Did you know……?

Did you know you carry around with you an ‘anatomical snuffbox’? When I was told at A&E some 10 days ago that I had a suspected fracture to the scaphoid bone in my wrist, quite frankly I didn’t even know I had one of those……. my level of ignorance sometimes even astonishes me……


When I came away from A&E, I had been told that a fracture was not evident from the X-rays, but fractures to the scaphoid bone commonly hide themselves, so they had to treat it as a suspected fracture until it could be confirmed either way at the fracture clinic. In the meantime, the only evidence was the way I jumped and winced when the specialist nurse prodded and (gently) twisted my wrist, and the area where I was most ‘responsive’ was in the anatomical snuffbox.


To cut a long story short, when I went to the fracture clinic 9 days later, a young registrar studied the X-rays again (and again), did a lot of prodding and flexing of the wrist (to which I had scant reaction), was on the point of sending me a further set of X-rays………but in the end decided to discharge me. Having told Jenny repeatedly over the previous days that I thought I had a ‘phantom fracture’, I looked at her and went “Yes…..I was right”!!

IMG_20170919_144017So, needless to say, the last few days have seen a few celebratory rides……..and today’s was a 47km bash to the north to get me in the mood for having a tooth surgically extracted by the dentist…..which was done just a few hours ago.

The trials of life…….!

About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on September 19, 2017, in Cycling UK and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. glad to hear you are well on the mend

  2. Glad to see you are back on your bike.

  3. We spend six years in Med School learning a whole new language…….Good to hear you are back pedaling or even peddling the benefits of getting out on the roads again. Keep safe!

  4. That’s fascinating. I was riding to work once with pedal straps and a cab shot out in front if me. I braked and fell. Because of the pedal straps, I couldn’t free my feet and I landed on my left hand. I had no swelling, but my wrist hurt like the devil. I iced it, but woke up with the same severe pain, so, I went to the hospital to get X rayed. Turns out I had a hairline fracture of the scaphoid bone. Amazing, I could barely see it on the X ray, but it hurt like the devil. I wore a cast for a month. Congrats on your good luck not breaking it!

  5. sounds painful…be well soon

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