Keep moving through challenging times – do not give up!
My plans after playing pickle ball on Thursday morning of the 28 th of April was to come home and sand and prime the kitchen to continue my renovating. I have been painting for a few months finishing the dining room recently and had hopes of moving on to the kitchen.
But I had an unplanned unexpected detour and my first ride in an ambulance because I fell while playing pickle ball. I tripped on my own shoelaces! I love pickle ball because it is so fun! My grandsons wrote me a note and told me no more pickle ball! Well, I cannot say that I will not play again but I will make sure my laces are tied.
While lying on the floor of the gym Deb Morris and others prayed for me and I waited for wisdom from God on what to do next. After thinking and praying I felt that I should not stand up. Instead, I called my husband while someone called for the ambulance to go to Wellsboro’s emergency room. (Special shout out to Rob Kreger who helped lift me up onto the ambulance stretcher!)
In the emergency room they did a body scan and found a fracture in my hip. Thankfully nothing else was fractured so I was grateful because my ribs were sore. Seeing that I did not know I was going to fall I did not reach out to stop myself. I told the emergency room doctor I wanted to be transferred to Guthrie Ortho in Corning, so he made those arrangements for me. I was so thankful that he listened to me. Hence another ride in the ambulance to Corning Hospital.
By this time many were praying for me, and I did not feel any fear but comfort in the care I was receiving.
My encouragement for all of us is to trust the love and care of God and follow His lead and be proactive about our health decisions.
I went to Corning Hospital in the ambulance and John and Julianna followed me by car. They put me in a large room with sliding glass doors and kept them closed most of the time. I was told some coming into the emergency room at Corning were positive for Covid, so they kept my door shut to limit my exposure. I did not feel afraid of getting Covid, but I did not want it either. I had new x-rays of my hip done and the doctor that night said that I would have surgery in the morning, so they admitted me into the hospital. They tested me for covid and thankfully I was negative. Each patient’s room in the hospital is private so that also gave me some more protection. Everyone who cared for me at the hospital was kind and caring.
God opened a door for Surgery on Friday with Dr David Austin. He said sorry about the fracture, but this fracture is the easiest to repair. So, they could fit me into the schedule. On the paper it reads Left Hip Open – Reduction – internal fixation using FNS.
I wanted to come home Saturday because it was my birthday weekend and my grandsons had come to visit. The hospital would not let them in because they were under twelve. I asked permission to go home Saturday and Dr. Austin and the rest of the care team said yes!
Johanna, Julianna, and John have taken excellent care of me. Johanna’s bedroom has a walk-in shower so currently I am using her room She is home for the month of May she has been helping with the cooking and cleaning! I am very grateful for the love of my family.
Friends also sent food and flowers!
When I got home, I also was blessed with a care team that came to help, Eric, Joyce and Tammy. They are helping in my healing journey. I am sure Eric being a physical therapist will help me transition from using the walker to not using one!
Linda Stager and I will be doing some waking and eventually biking on the rail trail as I heal this summer!
As Michael Caruso the PA for Guthrie Care told me last Saturday – keep moving! I told him that’s what I say! SO of course, I had to tell him about Movin’ Together on Home Page! I had my Movin’ Together shirt and hat on when I fell!
I wanted to be seen yesterday morning in Corning at Guthrie Ortho and Kim Ryan had a cancellation so I could get in! Another door that God opened I told her I prayed for an opening! 🙂 she said that I am ahead of schedule and this week I can start walking without my walker if I want.! Do I dare? Yes!
This verse in Proverbs 3 is an encouragement for all of us: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.
Thanks to all who prayed for me and encouraged me along the way!
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