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Oct 30, 2017 Latest post:
Jan 21, 2018
This Caring Bridge is being started for all those that Mary Ann loves as well as all those that love her!
Although Mary Ann has navigated many physical challenges, last Tuesday Oct. 24, she fell and broke her right upper arm. This injury will result in changing her level of independence. As many of you know, her right arm is her dominant side and required for most every task. The fracture was a compound one and the break occurred at the base of the prosthetic device used in the shoulder replacement she had some years ago. Surgery was done at Mayo that Tuesday evening to realign the bones. No internal fixation was done because there was not enough bone to use for the fixation. Therefore, she is in a brace that goes around her upper arm to give external structure as well as being in a sling. The challenge is to keep the bones from moving so that the body can heal and the shoulder replacement again becomes stable. The surgeon informed us that it will be a minimum of 6 weeks before we know if the bone is healing and strong enough to handle activities of daily living. If the bone doesn't heal there will need to be another intervention but lets pray that bridge doesn't have to be crossed. There are so many things to be thankful for - one of which is that she was visiting friends in Rochester, MN when the accident occurred, so she had the surgery at Mayo Clinic by a trauma surgeon that specializes in shoulders!
Mary Ann has not been in much pain at all through out this ordeal thankfully. She is in good spirits. Additionally she seems to be an encouragement to all of her caretakers. She is currently in a rehab facility for a minimum of 2 weeks from all we can gather. We are working on home care plans.
The family will attempt to post updates at least 2 times per week. Feel free to write notes of encouragement or messages to MaryAnn.