My phone started ringing at 6:45 AM yesterday and I thought to myself, this cannot be a good sign, but it was just my DIL telling me David would stop by and leave off Miss V's medication after he dropped her off at school. I thought wow that was sure a relief. Nothing to worry about there. My relief, didn't last very long. The next phone call I received was a call from the hospital emergency room doctor looking for my son. I thought Kathy had been in a car accident and all kinds of things ran through my mind in the space of a few seconds. They told me that she had fallen down the steps at work. I told them he was due to be at my house in a few minutes and I would relay the message. As it seems DIL got to work a little early so she was in the employee lounge waiting for time for her shift. She started down the steps to the time clock and fell. She broke 3 bones in her ankle completely in half and broke her heel. She had to have emergency surgery. They were able to repair part of the bone by putting in a permanent plate, but was unable to put a plate in another area as it would stop the blood flow. They had to put a brace on the outside of her ankle with screws going from it into the bone to help pull the bones together and there has been nerve damage, but they won't know the severity of it until later. The doctors told us that Kathy would go through hell over the next 2 months so to be very patient with her. She will also have to have surgery again to have the brace and screws removed. She will need total care for the next 2 months. I am hoping she will make the decision to stay with us during the day at least so we can take care of her and then David can watch her at night.
As I sat at the hospital with my son I felt so helpless as to know what to do to alleviate his anxiety. I have never seen such a look of despair on any one's face in my life, but it was at that moment, I realized my son truly loves his wife and he would be so lost without her. In spite of all that has happened and all that we must go through yet, God has been so good to us. It could have been so much worse and it could have been her right foot instead of her left, which means at some point she will be able to drive while she is still healing. He also gave the doctors the skill to know how to put her ankle back in place and I am assured that He will keep her in His loving embrace while she is healing.
Poor Miss V doesn't know what to think. Last night when I was putting her to bed she said her prayers and a special prayer for her mommy. She was up since 3 this morning worrying about her mom. I sat in the rocking chair holding her and talking to her about her mom and how she could be a big girl and ways she could help her mom when she comes home from the hospital. She finally fell back asleep a half an hour ago.
If I am not around much for the next few months, I hope you understand I will be reading your blogs, just won't have a lot of time to post. You all will be helping me keep my sanity. Thanks for listening to me vent!