Nosedive

The other month I broke my nose. I had just finished work snd was running for a bus (the bus was stuck in traffic and I was trying to beat it to the stop), I tripped and went flying! Landed flat on my face nose first into the concrete path. I heard my nose make a very loud crunch and I just thought.. fuck. I stayed down sprawled out on the floor. People started to gather around me to help me up, when they peeled me off the pavement there was a puddle of blood on the floor. Someone brought out a chair from the nearby pharmacy, and someone else gave me their unopened bottle of water. Everyone was so kind! It really restored my faith in people. I eventually went to the pharmacy to clean up. And then got a taxi home. I couldn’t get hold of Dom. He was so shocked when I walked in!

I text my boss what had happened the next day and at lunch time she called me saying she’d only just read the message. she was really concerned, and told me to get it checked out. So I pretty much was let off work for the afternoon which was pretty nice of her. I phoned my GP, who suggested I contact a walk in clinic, who suggested I phone 111, who’s lines where busy and suggested I go on the NHS 111 website, where I answered some questions and was advised to go to A&E… a bit long winded, so that’s what I did. They x-rayed my face and I was booked in with the emergency Ear Nose and Throat clinic 10 days after the accident.

So! Ten days later I attend my appointment. Apparatus they leave it ten days for the swelling to go down, but giving just enough time before the bones set (which apparently takes 14 days). Anyway, my nose was a little wonky so they ‘re-set it… they injected a local anaesthetic into the bridge of my nose and manipulated my nose until it looked straight. There was a little click in my head as they did it – which is supposedly a good sign. So yeah, had my nose broken twice in two weeks.

It’s better now and the graze has healed. They did an amazing job of straightening it at ENT in hospital. I took a before and after photo, and it’s made all the difference. thank you NHS!!

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