My Story 3 - Devastating News
A week later I was back at the hospital to get the MRI results and the Doctor informed me that I had a Brachial Plexus Avulsion injury.
He explained that 2 of the nerves in the brachial plexus cluster had pulled off from my spinal cord. And another one was severely damaged. He said it cannot be repaired. All the parts of my arm and hand that I currently can’t move will not heal. I would never be able to use my right arm again. I was utterly devastated.
It took a few days for it to really sink in. Every time i tried to do something and failed I burst into tears thinking I would never be able to do it.
My nature took over though and I soon found I could put on make up. Showering was a real pain. My husband had to wash me and shave my arm pits. I felt like I had lost all dignity. I discovered I could make coffees and do a few things around the house. Each challenge I overcame made me feel slightly better.
I was feeling worse about my personal appearance though. My legs were being really hairy, my hair hadn’t been washed. I felt disgusting. Thanks to my amazing husband though, he helped me sort these things out and I felt more myself. He even washed my hair in a basin. Love him to bits.
It’s a bit hard being so far from my family and friends. We are in Perth, WA and all our loved ones are in Sydney or country NSW.
The pain was still really bad and I have a fairly high threshold for pain. I was taking morphine based pain killers and nerve pain killers. Neither of them stopped the burning, tingling, extreme pressure sensation or shooting nerve pains.
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