It's been a bit of a tough off season for me. Less than 3 weeks back in the country and just back on the bike after some time off. Bang, two broken arms after hitting a tree at high speed.
My right arm took the brunt of the impact, shattering the radius and ulna and displacing it so far that the bone punctured the skin.
I knew it was bad as soon as I'd done it, looking down at my deformed arm, in a lot of pain, I just wanted to get out and under an anaesthetic as soon as possible! After walking out of the track with the help of fellow mountain bikers it was a long and painful 5 hour wait before surgery. Despite obviously been in shock I wasn't put onto Intravenous fluids, instead I was given occasional doses of morphine. The morphine didn't seem to control the pain so I was given a big bolus of ketamine. This was probably one of my most scariest moments, it sent me into a dysphoric reaction which felt like I was leaving my body!
In surgery they placed two plates and put a cast on both arms. I spent most of the next week in hospital. I recovered well initially although I didn't have normal sensation in my right hand due to nerve damage. I then had a reaction to one of the many drugs I was given making me feel nauseous for 2 days. My IV catheters kept blocking and in the end they couldn't get any veins to give me fluids. The nurses were absolutely lovely but I wanted to get out of there so badly. I made myself drink a small amount every 2 hours- all I could manage without vomiting - despite anti emetics. Thankfully it worked and I persuaded them to let me go home!
It's been a roller coaster of a recovery since then. Initially 6 weeks off the bike but that didn't stop me getting on the turbo trainer and going to the gym. I'm so lucky to have such a great support network here in Nelson. Check out my video by Stuff.co.nz showing me now back on the bike and what I've been up to in my recovery time.