|December 13, Christmas Party|
Florence looking at Santa's baby
Who knows how it happened, they found her on the floor near her bed, and in pain. She has a high pain threshold and an ability to ignore aches so when she complained, they knew it was serious. An ambulance transport to emergency at the Gunderson hospital in La Crosse and ever since 4:00PM Sunday it has been a tilt a whirl; her partial hip replacement surgery at 11:00PM, being up out of bed Monday morning, standing yesterday and declared medically stable and dischargeable back to the SNF today. Medically stable says nothing about mentally unstable and there's not much to be done about that. She convinced the hospital attendants to call her son and when she got Jerry on the phone she was belligerent and demanded he come get her. We requested they not connect a phone, but they try to do what a patient wants or what makes their life easier. I wish her daughter had interest and would come and sit at the facility, taking care and be pushed to frustration but that is not going to happen and so we make do. I watch my own tongue and attitude because I do not want to be mean to an old lady, someday I'll be old too, but what a predicament. Long discussions with the therapists and nurses at the home this morning about protocols and a new level of care for her. Will she comply, will she attempt to do something she should not and reinjure herself, what next? All questions to be answered as we look toward Easter. I'll not be Easter decorating this year, too much else to deal with.
Full healing may take 6 months. This is a time of instability when anything can happen. A cousin reminded me that Aunt Berniece died of complications from a broken hip, but Florence has a strong heart and body in ways unbelievable for a 96 year old. Many nurses marveled at how good she looks for 96 and then they marveled at how nasty she could be, how she could be foul in disposition and demeaning, I am not surprised. We hope progress continues. Such is life.