Jul 23

Well, there is good news and not so good news here.  The good news is that the break in her neck will not need surgery, but she will have to have her neck in a pretty elaborate brace for the next three months.  The break is the spur off the back of C2, the second vertebra in the neck, but no spinal tissue or arteries were damaged.  Whew!

Now for the not so good news.  Her knee is in bad shape.  It swelled up very tightly, and the surgery she had yesterday was to cut it open and install drainage tubes.  It was considered emergency surgery and she could have lost her leg.  She has surgery to repair the knee on Thursday.

As for her wrist, when she was in surgery for her knee yesterday, they set the wrist, but she is going to have to have surgery on it to install pins.  We don’t know yet when this will happen.  Because of her Parkinson’s disease, she doesn’t tolerate anesthesia very well, so they have to take baby steps on getting her all fixed up.

It looks like she is going to be in the hospital for at least a week.  Today, she is feeling the fall more, and the complications of the Parkinson’s and not being able to sleep very well has made today rather difficult for her.  Please keep her in your prayers as she is going to need them for quite a long time.

I am just truly grateful that she wasn’t killed outright.  She basically took a head-long dive off the top of the stairs, landing on her head in the corner of the landing.  She got confused in the night and turned the wrong direction and suddenly there was nothing under her feet.  She had put her hand out to try to catch herself, which is how it got broken.  Floyd found her all in a pile on the landing and called 911.  He said he could tell her wrist was broken, and she said she knew something in her neck wasn’t right because she couldn’t move her head. But, all-in-all, we are so blessed that we didn’t lose her.