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In reply to the discussion: Update, about my mom. [View all]

AverageOldGuy

(1,606 posts)
21. Falls
Wed Apr 24, 2024, 12:42 AM
Apr 24

I'm very sorry to hear about your mother's accident and injury; she's probably in a lot of pain and is looking at a lengthy recovery. I know you, family, and friends will stay with her - she's going to need a lot of help.

I'm a long-time EMT on a volunteer rescue squad in a rural VA county.

37% of our county's population are over 65, most well over 65.

One-third of our calls are for falls and the patient is always over 65.

Nationwide, falls -- mostly in the home -- are the biggest cause of injury or death for people over 65.

When we go for a fall, we first check out the patient for broken bones, bleeding, and the like, then start treatment as required. The next step is to ask the patient "Why did you fall?" It's not unusual for a patient to respond negatively -- "Why do you need to know that?" BECAUSE: If you tripped over the cat and fell, or got your feet tangled up in a throw rug, that's one thing. But if you blacked out, don't remember falling, felt dizzy and waked up on the floor -- anything like that could mean you have something cerebral going on -- onset of a stroke; possible bleed in the brain (which can be fatal within minutes); or a similar dangerous condition. We need to know why you fell because the reason for the fall could point to a serious condition that needs immediate diagnosis and treatment.

Update, about my mom. [View all] imanamerican63 Apr 23 OP
I saw your initial post & have been thinking of you - TBF Apr 23 #1
I hope all goes well with her surgery. BlueKota Apr 23 #2
Thanks for the update. sheshe2 Apr 23 #3
I'm sorry about this situtation with your mom. It is much harder brer cat Apr 23 #4
thank goodness there is a speedy plan; this is great news. peacebuzzard Apr 23 #5
my great- aunt broke her hip in the bathroom, + was in the bathroom for hours. luckily we got there early. pansypoo53219 Apr 23 #6
I have an acquaintance in her 90s. shrike3 Apr 23 #7
Thank you Dear_Prudence Apr 23 #8
Thank you. Seeing your Mom in an ER bed is awful experience irisblue Apr 23 #9
Actually, I'm on the road, head'n for the St. Paul. imanamerican63 Apr 23 #12
Safe travels irisblue Apr 23 #13
My dear 85 year old (at the time) husband recovered very well from hip surgery after his fall. MLAA Apr 23 #10
Thanks for the update. Mr.Bill Apr 23 #11
You break a hip, you can't move Warpy Apr 23 #14
Thank you for the update. Sending good thoughts for a successful surgery and a rapid recovery for your Mom. LoisB Apr 23 #15
I hope she heals quickly from surgery. area51 Apr 23 #16
Fingers crossed n/t BaronChocula Apr 23 #17
May her Surgery & Recovery be successful! electric_blue68 Apr 24 #18
That sounds awful for her. Hoping the docs are able to get her sorted and she feels much better soon. Surgery is such mahina Apr 24 #19
safe travels. sending you and your mom light and love. nt orleans Apr 24 #20
Falls AverageOldGuy Apr 24 #21
Holding you both cilla4progress Apr 24 #22
Wishing her a successful surgery and a speedy recovery! calimary Apr 24 #23
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