Thursday, October 7, 2010

Slip, Boom, WAAAH!

Breaking a hip is no laughing matter, but at least I was able to entertain Baby Joseph with a recounting of my slip and fall. "Aachan fell down and went BOOM. And then she went WAAH!" He giggled with delight each time I told the tale and then did his own WAAH imitation.

Yesterday morning I fell victim to a slippery hardwood floor. I went down faster than a slapstick comedian slipping on a banana peel and hit the floor with full force. I cried out in pain and then cried out for help because I couldn't put any weight on my right leg.

Lucky for me, two friends were on hand to hoist me up and escort me to my bed. I assumed that I'd just bruised the hip, but, an hour later, I was still in excruciating pain. A trip to urgent care and an x-ray revealed that I'd broken the bone. Now I'm at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, waiting for a 5:30 pm surgery to put pins in the hip.

I'll be here for four or five days and then will work on rehabilitation. I'm considered young for a broken hip, so the surgeon thinks that will work in my favor. Nonetheless, it will take at least six weeks to recover. Six weeks of maneuvering the stairs in our two-story house. Six weeks of depending on others to drive me. Six weeks of work in physical therapy.

All together now: WAAH!


Ann said...

Oh Susan! I am so sorry to hear this! You're far too young for all of the stupid calamities that insist upon singling you out for attention. Sending hugs.

Becky Smith said...

Ouch! And Double Waaah! And Ooooh!

NOT a fun way to spend 6 weeks. But on the bright side? Maybe the lack of activity will cause the calories to build up and you'll find that weight you've been looking for.

Sympathy and hugs heading your way,

Ronni Gordon said...


Sorry to hear about your fall. Sending you wishes for a speedy recovery.

Petrea Burchard said...

Oh my god! Just what you need, eh? I'm so sorry.

You have my number. I can help out. But I don't think you should do too much running around. Sleep on the main floor. Avoid the stairs, for heaven's sake. Lie low and heal, young lady!

lisa adams said...

I went straight from Ann's blog to yours and am so sorry that "it's always something" yet again for both of you. It is a big fear of mine to break a hip after falling and breaking 2 ribs last year. I will be reading your updates and hope that surgery and rehab will go the best they can after such a freak accident. Take care.

susiegb said...

Oh, pooh to that Susan! So sorry this happened ... But it will pass, I promise!
Hugs from Bali!

Idelle Davidson said...

Oh, man, Susan! Sorry to hear that but I know you'll be back on your feet (hips) in no time! Love and hugs.

Anonymous said...

Susan, so sorry and shocked to hear this! I hope you recover fast and back to tasting good food at interesting restaurants. So sorry!

Lisa C.

Marc said...

WOW! After not posting for almost a month and a half this is what we get.

That may even be worse than my experiences on my trip back east for Edie's 40th high school reunion.

A broken hip doesn't sound like any fun at all.

Get well soon!

Susan C said...

Thanks, everyone, for you well wishes and support.