1/31/05 12:45 pm
Hi Everyone,Here's an update on Daddy's fall yesterday morning also. No harm done, except slight bump on head (no swelling, no bruise), and a bruised ego. Afterwards he walked with no pain for the rest of the day, so apparently no harm done to his bones anywhere.
So what happened was at 7:40 Liz started to make breakfast (she likes to make breakfast while they are still asleep and then wake them up). I looked in on M&D, both appeared to be asleep, so I went out for I swear 6-7 minutes max to the nearby ATM machine. When I came back and went to my room I heard Mom doing her alert cry. She had thrown off her covers and had gotten her good leg partway off the bed, and she was straining to pull herself over to the left sidebar. When she saw me she pointed to the bathroom.
Of course, Dad's bed was empty and his legs were sticking out of the toilet room. He'd apparently fallen trying to turn himself around to sit down when he lost balance. His pants, etc. were still up. He fell with his back against a soft plastic waste basket about 24" high, which apparently broke his fall. It took both Liz and me to get him up.
Later he seemed chagrined about falling. I told him it was really good that he knew he needed to use the toilet, but he was not strong enough to get there by himself. He nodded, but who knows if he'll remember the next time. Liz immediately turned on the baby monitor in the kitchen. I'd been wondering why none of the ladies have been using it lately. I guess they were getting complacent (?). I just worry that Mom will someday actually succeed in getting out of bed and hurting herself when Dad is being "bad".
In my experience Mom trying to get herself out of bed to help him is very typical. It wouldn't suprise me if they both broke hips at the same time.
Meanwhile, Mary Liz and Tom, Saturday afternoon and evening Mary here progressively broke out with what looked something like reddish goosebumps or heat rash from head to toe, but it was non-itchy, not hurty, no fever, and not big ugly welts like hives. I used the ATM money to pay Jerry's Dad Kenneth, his brother Donnie, and a friend of theirs Marco to re-do my flower beds, wack hedges, plant stuff, etc. The yard looks really nice. Jerry worked too and I gave him a check for "plumbing" so he could use it for his business.
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