MRS. CRANKY’s FALL
This last week we were visiting my sister-in-law and her kids at a lovely house only a few yards off of Boothbay Harbor in Maine.
While I was on
the porch watching boats, ducks and eagles do their thing on the bay I heard a
loud crash followed by several panicky “Are
you ok’s?” from inside.
had been moving a chair from one room to another and she slipped on the small
stepdown between rooms. She was afraid
to move, was experiencing nausea, and was on the verge of fainting.
It was a
pretty hard fall.
could finally get her up and seated, and the nausea and near fainting passed, her ankle blew up like a tick in two places and was changing colors like a neon sign.
It was not
There was no
way that she could walk on this swollen miscolored ankle.
I called the closest urgent medical care center. Their protocol, since they had no ex-ray machine, was to not even see her if she could not put weight on her ankle.
to call the emergency room.
I called the
emergency room and they said to go to the urgent medical care center. Told that we did that, they informed me they
could not even suggest she come to the ER over the phone without a referral.
hypothetically if someone was carried in with a swollen discolored ankle, would
you look at it?”
“I am not
allowed to say, but hypothetically…probably.”
This was not
an encouraging conversation, and as the pain was apparently a notch below
excruciating, it was decided we could wait until the next day.
was iced and I purchased a pair of crutches and an ankle wrap at the local Walgreen’s.
the sales person at Walgreen’s thought that the crutches might be on sale, so
it took a bit of research while I was chomping at the bit to just get back to
the injured Mrs. C.
of in a hurry, I don’t mind paying full price.”
only take a minute sir, I don’t want you to miss out on a sale.”
store would offer a sale on crutches is beyond me, but this was Maine, and you
do not rush Mainiacs.
were not on sale.
at the house, the ankle was even more swollen and discolored, and Mrs. C had to
use the facilities.
her iced ankle and she was off on the crutches to take care of business. She damn near fell on her butt once again.
you know how to use crutches?”
never had to.”
messed with the crutches of some friend who needed them as a kid.”
Mrs. C would
move her good foot up to the level of the crutches and stop leaving her with no
forward point of balance.
good foot forward past the crutches and then swing the crutches ahead always
leaving a three point stance, like a
For the rest
of the day it was hop-teeter-hop to any destination with me behind to stop her
from falling. She did get better at it,
but not much.
The next day
the swelling was down a bit and there was no pain if the ankle was kept immobile. We iced it all day and I was an on-call
she could actually limp around without the crutches, which was a relief because
her trying to move on the crutches was potentially as dangerous as trying to
navigate that between-rooms step the day before.
We were back
in New Jersey on the third day after the fall.
Mrs. C insisted
on driving, (she claims I drive too slow) and she did not have any issues with
the ankle. The following day, our NJ
urgent center does have an ex-ray machine, and we it was confirmed that nothing
Mrs. C should be fine in a few days.
because she is not a good patient, and I am an even worse errand boy.