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.
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