I was moving around the cargo area of an aircraft tending to some wounded soldiers when the aircraft lost power and crashed to the ground. Everyone else were OK (excluding the 'already wounded' who were strapped into litters in fixed racks) and the rest of the crew walked away. I cracked a bone in my cervical vertebrae (the spinous process, which the neck muscles attach to) and tore the supraspinatus tendon in my shoulder, nearly shearing the tendon off at its insertion point at the top of my arm and the subsequent bruising and swelling placing pressure on the brachial plexus - the nerve bundle that controls the arm - paralysing my right arm for nearly three months.
I also cracked a few ribs and lacerated my forehead but that's neither here nor there!
Area of neck I fractured in 1965
2.5cm tear (1 inch) to right supraspinatus tendon in same accident
brachial plexus - the bundle of nerves (coloured yellow above)
running from the neck into the armpit and down the arm
It was the easiest way out of my dilemma, so I signed!
As advancing years brings on the "sins of one's youth", I have found that this injury is now returning and causing me some severe pain, interrupted sleep and loss of arm strength. I saw my orthopaedic specialist who ordered a scan and just shook his head when he saw the results, saying "It's worse than I even imagined!"
Outcome - not much can be done! An operation would in all likelihood only serve to make the condition worse rather than fix it. So rest, physiotherapy/ultra-sound and pain killers.
So, for the next week or so at least - I will be reducing my time on the internet. So, if my posts become less frequent, don't worry. I'm not ignoring you all and I will still be reading your posts!
Ciao for now!