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Title: A bad fall....
Post by: gmomjuju on February 21, 2013, 12:27:59 PM
I have not been on this forum since early January. My husband and I went on a 3 week trip to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. It was perfect and I felt perfectly fine. No aches or pains and I had tons of energy. We were on a grand total of 7 planes, a cruise ship and many buses. The day after we got back I got the flu. I had a high fever. Doctor gave me levaquin. On Feb 2 I got up to go to the potty. I was a little woozy. Went to kitchen to get some ice in my cup and got dizzy and fell flat on my butt. Took a ride in a the ambulance.

The ER checked me out and tried to do X-rays. I couldn't lay on my side so they sent me back for some pain meds. When they retried they only did one X-ray with my legs pulled up lying on my side (ouch). Within seconds they said no cracks. Sent me home with some tramadol. 

I saw my internist 3 days later. She re-did the X-rays. I had 2 cracks in my pelvis. Spent 2days in a different hospital. Orthopedic doc saw me for 2 minutes. Said no surgery just time to heal and that I needed to get out of the hospital before I got sicker!!!!

I started with home PT 2 days later. She ordered a hospital bed, bedside potty and a walker. I ditched the levaquin as I was breaking out in sweats and had dizziness. I learned how to get out of bed and walk with my walker. Exercises were added. When she started a more taxing one I found it very painful!!  When it occurs it feels like someone is sticking a knife in my left butt cheek!!

Yesterday I went back to my internist for follow up and repeat X-rays. Just getting on the xray table was excruciating. I wont even go into how hard it was to get from a sitting position to lying down on my back. Report back today says just minimal healing. I now have an appointment with an orthopedic doctor on Tuesday.

I have become a tv expert. I've been able to do a little knitting and a little reading. Thank God for my iPad.

Anyone have any ideas of other ideas to entertain me!!

Judy

Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: CMNK12 on February 21, 2013, 12:42:57 PM
Poor Judy! Sorry to hear all that. Yea TV does get tiring after a while. Could learn to make jewelry. Send the hubby out to get the supplies.
But on the bright side...at least you did get to on vacation.LOL Was it great?
Wishing you a speedy recovery. Take care. CK
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: Scottietottie on February 21, 2013, 06:19:26 PM
Oh Judy I really empathise. I had a fall last August and broke an arm and it hasn't healed properly. I've been sitting feeling sorry for myself but a pelvis must be a whole lot worse!

I slept in a chair from August to December - but at least I could sit! Day time TV sucks but I agree an iPad is a good distraction. I could just about cope with it but I couldn't use the lap top till recently. Way too slow with left hand only!

I hope you get some answers from the orthopedic doc. Sounds like your PT was started pretty promptly! (Maybe too soon)

Keep us posted.

Take care - Scottie  :)  (Takes the mind of the Sjogren's a bit - doesn''t it!)
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: gmomjuju on February 22, 2013, 01:14:56 PM
I really appreciate your replies. And Scottie, I've followed your posts about your arm. I wonder if maybe I should have chilled for awhile myself. I spend my time walking back and forth to the potty, to the recliner and I started eating at the table for dinner. I didn't realize how hard my seats were! Tonight I am taking a pillow!  The rest of my time is in the bed. I've made some progress with my knitting and learned how to DVR some of my favorite shows.

I told my husband last night that I can't believe I haven't started pulling my hair out yet.

CMNK12, my vacation was just awesome and has given me some vivid memories for my many idle moments!

Judy
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: Katybarstool on February 22, 2013, 01:21:19 PM
Judy, that sounds realy tough. Could the butt pain be coming from your hip? I know tht's where I get steroid shots when my hip is bad.

I think we need to organise a desert island for you and Scottie - just to chill and recover in a warm, peaceful climate.

Hugs
Kathyx
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: eija on February 22, 2013, 04:03:04 PM
Sorry about your pain, Judy :(


About what to do with your time - how about using your imagination and start writing something - a blog, poems, short stories... a book?  :D  Or maybe draw if you're that way talented?

Crossword puzzles. Jigsaw puzzles!
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: KarenR on February 23, 2013, 02:26:45 AM
In May I slipped coming in the front door with wet feet. Landed flat on my  bottom too. I fractured my tail bone. For the first week or so the pain was excrutiating no matter if I was sitting, standing, or laying down. There was no way I could sit at my table because the seats were wood. I spent about 6 weeks sitting on a pillow. It really helped. Taking ibuprofen every 6 hours helped too but I also used a frozen gel bag a lot in the first week.

Karen R
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: Slainte on February 23, 2013, 02:46:14 PM
Sometimes recorded books help pass the time. Especially when it's hard to position yourself for reading.  Bone pain is terrible. I hope you heal quickly
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: Luna on February 23, 2013, 09:25:01 PM
Dear Judy, Im so sorry to hear about his. You poor thing. That is just awful. I hope you start to heal faster.. sending hugs your way..

Luna
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: susanep on February 23, 2013, 10:47:33 PM
Judy sorry to hear about your fall. I am sure you had a wonderful trip. Did you take any pictures? If you did you could make a scrapbook.

susanep :)
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: Nancy60 on February 24, 2013, 07:49:31 PM
when I was recovering from back surgery (wasn't supposed to sit more than 30 minutes at a time) and couldn't lift over 10 pounds, I started watercoloring.  I could do it standing up, or during my sitting times, then I would lie down for awhile and listen to music or a movie.  I didn't have an iPad but wish I had one at the time.  It would have been ahelp.  I also made plans for what I wanted to do to the house and yard when I felt better. 

Nancy
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: gmomjuju on March 04, 2013, 06:43:25 AM
This recovery is going to be a long, long one.  Saw an orthopedic doc last week and I was able to see the fractures on the xrays on both sides of the pelvis. The walker is my best friend.  Now I know why people have those little baskets on their walkers.  You can't carry anything or you can't use your walker!!

We are looking for a place that has a heated indoor pool to do aquatic therapy. I don't go back to see the doc for 5 more weeks.

It is starting to get me down and my husband is getting weary. It is very taxing on him.

I will have PT at home for 3x @ week!

Let's just say that I am hanging in there!

Judy
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: Scottietottie on March 04, 2013, 11:29:06 AM
Hi Judy - I feel for you. Moving must be so uncomfortable and even shifting sitting position - and sitting in the first place!!  It is easy to slide into depression. All I can say is that if the depression gets a hold for heaven's sake tell your doctor about it.

I was reading up about all the things that can slow down bone knitting. Age, alcohol, prednisone, AI diseases, thyroxine and Ibuprofen can all make it difficult. I was mad when I read that. I was TOLD to take Ibuprofen in A&E (ER) because I refused morphine, codeine or tramadol. I took it for about the first 6 weeks I reckon.

Thinking of you. Take care - Scottie  :)
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: slccom on March 08, 2013, 08:46:41 PM
There are some really good cushions available at medical supply places that are supposed to help. Have you tried them?

I hope you heal properly, and quickly!
Hugs, Sharon
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: Suslew on March 08, 2013, 09:37:31 PM
Joe S mentioned a really comfy portable chair in a recent post (search recliner) you can pick it up at Costco -  not sure if it would help. 

I find sudoku extremely addicting....yep- I'm a nerd!

Wishing you the speediest of recoveries!
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: gmomjuju on March 10, 2013, 08:49:59 AM
Thanks for the cushion idea.  I sent my husband to the medical supply store on Saturday. They closed at noon.  You will be sure that I send him back there on Monday.

Thanks to all of you for your suggestions.

Judy
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: Joe S. on March 10, 2013, 09:06:33 AM
I have been reading on your progress. I did not break my pelvis but I did break my leg and hip. The Zero G recliner that I purchased was from the "relax your back" store. I saw similar ones at Costco and I have heard that you can find some at Walmart. I do not know what stores you have in your area. You may try purchasing it on line. I believe they are made somewhere in Asia. Until then your hospital bed or over stuffed recliner is your friend. My wife purchased an electric overstuffed recliner for me when I got out of the nursing home. I spend most days and nights in it. I use my Zero-G when I stay in a hotel so I do not have to sleep on the uncomfortable beds. If I need to lay on my side I move to the overstuffed couch.

I have used a recliner and couch for sleeping since my back was severely injured in an auto accident.
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: gmomjuju on March 16, 2013, 02:21:12 PM
Update....


Today is the 6th week anniversary of my fall!


I wish I could tell you that I am walking, but I'm not. My walker is mode of transport. I have one more week of home PT. then I am supposed to start aquatic therapy.

I don't return to the orthopedic doctor's until April 9th. He will then re-X-ray to see if there has been any healing. Hopefully I will graduate to a cane. I guess my next step is a cane??

I got a basket for my walker. However, today I refilled my cup with ice water and put it in my little cup holder. Then I put too many newspapers in the basket. When I sat down the basket fell over and the water went everywhere!!

My daughter brought one of my grandsons down this afternoon. If laughter is good for the soul, my soul is overflowing. It was a great visit.

Scottie, I can't imagine how long this ordeal has been for you. Hopefully there is light at the end of your tunnel. I hope your next procedure is the answer.

Judy
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: Scottietottie on March 17, 2013, 01:21:37 PM
Hi Judy  :)

I think aquatic therapy sounds good but I would want to know that a fair degree of healing had taken place first!!  It was my physio who eventually looked at my x-rays because I was finding things so difficult and decided I should not be doing the therapy at all. She really pushed for this to get fixed which will hopefully happen at the end of this week.

You may progress from a walker to elbow crutches. I personally found them - or even one of them - more stable than a cane.

I read up a bit about the op I will be having and it says that some people feel the need to use a cane after the graft is taken from the hip. How that works with a broken arm I will have to wait and see!

It's been nearly 7 months now and I have got to the stage that a lot of the time it doesn't hurt - it just doesn't work. Not looking forward to going back into hurt mode but am determined to end up with a working arm and hand!!

Hang in there - take care - Scottie  :)
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: Momedic on April 02, 2013, 02:45:56 PM
So sorry to hear of your fall! But, I am really happy that you were back home before it happened! 
Have you tried the donut pillows? They are very good for pelvic/tailbone fractures. Just a thought.
Here's hoping you fast healing! Sending you positive thoughts and lots of prayers!
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: reesatay on April 02, 2013, 03:18:06 PM
You might want to try a tempurpedic type pillow or mattress topper to sit on.  Also ask your PT person if a support belt will help stabilize your pelvis while you heal so you have less pain.   Hang in there and make note of each improvement because it helps to look back and see how far you have come in your healing when you get discouraged. 
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: Cassi307 on April 02, 2013, 04:03:27 PM
Judy, I envy your vacation! You have to watch out for Levaquin. I had a severe reaction to that and wound up in the emergency room. I was dizzy with my head on the pillow and developed chest pain. You probably have a sensitivity to drugs in the quinolone family and maybe you should make a note in your medical files about this. My rheum would not order cipro for me because of this.
I hope that your recovery is going well right now.
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: Joe S. on April 02, 2013, 07:23:00 PM
gmomjuju, I am a year out from my fall. The Dr says it is healed. It still hurts a heck of a lot. I am in additional therapy for my heart but I am using that to work on my leg also.
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: gmomjuju on April 03, 2013, 06:26:54 AM
Thanks all for the additional replies.  I did get a special cushion, no doughnut hole but a split in the back for your butt cheeks!  Sitting for a long time is difficult.

I finished the home PT last week. I started aquatic therapy with a PT yesterday for an hour. Very little pain but it whipped my butt. Water and air temp in the 90's!  I came home and took quite a nap. I am scheduled to go 2X @ week until first of May if necessary.

 Last night I slept in our bed and not the hospital bed. The home therapist said to sleep in it for 3 nights before calling to have it picked up. I did sleep last night just fine!

I see the orthopedic doctor on 4/9.  Anxiously awaiting new xrays to see about healing. Then I can start on a cane! I can take a few steps but it is very scary to me. The walker is just a crutch right now. My basket allows me to carry things from one room to another.

One of my daughters set me up on Pinterest over the Easter holiday.  I wish I had that during the beginning of this ordeal.  I am now truly addicted to it and it is a wonderful if you have time on your hands.  I even have a board for Sjodgren's items!!!

Judy
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: gmomjuju on April 10, 2013, 07:32:32 AM
There is light at the end of the tunnel...

I started the aquatic therapy last week and it is awesome!

Yesterday I saw the orthopedic doctor and was re-xrayed.  There is HEALING and he wants me to ditch the walker and walk.  He also wants me to find a place to walk (and it might be in one of area malls that is open before the stores open).  I also found out that not only did I have 2 fractures in the pelvis - but the sacrum.  No wonder I had trouble sitting...

So...in celebration I am DRIVING to the Dollar Store! (with my cane)

Judy
Title: Re: A bad fall....
Post by: slccom on April 10, 2013, 09:58:56 PM
There is light at the end of the tunnel...

I started the aquatic therapy last week and it is awesome!

Yesterday I saw the orthopedic doctor and was re-xrayed.  There is HEALING and he wants me to ditch the walker and walk.  He also wants me to find a place to walk (and it might be in one of area malls that is open before the stores open).  I also found out that not only did I have 2 fractures in the pelvis - but the sacrum.  No wonder I had trouble sitting...

So...in celebration I am DRIVING to the Dollar Store! (with my cane)

Congratulations! May your healing continue and be complete and rapid!
Sharon

Judy