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May 11, 2021
It was a regular Saturday afternoon and Bob was "tinkering" in the garage. I got a call on my cell phone from him and he simply said, "I need help." I went to the garage and found him lying face down on the floor! He had done one of his famous Parkinson's pivots (as I call them) and landed on his hip, right knee and a knot on his head. I knew I couldn't lift him, so I hollered at our grandson, Canon, who was speeding up the street on his scooter....trying not to alarm him too much...."Could you ask your Dad to come help me please? Papa Bob fell and I can't get him up." Within a minute, Blake and Adrina were in the garage assessing the situation. Bob couldn't move his leg at all. Canon, taking it all in with a bit of a furrowed brow, went into my pantry and came out with 2 fig newtons and said to his Papa Bob. "Here, Papa Bob, one for you and one for me....this will make it better!" The small gesture with that beautiful smile said it all! We summoned help from our neighbor, Chuck Macheca, former firefighter to try to get Bob in the car for a trip to the ER. I grabbed medical documents and meds list, etc and off we went to Alliance Harris Hospital about 6:00 pm Saturday evening. I was told I had to wait in the car after dropping him off for a few minutes thanks to Covid. I texted our dear friends and former neighbors, Skip and Joyce Krause and asked for prayers feeling very alone. Within seconds I received a text that they were only two blocks away dropping off friends and they would come to sit with me! WOW! After x-rays of the head, neck, right knee and hip, all was clear except for the hip - broken and surgery would be necessary. He was admitted within an hour or so and we were set up in a room and were blessed with some super nurses! Meanwhile, Skip and Joyce still keeping vigil outside to make sure I got home safely after a very rough evening. And, they brought me a Whataburger and a shake! What a blessing!
It was a painful night, but the next morning we were told surgery was scheduled around Noon. Again, God blessed us with a great surgeon and a wonderful anesthesiologist. Because of the type of break, it was best to have a partial hip replacement because the femur was fractured. Blake came to the hospital to consult with the doctors with me and sit with me during the 2 hr surgery as only 2 people could be there because of Covid. Again, God's provision every step of the way.
The surgeon reported surgery went well; however, the femur was not only broken but cracked and required a cable to stabilize. Unfortunately, this extra procedure extends his recovery 4-6 weeks and requires no weight bearing for a while . Blake and I kept vigil in his room and listened to his funny comments and repetitions as the anesthesia wore off into Sunday evening.
I came home to Sadie hoping I could get some rest to be ready the next day, only to discover that sleep wasn't in the picture for me. Bob had a rough night with some hallucinations from the anesthesia and lots of pain and no sleep. Monday was alo ng day, but physical therapy came twice and started the painful process of healing. Due to the type of break, he has to be taught how to walk again without dislocating the hip. It will take time and has to keep the legs from crossing the midline and cannot bend at the waist and is strapped to a wedge in bed to keep the legs apart. He is a tough old bird, but what he is dealing with is awful!
Please pray that the request sent in today will be approved for the Rehab Hospital to facilitate his therapy for the next 2-3 weeks until he can come home to me and Sadie.
Bob will have time to check this site daily and I know he would really appreciate your notes and comments to him supporting this very unfortunate event. We know and believe that God is directing our path and that each of you is surrounding us as we take each step. This Site will allow you to receive updates going forward. I will be updating any new information as I can in this location without having to post on FB or send text messages.
Thank you in advance for your love and prayers and outpouring of support already received.