Broken Tendons & First Surgery

Warning: Graphic Content
So you may have spotted my grumbling tweets over on Twitter and tediously with one hand, I have decided to share with you whats been cracking off over the last couple of weeks.
Last Monday I was doing the washing up and rather unfortunately, ended up with a two and a half inch piece of glass in the top of my hand. James and my in laws scooted me off to Grantham A&E. Typically I was waiting for a good few hours before I was even x-rayed and another couple of hours later, I was seen by a doctor to have the glass removed. He was an arse, a complete and utter arse. I won't go into detail as some readers won't appreciate it if they're squeamish, but it was up there with one of my worst life experiences yet. 
The hospital sent me away after both James and I stating I couldn't move my fingers and I was left to sort myself out over the next few days. Two days after it happened, I went to my local walk in centre to have the dressings changed and the nurse who helped said my hand was too swollen and bruised to tell whether or not this was the reason I couldn't move my fingers. I returned to the walk in centre a further two days later and another nurse told me to return to A&E immediately because my hand just wasn't right.
I was examined again, this time much quicker as it was super early and also by a much nicer  doctor. I was told that it appeared I had tendon damage and needed to see a specialist, so I was referred to Derby hospital for an assessment. Within 3 seconds, my consultant at Derby knew I had completely severed my tendon and I was given the option to have surgery there and then with a local anaesthetic or to come back another day and have an injection in the neck to numb my whole arm.

I'm the kind of person who would only get worked up and super anxious if I was left waiting to worry about the idea of surgery so I chose to have it done straight away. Major Ellis points for this because I'm such a wimp as soon as I set foot in a hospital, I would never have expected myself to be so brave! Before I knew it I had been whizzed onto the operating table and half an hour later my tendon ends were back together again. The nurses were amazing and not long after I went home with a giant club hand and got plenty of rest.

Two days later I returned to Derby to have the wound checked and to have a custom made splint fitted. Again the staff were amazing and I also started a bit of physio to get my fingers working again. Its all been very painful and theres a long way to go but hopefully it'll mend nice and strong. I'll no doubt have a cracking scar but thats nothing if it means I can have all my fingers working again. I have physio to do on my own four times a day and I'll return to Derby for therapy once a week.

For now, I'm all splinted up and I'll have to keep both the wrist and fingers splints on for a while until my strength comes back. Who knew so much damage could come from doing the washing up? Don't do it, its dangerous! On the bright side, this whole experience is forcing me to use my left hand more and my writing is coming on a treat! It's frustrating not being able to tie my hair up properly but other than that I'm managing. So thats where I've been for the past couple of weeks, its looking likely that I'll be posting more frequently on my blog for the next few weeks and I'll probably do update posts on how I'm doing with recovery.
Let me know what your blogs are in the comments - I'm going to need reading material to keep me stimulated for a while!

 Thanks for reading!

Ellis x


  1. Crikey you've been through the wars there! I had surgery on my right wrist nearly two years ago now and It was so difficult doing things with just my left hand. Do what your meant too though and you'll be back to normal in no time! I started rock climbing just 3 months after surgery!

    1. Thankyou, hopefully I'll be back to drawing soon enough! x x

  2. Oh my goodness! I hope your okay and it's healing well!xx

    Isobel x

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  3. That looks so sore. Loved this post though. Hope you feel better now :)

  4. Thankyou Heather! Feeling much better already :) x

  5. OUCH! Hope you're okay, looks so painful! I'm never doing the washing up again!



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