Two weeks ago tomorrow I had a serious cycle accident on Jagtvej by Aldi, which left me with a completely broken elbow. It took over four hours for a talented surgeon to put it back together with metal plates.
During that time in hospital and after I was overwhelmed by the support from friends and family – both here in Copenhagen and beyond. Not a religious person, I was still moved by the number of people who had me in their prayers over this time. But one of the things that kept me cheerful during that week was the kindness of strangers, none of whom I will get the chance to thank again.
So on the very slim chance that any of these people ever get to read this here they are…
The two men who lifted my heavy bike off me after the accident and gathered up all the things that had fallen out of it.
The woman who sat with me stroking my hair and occasionally poking me to make sure I stayed conscious whilst we waited for the ambulance. And wrapped me in a blanket.
The paramedic with the funky hair cut who, despite my injury and the need to cut up my favourite sweatshirt still understood the disappointment of losing it.
The big Norwegian CT scanner who, rather than leave me to wait for a porter for half an hour with no pain relief, wheeled me to my ward even though it wasn’t his job and gave me great travel tips for a future trip to Norway.
The radiologist, Kristine, who took the time to show my son all my X-rays and took him to another room to show him the area on an actual skeleton.
The nurse on my ward when I was admitted (who I never saw again) who came back to see me in her street clothes after her shift with some little hospital bits and bobs for my son, after I told her he enjoys playing hospitals at home.
Also without exception all the staff I was lucky enough to be looked after at Bispebjerg Hospital.
On Tuesday the cast is removed and the process of ergo therapy begins, hopefully with less powerful painkillers and I can get back to posting here again. The newsletter will resume later in February (hopefully but I will keep in mind being kind to myself) so don’t unsubscribe.
And finally a big thank you to all of you, who simply know me through this blog but still took the time to leave a kind message here, on Facebook or Instagram. That means a lot to me too.