What a 24hrs!!!
First off, my Mom made a huge batch of bread yesterday and she always waits till the loaves are well and truly cooled, then she puts them in heavy duty freezer bags and into the freezer. Well, where I have my laptop set up, I can see out into the Hallway and across to our pump room and where the Freezer is and that area is also the bottom of that staircase. I first heard this awful racket coming down the stairs, but then I saw two loaves go flying past. Which I wasn't worried about because sometimes if Mom's got a big load, she'll toss a couple down the stairs.
Sadly, she didn't do that w/the rest of the ones she had in her arms, she missed the last step and...
I *knew* when I flew out into in that Hallway last night and saw the position her left foot was in, that she'd more than likely broken it. Sure enough, not only is it broken, but broken in two places. She's been admitted to our little local and Rural hospital and is now waiting for a bed over in Sudbury. The doctor she's got, told her that after talking to the Chief of Ortho over there and him going over the X Rays, Mom's looking at a plate *and* screws.
They were hoping to get her over there tonight and then go to the OR tomorrow, but considering the state of that place over there *and* how long it took for them to get my Dad transferred over there in the Fall and...I hope I'm wrong about this, but I'm thinking more mid week till a bed opens up in that mess called Health Sciences North. If that!!
Now, all of this happened around 10-ish last night and at first she wasn't going to go into the Emerg at our little rural Hospital/Health Centre at that time of night. I tried to insist, but she said no, not at this time of night. That is until she tried to ice it and elevate it *and* the pain kicked in. That's when she, to my relief, said to call a neighbour of ours to see if he'd take her down.
Thank God for good people like this guy is. He's among a small number of people that I honestly don't know what we would have done w/out them the last few years. By the time he got up here, they headed off, got to the Hospital/Health Centre (About an hour away from us) into Emerg and then back up here....It was just about a quarter to two AM and yes, you read that right, by the time they got back. You see, while there is a ER doc on call and there, the X Ray tech's a different story and he told Mom to call him in and do the X Ray After Hours, the hospital has to pay him $500. W/the way things are financial wise these days and us a small rural place...No X Ray last night. He did put the ankle in one of those fiberglass braces to keep things immbolie and then wrapped all of that w/tensor bandages to get Mom home.
Now he told her to come back today, but what the plan was, was she was going to come along w/Dad for his Saturday Dialysis appt and get it looked at then. After the night we had last night, w/me getting her settled on the couch in the living room w/water and a sandwich and the ice pack, w/the walker Dad was given after *his* fall on US Election Night when he badly bruised his hip nearby for her to use to get to the bathroom...I finally stumbled into my bed here at just a little after 3am. However, I kept my room door open in order to hear her if she needed anything and whenever that walker hit the floor or I heard her little grunts of pain, I was up and at the foot of the stairs calling up to see if she was okay. That kept on till around 6 am when Dad got up and took over.
I managed to catch about an hour and a bit of sleep until I heard Dad and someone else's voice along w/Mom's trying to get her down the stairs. That helpful neighbour? His wife called at 7am and told her to get ready because she'd be at the house in ten minutes to take Mom back down to find out if it was broken or not and...
That's where things stand right now. However, to add to the overall worry and concern in the house right now, we got a sad phone call from BC this afternoon. My Dad's last surviving sister, my Aunt Evelyn lost her battle w/lung cancer last night and her daughter/my cousin Karen was doing the rounds of the calls to all of us out here in Ontario. Now, there's only Dad and my Uncle Rodney left and, while Karen called us about a month ago to tell us Aunt Evelyn didn't have very long left and was going into Pallative Care, it's still a bit of a hit to the gut if that makes any sense.
Speaking of that....I hope this made sense, as I'm *really* tired. I caught a nap this afternoon, but it really didn't help that much. Then w/Dad's Dementia issues...I think he asked me close to 10 or 15 times tonight if Mom was in Little Current or Sudbury and when she'd called here twice tonight, just to check in and to tell me what to pull together into a bag for her, he asked her about five times both times if she was coming home tomorrow and at least three where she was calling from.
I never did realize just how tiring that can be. Not to mention soul shattering when I think back to last Spring and just how far he's slipped since then...It just tears me into pieces.
Anyway...As I said, I am *tired*, but wanted to get this off before I crash. Dad does have Dialysis tomorrow and other Family Friends of ours will be taking him there and back. Inbetween however, they're heading to the town that's between us and Sudbury to do some errands/grocery shopping and I'm thinking it might not be a bad idea to tag along. At the very least to pick up some odds and ends I know we need. However, w/my own health issues, that all depends on what the Morning brings, but hopefully I'll be able to go along.
Anyway...As I said to start off...What a 24hrs we've had!! So could everyone here please keep my Mom and all of us in your thoughts and prayers. Not only badly needed, but also gratefully appreciated too.