My broken arm

My ‘smashing’ end to 2014!

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Hi everyone and Happy New Year!

Hope everyone is well and happy. As you may know I had a “smashing” end to 2014 after foolishly managing to break my wrist in an ice-skating accident just before Christmas, and ending up having surgery to pin it back together just a few days before the big day itself.

It wasn’t exactly how I’d hoped to spend the run up to the festive season – I have been lucky enough to never have been in a hospital bed in my life, and of course therefore had never had a general anaesthetic, so it was all very stressful and nerve-wracking. Our wonderful NHS came up trumps though, and I was only in hospital for about 12 hours before being sent home, all pinned together again and with a bagful of painkillers!

It meant that I missed our presenter Christmas lunch, and a leaving party for Barbara, one of our lovely directors at QVC, but I just kept thinking how lucky I was… I could have smashed my head on that ice instead of my wrist and not be here at all to see in the New Year, couldn’t I? And as luck would have it, hubby and I had already planned to spend Christmas Day in a hotel, as he was working Christmas Eve and me Boxing Day, so there was no time for us to travel anywhere. So we were well looked after on the big day, with no cooking or washing up to worry about!

The first few days after the operation were tough though – I have never known pain like it, and also had to learn to do all sorts of things, from putting my contact lenses in to washing and dressing myself and doing hair and make-up, plus little household jobs, all with one hand – and with the “wrong” hand too, as of course I’m right-handed and broke my right wrist! I’m happy to report that I can now do virtually everything on my own, with the exception of putting on jewellery, which is tricky, but my husband and fellow presenters have been fabulous and never complain when I approach with a handful of earrings and bangles and a hopeful expression.

My broken arm

Now it’s all about healing and recovery, and trying to look stylish on live TV while sporting a rather unattractive blue plaster cast! With the help of our brilliant backstage team I’ve been coming up with creative ways of covering it with scarves, ponchos and so on. I definitely think there’s a gap in the market – if I could buy funky plaster cast covers and slings right now, I’d spend a fortune!

The biggest issue for me is not being able to drive at the moment, which is a monumental pain in the you-know-what as I live two hours away from work. I can’t use trains or buses partly because I can’t carry anything (and you’d be amazed now much stuff a QVC presenter has to cart around on a daily basis!) but also because we work such random early and late shifts that there is often simply no public transport available. But where there’s a problem there’s always a solution, and my next door neighbour is going to help out with driving me back and forth, which is fantastic.

I’m hoping to have my wires removed from my bones (eek!) in two weeks’ time and to be out of plaster in about a month, although I may not get back to a fully functioning wrist and hand for many months after that. I haven’t really made any New Year resolutions, but there is one vow I have made – I am NEVER going ice-skating again!

I have had so many lovely messages on my blog and on Twitter (@jackiekabler) since my accident, so thank you all so much for those. I really appreciate them, and try to answer them all if I can.

I hope you have had a good start to YOUR new year. Let’s make 2015 our best yet!
Love Jackie xx

25 Comments

  1. twinkle January 7, 2015 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    Hiya lovely

    bless u sweetie i know how much of a pain this has all been for u and so sorry u were in so much pain :( but u have coped fantasticly ( even if u had a few naughty days ) and im proud of u :)

    Wow have great is your neighbour taking u to work? That is so lovely. And everyone at QVC too, I have loved all the ideas u everyone has come up with to cover your cast :)

    thank goodness you don’t have that long to wait before you are free of it though :) just rememberto behave between now and then otherwise it may take longer!! Plusu know what I will do don’t you? He he

    look after yourself hun and carry on being fabulous you :)

    Lots of love, hugs and sprinkles of glitter to go on your new black cast cover xxx

    • Jackie Kabler January 8, 2015 at 11:05 am -  Reply

      Hi Twinkle,
      Thanks for your lovely kind words…definitely like the idea of a glittery cast, sprinkle some my way!
      Love Jackie x

  2. Jean Pugh January 7, 2015 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    Yes I was so sorry to hear that you had broken your wrist, and yes you were lucky it was no worse.

    It must make it really difficult as it is your right one which you use. Yes and the simple things must be hard, I am sure there is always someone there to help out. What a super kind neighbour you have driving you to and from work.

    I noticed today you have the black horse tape on your arm. And my does that tape stick, you can get that in pink, blue and red. I use to use that for my horse, even used it for the dogs when they have cut their pads and had a dressing on, mind you they use to try and pull it off.

    I see you are on with the beautiful Tiffany lamps, I have several of them, in fact the Peacock one was my first purchase and I love it. The Hat, Umbrella and Shoe is beautiful, maybe next time I will treat myself to that one.

    Anyway you take care and hope your wrist soon repairs. And a Very Happy and Healthy New Year to you.

    Love Jean X

    • Jackie Kabler January 8, 2015 at 11:14 am -  Reply

      Hi Jean,
      Yes the horse tape was a genius idea, I love it! Happy new year to you too.
      Love Jackie x

  3. Karen G January 7, 2015 at 3:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie…Such a horrible thing to happen to you and especially just before Xmas. Thankfully, you seem to be on the road to recovery. It’s amazing what we can achieve tho, when WE really have too!!?
    I was more of a roller boot fan (do you remember them) – as found ice skating quite scary, hehe!!
    Have been loving your shows and think you have done brilliantly and still looking as stylish as ever!
    Best Wishes for the New Year!!
    Luv n hugs…Kxx

    • Jackie Kabler January 8, 2015 at 11:16 am -  Reply

      Hi Karen,
      Roller boots, ice boots, any sort of boots with attachments…NEVER AGAIN, I’m far too clumsy! Thanks for kind words!
      Love Jackie x

  4. Rita Green January 7, 2015 at 3:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, I couldn’t believe it when I saw you on the Tiffany show with your arm in a cast, I did exactly the same to my right arm the Wednesday before Christmas. Guess how mine happened though – nothing glamorous like you – I stood on something to clean my Tiffany floor lamp, stepped down and fell over the Hoover and broke my wrist in 3 places! Had a plate fitted which is permanent but hopefully getting the cast off in 2 weeks which I can’t wait for, it’s driving me mad. All the best, Rita Green.

    • Jackie Kabler January 8, 2015 at 11:24 am -  Reply

      Hi Rita,
      Oh nooooo poor you, how awful! It’s all horribly painful isn’t it? But how happy we will be when we get these casts off! I hope you heal quickly and get back to normal….keep me posted!
      Love Jackie x

  5. Amy Wall January 7, 2015 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    Sounds to me that you are coping exceptionally well and keeping a positive attitude about the mishap even to the point of heading into work by hook or by crook courtesy of your kind neighbour and wonderful work colleagues. Who could have known what was to happen when you booked the hotel, how fortunate was that!!!! Pleased to hear that the pain has eased and soon be having the pins out. Hope 2015 goes well with you and your family x

    • Jackie Kabler January 8, 2015 at 11:26 am -  Reply

      Hi Amy,
      Yes, everything has worked out as well as it could have under the circumstances I think! I’ll be staying away from slippery surfaces in future though! Happy new year to you and yours too.
      Love Jackie x

  6. Valerie and Ian January 7, 2015 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    Sorry to read about your little mishap but it is lovely to see you on the TV.

    Suggest that you ask EMU to make you a sheepskin lined cover or speak to the arty craft people who you have on QVC to see if they could make something more decorative than a blue cast say a cover with spring flowers on.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery and all the very best for the rest of 2015!

    • Jackie Kabler January 8, 2015 at 11:27 am -  Reply

      Hi Valerie and Ian,
      I love those ideas…the Emu one would be so cosy and spring flowers would cheer everyone up! Happy new year!
      Love Jackie x

  7. Michelle January 8, 2015 at 9:23 am -  Reply

    Hi hope you get better soon , im currently off work at the minute as I too am recoveringfrom a broken wrist. ( i slipped on decking )I also had to have it wired under general anesthetic, but im now out of my cast and am working ongetting my movement back, sending best wishes x

    • Jackie Kabler January 8, 2015 at 11:30 am -  Reply

      Hi Michelle,
      Glad to hear you are recovering, can’t wait to get to your stage. I’ve been told it can take a long time to get full movement back so we will both need to be good with our physio and exercises. Keep me posted with your progress!
      Love Jackie x

      • michelle January 13, 2015 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

        Hi , had my first physio yesterday as the christmas holiday delayed things a little , and all was good I really have quite alot of movement back already as I have been excercising gradually over the last few weeks so I am really pleased. So dont give up just do little and often as soon as your cast is off . Good luck

        • Jackie Kabler January 15, 2015 at 10:28 am -  Reply

          Hi again,
          Great news, well done! Can’t wait to get this cast off now and start physio.
          Love Jackie x

  8. Stroma Mcdermott January 9, 2015 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    Just hoping you are healing well and having a good new year. Miss seeing you on Qvc and hope you are back very soon.

    • Jackie Kabler January 12, 2015 at 10:04 am -  Reply

      Hi Stroma,
      I’ve actually been back at work since Boxing Day so you must just be tuning in when I’m not on! Thanks for getting in touch, happy new year!
      Love Jackie x

  9. Erica Judd January 10, 2015 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, I badly fractured my left wrist on New Year’s Eve and had k-wires put in yesterday – as you say, the pain is pretty bad especially when you have to wriggle your fingers! I bought a couple of fancy, patterned cast covers online – the zebra-print goes very well with one of my Kipling bags. Hope you continue to improve

    • Jackie Kabler January 12, 2015 at 10:06 am -  Reply

      Hi Erica,
      Oh dear, poor you! I’ve now found some cast covers online too – I have ordered a black velvet one and a leopard print one! Hope you heal soon.
      Love Jackie x

  10. eleanor January 11, 2015 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie try and keep your sling on for a few hours each day as you will be inclined to use your arm too soon be gentle with it for a good wee while yet .i did the same to my wrist a while back .it is very hard to resist using your arm too much but do try. Anyway you look so pretty just as you are .put on a wee brave face and you will get lots of help kind regards and lots of sympathy. Eleanor xx

    • Jackie Kabler January 12, 2015 at 10:08 am -  Reply

      Hi Eleanor,
      Good advice, thank you! And yes people are very kind and always step in to help if I look like I’m struggling to open a door or carry things. Happy new year!
      Love Jackie x

  11. Nicky January 14, 2015 at 9:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, sorry to hear about your broken wrist, bless you.
    As you say it could have been worse. It’s always a fear of mine slipping on ice, my mum broke her wrist a few years ago on a Boxing Day, she said the pain was dreadful and of course it put her out of action.
    Chin up, hopefully it will mend quickly.
    Love Nicky xx

    • Jackie Kabler January 15, 2015 at 10:31 am -  Reply

      Hi Nicky,
      Thanks for that. It’s been inconvenient but I’m just trying to get on with things as much as possible and everyone is being very helpful! I think I’ll be avoiding ice in future though!
      Love Jackie x

  12. alex May 22, 2015 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    The colour of your cast was very nice.Has your wrist tottaly healed?I was in a cast too.I broke my wrist and thumb playing soccer.I had my third cast removed 5 months ago.Best wishes and take care.

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