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Broken wrist

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by Cebarrett, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. Good evening all, i hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and new year.
    Sadly i slipped on ice at the start of the holidays and badly fractured my right wrist (i am right handed). The doctor has signed me off work for at least 6 weeks but i can't help feeling it's only one arm, surely i can do something, especially with so much that needs doing!
    I also had time off last term due to flu and then pleurisy about a week after, i've never had more than two days off in a year before this.
    Anyone got any tips on reducing guilt caused by 'fit' note?

  2. a couple of years ago one of my collegues broke her wrist and she only had a few days off, but she was able to get a list into work or walk, she was SMT, so she had 20% non contact time, including her PPA (which she said really helped as she could rest her arm) and she was teaching year 6 so they were able to help with carrying things etc.

    I remember thinking that if it had happened to me I would have been off for a lot longer as I have a 40 minute drive, and I was teaching KS1/Early Years at the time.
    It so depends on your circumstances. I know what you mean about feeling guilty but the school won't want you on the premises iuntil you are decared fit to work as you are not covered by insurance.

  3. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Is there something you can do?
    For example, could you mark tests (if it's just ticking, you could use your left hand)?
    I can't think of other tasks you could do, off the top of my head, but if you can, perhaps your GP would sign you as fit to complete those tasks.
  4. I too broke my wrist on the ice. I have not missed one day of work and got on with it - due to the guilt. I regret it now- on return to the hospital and xray my fracture has not healed as it should and I am back in cast. Got a right telling off too. Oops
    So my advice, follow docs orders, rest it and just think it could be a lot worse xx
  5. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    A common fallacy, this. In fact, whether or not an individual should be in the workplace depends on factors unique (usually) to the individual - these include their job, workplace and injury.
    Some people can go into work and do some or all of their usual job with a fractured wrist or arm; others can go in and do a 'modified' job; others cannot do anything useful at all.
    If you discussed it with your doctor and it is his professional opinion that you are unfit for work, there is no more to be said. If, however, there was no discussion and you feel that you could - if certain modifications were made or assistance provided - do some aspects of your job, go back and talk to him/her. You might also wish to contact the personnel dept at your LA and ask for an urgent referral to their occupational health unit - if you genuinely think you could return to work, with support.
  6. thank you for all the feedback, i have managed to mark some tests that i had to do and i'm now about to tackle some books by using a sticker system where i will type comments and then print off on a label.(although i predict this will take me quite some time!)
    i have another appointment this week to assess the wrist and to see if it requires surgery (keep your fingers crossed) and will talk to doctor then to see if there is any thing i can do.
    thank you again

    C x
  7. bedingfield

    bedingfield New commenter

    Firstly, I am sorry to hear about your wrist. I was in the same situation last year when I slipped on the ice on Christmas Eve.
    Talk to your doctor at the fracture clinic. Mine asked me to talk him through all of the things that I did during your day at school. Even the simple things like do you have to write on a whiteboard (can you take the top off a pen easily?). I had no TA support in my class and added to that the journey to school would be near impossible (2 hours each way using 2 buses) and I wouldn't be able to carry work home.
    Consider carefully about what's best for you. As another poster said you may delay the healing by going back to work too early. I hope the check up shows that your wrist is starting to heal without needing any surgery.
  8. redgrape

    redgrape New commenter

    I badly broke my wrist a number of years ago by falling on ice. I did go straight back to work but found that it was just too much, it did not help with the healing of my wrist & ended up in plaster for nearly 10 weeks & a further 2 weeks in a splint. I developed complications & had to have 6 months off work for intensive physio! Like others have said it depends on your circumstances, type of school, getting to work etc & also my school did a risk assessment & so had to be escorted by a TA just to move up & down from staff room too classroom which was a farce!

    Don't feel guilty because you've had an accident you can't help it.

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