I need both prayers and info re: a broken hip that hubby's aunt got when she tried to put down the throw rug in her kitchen and got tangled up in it instead. My hubby's family is just his 3 Aunties: the oldest is 87, HOH and retarded; then comes Hazel, 85, legally blind but living independant til this fall; and then the youngest, 76, who's had a mild stroke but won't tell her sisters (and she doesn't handle stress since the stroke.
Anyway, Hazel fell Monday about 7:30AM, and laid in the E.D. til a bed opened at 2PM. We waited at the hospital til 9PM when the doc finally told us she'd go to surgery the next day. I dropped the other 2 aunts off at their home, then rushed home and went to work that night.
She finally had surgery at 4PM Tues., they put in a plate and 7 screws and she can weight bear for transfer only for 6-8 weeks, then start gait training. So she will need to spent a good 2-4 months in a nursing home for rehab, etc.
The problem we are having is that she is confused and has even been quite combative off and on and I been spending most of my time at the hospital trying to help re-orient her. We thought it was the meds (she's been confused when she's had her gall bladder removed and for cataract surgery in the past); but now I'm not so sure-- she's still confused this AM in spite of not having had anything since 1 mg MSO4 at 5PM last evening. How much pain is she in? (I'm a CV-ICU nurse, I know nothing about hips and bones!) Beings she is already confused, will switching her from the hospital to a SNF make it worse? And the literature we were given about hip fractures said that the research shows a 10-27% mortality rate within 3 months post injury!!!!
Is this true? Isn't that really high? It also said that half of those who fracture their hips end up using canes or walkers to get around afterwards. We had hoped that Hazel would be able to return to her own place; but after reading that, I'm really depressed and wondering if there is any chance that she will be able to do that. And did she have a stroke along the way, or is this just a reaction to everything that has happened to her?
We are really close to these 3 Aunties and I'm afraid that if one goes, we may start to lose the other 2! I love these ladies dearly, and am very worried about Hazel. Any prayers and/or info would be greatly appreciated.