Jamie, who is home for spring break, gave me a back rub, which helped a lot, so we grabbed my laptop, the djembe and headed to church. Tyler got the drum in time, I printed the skit off at church, and I moved verrrry carefully (and stiffly) so I wouldn't make my back worse. Thankfully the skit was read from behind the curtain in the overflow, so I didn't look like a crippled Eve (Tyler was Adam).
Later that afternoon, we got a call that Ken's mom had fallen and was at the hospital. It was bad. She broke the ball joint in her hip, which will be replaced today. She fell on cement outside, but managed to drag herself to the back door. How she got it open, I don't know, but she was able to drag herself partway inside. The landing area is tiny and she couldn't get all the way in, so she laid there with her legs partway out the door for six hours in freezing temperatures.
The most awful part of this is that she has a lifeline medical alert necklace, but wouldn't wear it. She keeps it in her nightstand. My mother-in-law is a very wonderful, sweet and loving woman. But she is also proud and independent. I completely understand because I'm the same way.
It just breaks my heart that she laid there suffering in extreme pain and freezing for 6 hours, when she could have just pushed a button and help would have been there within minutes. Of course now she wishes she had been wearing it.
The point I want to make is that my mother-in-law is lucky to be alive. Some of you may have a loved one who has a lifeline necklace, but won't wear it. They think it won't happen to them. Growing older is hard. It's not for sissies. Many older people suffer with pain that they rarely, if ever, express. They are strong. They don't want to appear weak, and I totally get that. But they often live alone and bad things happen to even the strongest among us. It doesn't make one weak to take precautions.
Every time I get in the car, I fasten my seat belt. When it's freezing cold out and we get the kind of snow we got last week, I make sure we all have hat, mittens, boots and a warm coat in the van before we go anywhere, in case we slide off the road. I'm taking precautions. Does that make me weak? Of course not.
Source - Our back porch!
Do you have a loved one who won't wear their Lifeline? Print this off and ask them to read it. If it changes just one persons mind it will be worth it.