questionshas anyone ever broken their arm?


Gee, I'd say you just can't get a break but apparently you just did! OMG that must hurt. I've broken the same wrist twice but never an arm, and your teeth too!! You poor thing, I really hope the doctor gave you a nice prescription to help ease the pain! Feel better!!!!!!


I'm thinking it may not be wise for you to keep the kids for a week in March. Once we're out of our 20's, healing time for most breaks is a lot longer than it used to be. If you're in a cast and sling, you're likely going to still be wearing them in six weeks, which can play havoc with your comfort, ease of managing daily tasks, and riding herd on four youngsters.

Take stock of those factors, including how old your grandchildren are, how calm or rambunctious they are, and whether they're young enough and mature enough to think it's cool to help you with tasks around the house. A busy child is an out-of-trouble child.

P.S. I'm 65 and broke my right leg just above the ankle in early October 2011. I was still on crutches well into January.


Magic Cave raises a lot of valid points. I agree that you might need to be excused from childcare until you're healed.


I broke my arm once, but that was years ago.


I broke my wrist when I was a freshman in high school, slipped on a soapy floor the day after I went snowboarding for the first time. Funny thing is I thought I broke my other arm when I fell snowboarding but I just sprained it, it hurt worse though. Mine was just a small fracture though. I hope you get better real soon, I know how much casts suck...


@magic cave: Those are good points you bring up. One thing that helps is they will be in school during the day, and love video games in the evening. I'm 60 and have never broken anything before. Not fun.


@gigi889: The facts that they're in school during the day and play games in the evening, added to you having your husband home for assistance in the evening, eases my concerns considerably. It also indicates they're old enough to do small errand and chores around the house (helping carry things, setting the table for dinner, etc.) that you might otherwise be doing yourself. One last minor caution: you'll be very surprised at how tiring it is just to have to do adaptive things for day-to-day stuff, such as dressing, washing your hair, carrying a purse, etc. I continually found myself planning ahead for the easiest way to get things done in one trip around the house instead of the usual "when it occurred to me" tactic.

Good luck with your healing, and stay in touch on your progress!


@magic cave: thanks, had a rough night, finally got some good drugs (prescribed) and was up all night scratching. How did you break your ankle?


I have never broken my arm. I broke my collar bone when I was a kid and have broken fingers and toes multiple times but that's it.

The idea of breaking my teeth makes me want to pass out. For some reason I have an irrational fear of broken teeth.

I feel for you. If watching your grandchildren overnight becomes a burden, then just let your son or daughter know. My parents won't watch my children for more than a few hours at a time. I understand completely. It's exhausting. My three-year-old has the energy of 10 marathon runners and speaks at a volume and frequency that can make your ears bleed. It doesn't bother me, but I'm sure that in another 25 years I won't have the patience or mindset to still tolerate that sort of thing.

Get some rest!


Broke my wrist jumping a bike off a 4 ft wall...
Sorry to hear about your fall... it'll feel better when it stops hurting.


Broke both arms several times (left 3, right 2) and have found the pain tapers quickly. Recommend a few things:
If your arm starts itching inside the cast and chances are it will, run cold water down the cast and then run a cool hair dryer through the same area. Water quiets the itching and the hair dryer reduces the chance of the cast starting to smell. Do not run wire or a coat hanger down your arm. You can easily scratch your skin and run a higher chance of infection due to the cast
Since you have a fracture in two places, call your doc and see if you should schedule a follow up xray in about a week or so to ensure nothing bone wise has shifted inside your arm. It sucks to start healing and then have to have the bone re-broken to align everything again.
Your arm muscle may atrophy (shrink) and this may reduce the cast effectiveness due to increased gapping between the cast and your skin. One finger should fit between skin / cast. If this distance increases, get a new cast.


@bren100: That is a LOT of breaks. Thanks for info~due hace appt for next Mon. Fingers are swollen and no way can get finger in between. WONDERFUL tip for itchiness~bad reaction to pain meds, feel like ants crawling all over me and VERY itchy, dr. knows this and stop taking pills.


Fortunately, I've never broken anything. Sprained my ankle more times than I care to admit, and in fact can't stand for long periods because it's guaranteed to swell.

My brother however, broke his own wrist when he ran over his arm riding a big wheel. Don't ask, because to this day (20 years later) no one really knows how he managed it, lol!


@gigi889: It was our last day in a rental cabin in North Carolina. Around 5am I took our two small dogs out, and either they pulled me off balance or I missed one of the stairs; I'm not sure which. As you know, a major fall leaves your brain sort of fuzzy for a few moments! I had to inch myself back up the stairs on my butt, while trying to figure out exactly which part(s) hurt so much. We eventually decided I'd badly sprained my right ankle, so instead of getting immediate medical care my spouse got the car packed and we headed home to North Florida. The pain got much worse as the day wore on; the usual 8-hour drive took 12 hours, since I had to make frequent rest stops. I couldn't face an ER visit when we got home, so we went the following morning. The ankle wasn't sprained -- my tibia was nicely broken about 4" above the ankle.

Moral: when every step/movement you take gives you pain that makes you light-headed, go see a doctor!


@gigi889: @gigi889: The swelling will go down, and you may find that Benadryl or something similar helps with the itchiness if you're still taking pain meds. If your meds are solid pills, you might be able to avoid the itchiness yet get sufficient pain relief by cutting them in half (little cutter things can be had for $4-6 at any pharmacy) and taking them twice as often.

One other voice-of-experience suggestion: for a while, leave as much of your day-to-day regimen (work, cooking, cleaning, whatever) undone as you can. Pain and general awkwardness can be far more tiring than expected, and it's likely you're not sleeping well as it is. The glorious thing about housework is it will always wait for you to do it. Try to baby yourself as much as possible, at least for the first 2-3 weeks; doing so is a good investment in your future well-being and comfort.

Unofficial medical orders: be seriously lazy!


@magic cave: you are one strong cookie~every bounce in the short drive for me was horrible! Don't plan on doing anything for awhile. Getting teeth looked at Mon~looking forward to eating again. Stopped taking med, pain isn't bad, just feeling dizzy and bit nauseous.


@gigi889: I'm glad you're feeling a bit better. I have to confess: the idea of falling and breaking teeth makes me seriously queasy. I think I'd take the broken leg over broken teeth.


@gigi889: I've broken bones but not arm. Most recently was my knee. In all things, let two things be your guide: pain and doctor's orders, in my opinion, when healing from a break. The doctor would know about healing time and also vulnerability. I assume you are fitted with a cast, so your mobility is going to decide what you can and cannot do. As a child of school age I was trained to help around the house, living with my grandparents. I hope that your grandchildren are able to adjust to, at least while you are in need, to care for you, and in that way, you could be getting a great bonus in healing by their presence. I've been told to take lots of vitamin c and calcium during healing periods like this. One other thing, so far in my life I've seen six weeks as the universal heal time, and if a bit longer then maybe eight. I think using the time to instill caring for others in children is a good learning opportunity. In theory, and I hope it works out for you.


@srfoolishbuyer: Iwas told vitamin D3 and calcium. Grandkids came over for a bit yesterday, think daughter wanted to show the 4 and 6 year old I really was ok. They signed my cast and we played UNO. Life is good.


@gigi889: You're right about the D3 I forgot but thought afterwards. Vitamin C assists in the general healing process and also the connections of your tendons and ligaments which connect muscle to the bone. After awhile with all the love attached to it, you'll be a little sad to let the cast go, but speedy healing!