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Aug 31, 2016
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Joy fell and broke her leg in December. Her leg shattered right below where she had her knee replaced. It was assumed that could have happened at the time of the knee replacement, but took that long to finally break. Joy was on her living room floor unable to move and screamed for a long time for help until a neighbor came home and was able to get in her door and to Beaumont Hospital for leg surgery. She had a long recovery at home and with physical therapy. Vianna, Joy's Niece (AJ-Aunty Joy) saw it fit that AJ needed some sun after visiting her on Valentines Day Week-end. When Joy's Dr. gave her the "ok" Vianna took AJ to the sun. Vianna invited Olivia and her Mom Alina to come too. Joy loved the sun and she needed it. Also, Joy wanted to go through the Smoky Mountains. She got to see them alright, with no GPS, we rode them full circle 2x. All the more lovely family time we had. And our family, we never get impatient riding the Smokies around 2x. Olivia and Vianna got double the time with their AJ. Joy really has not been feeling well all winter. But now she was on to bigger and better things. Her leg was healed and she was very busy planting her flower garden up to 3 weeks ago. I (being Alina) got a call approximately 3 weeks ago about 8pm from Joy that she was in the hospital with a broken hip. She had been doing a jig with her dog Alfie at the mailbox. Alfie took 1st place and Joy hit the ground. Vianna and I were on the road and drove all night. Even though we all live in Michigan, its a 9-10 hr drive from our house. We may have made it in 8 hours. Joy came through her surgery with flying colors. The surgical team had to wait 48 hours to do the surgery as the pin had popped out of her leg that had been previously repaired, so that was discussed in length with the surgical team as the approach of what to fix first, then Joy has had prior blood clots and that was an extreme worry. Her surgery did go well, I am happy to say. I felt honored that she wanted me to stay the night with her at the hospital when she came up from surgery around 8pm. But after I fixed her yellow socks for the 32nd time, that honor was down in my socks. :) She was in uncontrollable pain. And if you ever have Joy over for coffee, she takes 5 creamers. Did you hear me? 5 creamers. All the Nurses, Drs and Aides knew that by 2am.
Her Brothers' Alfred & Dean were able to visit her on opposite week-ends, Olivia and Vianna have both been there now. Kevin McCormack drove Alfred down so he was able to see Joy too. Brother Jack has had a knee replacement, so he is unable to travel. Others will make it in due time. Joy wanted to see Robin who was here in Hancock, but it was thought best that Robin not see Joy in a hospital bed. I don't know if that would have shocked Robin as much as the thought that Joy might forget to pay Robin's monthly Cell phone bill. The jury is still out on that one. Joy, being the pistol she is (was) wanted HOME. And I mean, real bad. So she got to go HOME last Friday, July 29th. And after all that fuss, she missed Beaumont so much, she went back by Ambulance on Sunday July 31st after the Home Health Aide came and found her unresponsive. She got to be real fast friends again with the hospital food until yesterday when Olivia came down from Hancock and transported Joy to her new home @ Notting Hill of West Bloomfield. Olivia says Notting Hill is a palace compared to the Nursing Home she works at in Hancock. Vianna say it is the "Hamptons" of all Nursing Homes.