Well, on Wednesday night, my aunt (mom's sister) was coming into her house late at night, and fell. She hit her face on a shelf (from what I understand), and felt her leg twist. Fortunately, she had her cell phone on her, and as the garage light went off (she had come into the garage and shut the garage door), she got a hold of her son that lives about 2 minutes away. He went over, called an ambulance, and once at the hospital, she found out she broke her femur in her right leg (the large upper bone in your leg).
The orthopedist told her that whenever you break a femur, they operate - I'm assuming because it's such a load-bearing bone.
They were to do surgery yesterday, but first had trouble locating her X-rays for the orthopedist to look at before surgery, but then her EKG came back with a change when compared to her EKG from 2004, so they wanted to find out what was up with that before doing surgery.
THEN the orthopedist came in and said after looking at her X-rays, her knee replacement that she had done in 1998 was bent and looked worn. He said it doesn't look like the fall caused the replacement to be bent because it's bent at the other end (the part the attaches to the tibia/fibula). So, in addition to repairing the femur, since they're going in anyway, they'll do a knee replacement at the same time. Doctor said it'll strengthen her leg even more to do both now.
This aunt had double knee replacement in 1998, and has recently been having a bit of a problem with her right hip - my mom wonders if the knee being worn and bent has caused her hip problems.
I asked my mother if they found out why her EKG changed, and she said Joan didn't mention anything. I'm heading over today on my lunch hour to see her before surgery - it's at 3PM.
If you could spare a prayer, that would be great - she's 73, diabetic (she takes medication, not insulin dependent, I don't think), and has done well health-wise overall. She lives alone - my uncle died in 2001 - and is fairly independent. This will lay her up for a while.
Also, my cousin's husband - my aunt's son-in-law - is a contractor that works in different states - has been doing this since he lost his job 2 yrs back. He's currently working in NYC (Long Island), and has been having chest pains. He had an angiogram done yesterday and it was fine. They were keeping him overnight in the hospital, and will let him go home today.
Oh, and the same cousin's husband lost HIS mom two weeks ago.
It's been quite a month for us - me with my pancreatitis (no flare ups since and I've been off the meds almost a week), and then all this for my aunt and her family.