Oh My … What Next?

The past two week have been … challenging. I’m too tired to go into details, but basically, I’m back into caregiver mode.

It’s nothing terribly dramatic; on February 4th, Jer fell on the ice during a curling practice and broke his right leg. More precisely; he broke both of the bones of his lower right leg.

Being idjit men 😏, Jer and his curling friends decided they should just bring Jerry home, thinking it was a sprain or something. I can’t imagine the pain involved in carrying him out to a car, driving from Palmer to our home in Wasilla and then carrying him into the house.

Hey, in the moment, they (including Jer) thought they were doing the right thing. We elevated his leg, put ice packs on it, and he spent a painful night in the recliner since there was no way we could get him upstairs.

Early the next morning, we ended up calling 911 and sending Jer off to the emergency room – this was obviously more than a sprain, and I couldn’t physically help him.

It turned out he has a posterior tibial plateau fracture, a non-displaced fracture of the shaft of the right fibula and a fibular head fracture. Three fractures in one fall. Two are right at the top of the bones, where they connect with the knee.

They took X-rays and a CAT scan, then sent him home with his leg in a big full-leg immobilizer brace and orders for total non-weight-bearing. Even the smallest amount of weight on the leg could cause displacement of one or more of these fractures, sending him to surgery.

We ended up having to order a non-emergency medical transport to bring him home. The brace on his leg wouldn’t fit in the car and he was too weak and in pain to hop on one leg with crutches, so we couldn’t even attempt a back-seat transfer. I wouldn’t have been able to get him up the steps and into the house anyway. I sure hope insurance covers that ride home.

Then the problems really started.

I’ll update as things settle into a routine here. Although there have been some seemingly insurmountable obstacles, so far we have muddled through, taking one day at a time.

Baxter and Rhonda have been taking turns carefully curling against Jer’s good leg, sending him all the healing vibes their warm little bodies can impart.

Published by 2dachsnite

I’m a RV Sometimer (less than full time, but more than a weekend warrior) living in Alaska, with dreams of seeing the country in my RV. I am 70 years old and married, but my husband isn’t a fan of RV travel, so my journeys are mostly solo except for my navigators; dachshunds Baxter & Rhonda. I’m also a spinner of tales - and a spinner of yarn (my other passion). My spinning wheel, along with the dogs, go along on all my travels. I look forward to sharing my stories, including photos and videos, with you.

3 thoughts on “Oh My … What Next?

  1. I can’t even imagine what you are going through. Prayers that he behaves and ends up with a complete recovery, and that you also make it through! It may be worse on you than him! ♥ Love and hugs…


  2. Oh De! Know that I’m praying for Jerry as he recovers but also that the Lord will give you strength and wisdom in each new day as you care for him. I’m glad you have Rhonda to bring you laughter and that Jerry has Baxter to keep him company as he is immobilized.

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