On a Lighter Note

In the Blink of an Eye

Our February 13th calendar included a breakfast for new members of American University’s learning in retirement organization, a 1:00 pm session at our continuing care community on how to fall “safely” and our grandson’s 3:00 p.m. middle-school basketball game.

However, the best laid plans…

Walking back to our car after the breakfast, Peter tripped over an uneven sidewalk. He couldn’t move his leg, but we did not know how badly he was hurt. An ambulance took him to the hospital where x-rays showed a broken femur.

Anyone who has spent time in a hospital emergency room in a strange city will understand that this was not fun. But it could have been worse.

Peter was moved to a hospital room after only three hours, possibly a record for short emergency room stays. Unfortunately, they had to wait for Peter’s prescription blood thinner to leave his system before they could operate. That would take a very long two days.

And so the saga began.

If the breakfast had been a lunch and the “how to fall” session had been at breakfast time, we might have had a better day.


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Oh no! Sorry to hear this. I'd imagine the fall and recovery are scary enough without thinking about what this may or may not mean for the future. Here's to a full, speedy recovery for Peter and an easy load for you as his caretaker.

Phyllis Sonnenschein

Miss you in Camb and HILR, but have felt in touch through your blog as you experience your new life. So sorry about Peter's fall. Hope he recovers rapidly and you continue to enjoy new people, nearby family and the feeling of success as you navigate your new world.

Liz Drahman

Judy, I am so sorry to hear of your husband's accident. I hope you and he have all the support you need. It has to be a positive to be surrounded by family. Sending your all my good wishes and healing thoughts. Liz

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