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October 1, 2011 12:02 AM Subscribe
Smashed my elbow, and have some numbness in my hand. Challenging part: I'm a long way from home.
posted by Homeboy Trouble to Health & Fitness (10 answers total)
I fell off of the ladder on a night train the evening of the 28th. I hit my arm on a bunk on the way down. Now the last two fingers on my left hand (the ring and the pinky) feel like they are asleep. Not tingling so much as just dull and heavy. They will move, not gracefully but probably not much worse than their counterparts on the uninjured arm. No pain, just the lack of sensation. It sort of feels like my hand is really swollen, except it isn't. Kind of like hitting your funnybone. Speaking of which, that part of my elbow is now supersensitive - resting my arm wrong sends shocks down to my hand. The only bruising is about 2/3 the way to the armpit - there is otherwise no external sign.
The catch is that I'm traveling right now, in Venice right now but soon (i.e. Sunday) to continue on through Slovenia, Croatia and beyond, at a four city per week kind of pace. I don't want to take a lot of time in medical clinics, can't afford to spend a lot more time in Venice, and am unsure about the state of Balkan health care. (I'm sure Slovenia is fine, but is Albania, for instance?)
The other catch is that this arm has an AV fistula, put in for dialysis but never used. I still feel a strong thrill on the site, and the hand seems to have bloodflow.
Any advice? Will this just clear up eventually? Can it wait the three weeks until I get back to Canada? Are there any warning signs I should be looking for to indicate things are getting worse or I should otherwise see a doctor?