…and this past week I can say there is no doubt in my mind about that. This past Wednesday my 91 year old mama fell at her assisted living cottage and broke her arm in 2 places. I got the call at work around 10:30 a.m., grabbed my purse and ran out. I called hubby who left work to meet me at the cottage. In the meantime, I called her doctor to say we were coming in because he would have to refer her to an orthopedic surgeon to get his opinion and see what needed to be done. The orthopedic could not see her until 3:30 that afternoon so we got a prescription filled for pain and settled down in her room to wait. Fortunately the pain medicine made her somewhat comfortable so she wasn’t in too much pain until we could get to the orthopedic’s office.
Once x-rays were taken they revealed two breaks, one a clean break and one a jagged break. The doctor said ordinarily he would operate and put in screws and plates but because of her age and condition he did not want to do that nor put her to sleep. The decision was made to put a cast on her and hope for the best (his words). We go back next Thursday to see how things look. As a last resort, he will have to operate.
After getting her back to her room, hubby and I ran out to Wal Mart for some front snapping gowns, a few camis she could slip on easily (to wear in place of a bra), more self-adhesive gauze wraps, a new raised “potty” to set on top of her existing toilet, a bed pillow with arms so she could prop up in bed and read, and some other things. Imagine how life will change for her for the next 6-8 weeks….but she has yet to complain! I go by every morning to see that she gets dressed and take care of bathroom business then back in the evenings to check on her.
Falling and breaking your arm is not a good thing, but think how much worse it could have been.
If you could please say a prayer for her for the next few months that she heals and that we can make her as comfortable as possible I would really appreciate it.