Sorry I haven’t posted on my website for a while.
I’m in a rehab hospital in Rock Hill, SC learning how to deal with my broken left hip. I was moving an aloe plant on my patio into the house, when my toe got caught in the leg of the stool that goes with my lawn chair. Suddenly me and the aloe were hurtling at warp speed for the cement. I landed with my full body weight on my left hip, which shattered the top of my femur where it joins the hip bone into 5 pieces. Fortunately my neighbor Butch was home and heard my scream and came scampering out of the trailer parked behind my house. The ambulance was there in less than 15 minutes and the rest is a very painful blur – operation in the hospital in Matthews, then a late night ride in yet another ambulance to HealthSouth in Rock Hill. They do amazing work here, helping folks learn how to cope with a wide variety of injuries and a LOT of stroke patients too.
Going home on Wednesday, Nov. 27 (celebrating Mom’s 93rd birthday and my release on the same day) …
and on Thursday 3 friends coming over to share the simple Thanksgiving meal I had planned before all this mess happened!
Thank you to my friend Betty for Boo Boo the owl and the lovely card with the cat in a cast on his left leg… and my friend Arba for the lovely yellow roses… delivered all the way from Salisbury, NC…!!!!
Thank you also to Steve Aupied and Cathy Layton for the lovely poinsettia and to my cousin Bonnie in ND for the lovely orchid. Both plants will have a LOT of TLC when we all get home!
I’ve been using light therapy on my leg (and other body parts) since the day after surgery. They have been a TREMENDOUS HELP! If you want to learn more about light therapy, check out these links: www.thelightlinks.info and www.lightingupcharlotte.com
The rehab center I’m currently in is very interested in becoming the first rehab center in the US to use light therapy and my friends in Charlotte and TN met with the director of operations last week to begin the process of starting that study – ASAP! The lights are TREMENDOUS help to reduce swelling and inflammation – the biggest problem I see with EVERYONE here at the rehab center! And they aid circulation, skin issues, and definitely greatly decrease pain!!