an X-ray with the Radiology bitch who couldn't understand that when you say "I can't move it" it means I definitely can't, and waited for five hours playing World Capitals as the drugs and pain killers wouldn't kick in and "counting how many drug addicts would take a smoke" or "how many cuts on that drug addict are there" ...Oh Ireland's best I'd say (specially when they asked for a "le-hr"...lighter in Knackerville).
Five hours later and feeling completely frustrated my name was called to see a doctor who after touching my arm and seeing the x-rays said I had broken my two elbows and my left wrist (and I'm left-handed) so I would need slings and keep away from any activity for at least four weeks.
Oh well, I had waited for five hours with two broken elbows wearing flip-flops with a drug addict who smelled like vomit sitting besides me, didn't think nothing could beat that.
Anyway, back home for some sleep and my arms were very sore. Luckily I have amazing friends who helped me through the whole thing, except bathroom-related issues (that would explain why I didn't use the "crapper" as they call it for at least 3 days).
I am getting my mobility back very slowly, I can now scratch my head and nose, reach my feet and of course, handle my own private things but things like drinking a cup of tea or opening a door are still a huge achievement as I am completely out of strength on both arms.
At least today I am able to type without any pain, so there goes my update.