My lovely daughter has recently taken to ice skating, a bit like a duck to water. So, on Friday we joined with some other home-educating families at Spectrum Ice Rink and she made her way around the ice.
I managed to persuade her little brother on a couple of times and led him slowly round and round. However, it was whilst skating with Monkey that I tripped, stumbled, rebalanced, thought I’d got away with it and then went plonk on my bottom and hand.
Got up, carried on – in some pain but all the bits that should wiggle and move did so – stayed at the ice rink for another 45 minutes or so as Monkey skated. Getting in the car to drive home, I realised that my wrist hurt more than it ought.
Luckily my OH works a short distance so we went to his office and I got dropped at A&E.
Lovely nurses and x-ray people took care of me and yup, a small bone in the wrist is in-deed fractured.
What does this mean for our lives?
On the plus side – can’t get it wet, so washing up is out the question!
On the down side – no driving at the moment (though am seeing the bone docs tomorrow and hope to persuade them otherwise). For a home educating family living in a semi-rural area this is not good.
Our usual home ed study & social life will be seriously impacted without the car. We do have quite regular buses through the village, but to get to our activity locations will mean bus changes – often multiple. And for some reason if you change bus service provider the cost spirals upwards very quickly. We could quite easily spend 2+ hours of travel for an hour of activity.
Bikes – don’t think so with a broken wrist!
Walking – nearest activity is over 4 miles and the small boy doesn’t walk that far!
Whilst I would love to use more public transport, it is really impractical if you need to go to more than one place in a day. A 15 minute car journey becomes nearly an hour on the bus.
Oh for a miracle bone-fixing cure that would heal it overnight!