Friday saw us at our friends 70th birthday party at Marias restaurant. Brilliant afternoon, lovely food and they had asked Chris to play, which he did for about three hours. Didn´t think he would be able to as on Wednesday he tripped and stumbled up the step in the hallway, smacking his right elbow on the edge of the stone pillar. A quick rub and all was fine, until later in the evening when he noticed a huge tennis ball size swelling.
It started to bruise as you would expect, but he refused to seek any advice or treatment and gaily carried on, he really didn´t want to let Roger down for the party, however Friday evening he saw the error of his ways and off we went. By this time the bruising was spreading both up and down the arm, we were not very satisfied with the diagnosis and we were told to return on Monday for trauma clinic. Antibiotics, elbow sling and blood thinners, (not a good idea when you are on asprin!)
Sunday was Rogers actual birthday so it was a lovely bbq with everyone joining in with a few games of boule, beautiful sunny day.
Monday the clinic told us a different story, a little better, but still not particularly satisfactory, no sling, use at will, strong painkillers and use a compression bandage for a month. Now totally confused with the bruising and swelling down into his hand, he went off to see the GP today.
His opinion finish the antibiotics, do not take any of the other meds as they haven´t been proven to help, take the bandage off, it causing the swelling, use it and elevate when resting.
He basically confirmed our Google search, he is also very good at not pumping you full of meds that you don´t need and listens to the holistic approach. His final thought was the hospital wanted to just give him something to look as though they were doing their job!! Scary or what!
The body will heal and take care of it, might take a little time.
If in doubt ask for a second (or third) opinion and trust your instincts.