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In the later AM of Tuesday, February 18th, Karen slipped on ice in her driveway while cleaning off the snow from their van while Roger was helping out a friend elsewhere. After impact, she laid on the ice praying and calling out for help. A close neighbor responded within 3 -4 minutes and called 911 and kept her warm. She was then transported to Allina hospital in Buffalo, MN where they determined her condition was in need of a Level 1 Trauma Center.
She was transported by ambulance to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale. After evaluation by trauma specialists, she was admitted to their MedSurg floor pending the likely need of surgical repair for her injuries sustained from her fall on the ice.
After many forms of medical imaging, investigation and assessment, she was advised today that her pelvis, near her acetabulum (Hip) joint area was fractured. For now, no surgical intervention is required and won't be if it heals well on its own. However in order to heal, she must not endure any weight bearing stress on her right leg for 6 -12 weeks. This broad range is relative to the condition of her bone density, age and her ability to heal.
She was also advised that she would need ORIF, (Attachment of a plate and screws) surgery for a fractured shoulder in the area of her upper humerus bone. This will occur at 3:00 PM this Friday by a Shoulder Specialist. She will then be held for post surgical observation for 1-2 days, (Or more if condition or weekend hours dictate).
After discharge, she will be transferred by ambulance to a transitional care facility, (Often a separate wing of a nursing home) near their home in Cokato. The location will be announced once determined. She will remain in their care under treatment from Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and the like, until she is deemed ready to care for herself at her Cokato home.
We will continue to post updates as her treatment progresses. We would appreciate any kind words of encouragement, and covet your prayers as she, Roger and the family travel this journey with her! The doctor and physical therapist have commented that she is a very strong lady, so we have great hopes that all will go well, and she will continue on the road to recovery!