Buckhorn Lake Resort
Sunday we went for a bike ride… and ended up here.
The Peterson Regional Medical Center Emergency Room.
We were casually riding our bikes on the paved, smooth streets of Buckhorn Lake Resort. We had just ridden by a trailer with some humorous license plates and bumper stickers when Terri attempted to turn around to go back and get another look. Unfortunately, she didn’t make it. She lost her balance and fell to the ground, breaking her fall with her right arm. I quickly jumped off my bike and helped her up. She had hurt her arm, couldn't lift it up, and was unable to ride her bike, so we walked the short distance back home and examined her arm. Her wrist was beginning to swell, and she was in quite a bit of discomfort. We put some ice on her arm, but she wasn't feeling any better, so I strongly suggested a visit to the ER!!!
We arrived to find (much to our surprise!) no one waiting in the waiting room. The two very nice front desk staff said that they were experiencing a lull, so we were immediately taken back to an exam room. As soon as the nurse saw Terri’s arm we were moved to a larger, more extensive exam room. The staff swarmed over her like flies on you know what. Everybody we encountered in the ER was very nice and professional, and SIX hours later we were on our way to Walgreen’s for a prescription and then back home.
To make a long story short, Terri has a small fracture in her right wrist AND a small fracture in the bone just below her right shoulder. They realigned the bone in her wrist and put a splint on her arm from her hand to just above the elbow. She has to keep her arm in a sling as much as possible, and in six to ten days we'll see an orthopedist. He will remove the splint, examine her arm, and then put her arm in a cast. She'll have to wear the cast for six to eight weeks.
Tomorrow I’m going to put her bike away for a while.