The patient's perspective
Whilst skiing in Niseko, Japan, I decided to have a go at snowboarding on a miserable, windy day when only the nursery lift was open. I had a great time learning however when we were on the last run of the day, before a well-earned beer, I caught an edge on a flat and icy part of the slope at the bottom of the run. I fell down with a lot of force on both of my wrists and, possibly due to my previous history with wrist injuries, my left radius decided to give up at the distal end and misplaced itself. This fall caused rather a painful experience for me over the next 12 hours whilst I waited for the local health clinic to open. Once it did, they reduced the fracture under sedation and put me in an enormous cast for travel back to London. Once back in the UK, I saw my GP and was referred to the hospital, where it was confirmed that the fracture had moved back to its original position despite the reduction.