Mom is home from the hospital.
She had been walking into the bathroom at 2:30 in the morning, leaning carefully on the sink counter edge with her whole right forearm. Suddenly, she either tripped or lost her balance, and pitched forward.
The countertop caught her right arm, throwing it violently backward, breaking the humerus right below the ball, at a sharp angle downward. This turned her as she fell, so that she landed on her left side. Her left arm folded neatly beside her as she landed on it, so the arm has only a bruise. But the bulge her arm made, created a perfect place to crack three ribs.
Her head struck the floor right above her left eyebrow, and a goose egg appeared within minutes. It has since drained into her eye socket and down in front of her left ear. So she looks like a kid who got into the makeup. It will look even more ghastly as the black and blue turns green.
They kept her overnight for observation, to make sure she wasn't bleeding in her head.
But they didn't realize she was diabetic, so her sugars got way too high, as they didn't give her meds, but DID feed her an average American diet! From the time we told them she was diabetic, it took half a day to get an order through to give her insulin. Even so, they overlooked putting on her kitchen order, to send her a diabetic diet, so that a full day later, she was still getting potatoes, bread, and sweet dessert, all in the same meal. Bad for her. Very bad.
They didn't want to let her go home, but my sister talked them into it. Wow, I never knew my sister could be so pushy! Good for her. We are slowly weaning her from the incredibly high dosage of morphine she was on. She was so out of her head that she couldn't put a full sentence together without going in 6 directions, not remembering what she had started with. She never even knew she had come home. This morning, she began to recognize her room at home. What a relief.
It will be an uphill battle, caring for her. But my sister is a pro. She will be ok.
The doctors and physical therapist were all surprised how strong my mom is. Her bone strength is also surprisingly strong, with very little osteoporosis yet, even at age 87!
For most of her life, she milked a cow by hand, and has drunk raw milk...