You know the kind I’m talking about. Those moments that completely change things. All the plans you have for the day, or maybe the week. A moment that can change things for a year, or maybe even a lifetime. They come out of nowhere, completely unexpected.
We had one of those moments last week. You know, the early morning phone call that can only be a wrong number; or bad news.
Wanda’s mother had fallen, landing on her buttocks, and had spent the previous evening at the emergency room. Early reports were no broken bones, but she would be very sore. Things begin to go downhill this past Tuesday. She became progressively worse, and needed assistance with everything that had to do with mobility. More doctors visits, along with a CT scan, led to the discovery of a broken pelvis on one side and cracks on the other side. We don’t know why these weren’t found in the ER, though a nurse said that this type of thing can sometimes takes days, or even weeks, before showing up on x-rays or scans.
The best news of the day is that modern medicine has a quick fix. A new procedure is being used to fix breaks and cracks like she has. Tomorrow, or Monday, a Doctor will inject some type of gel into both the break and the cracks. It will fill the space with a type of cement. The Doctors say she will go home within 24 hours, mostly pain free, and be on the go again in a very short time. All of that is yet to be seen, but we hope it goes as planed.
As can be imagined, our own plans have changed. We were all set to pull out Friday, but everything is now on hold until she is able to get around on her own.
To be sure, it was a small life moment compared to what many have encountered. Nothing like losing a loved one unexpectedly; being told you’re no longer an asset to the company; or anything else that puts your heart in your throat.
Ours was just a small reminder that no matter how well we make our own plans, there are so many things we have no control over that can change them.
We just have to be willing to roll with the flow, so to speak. Hopefully, everything will go as planned. She will make a record recovery, and we’ll get away in a week or two. If not, we’ll cross that bridge when the time comes……jc