Thursday 22 December 2011

another family emergency

Yesterday, was my first day out if the house in nearly a week after having a respiratory tract infection. At around 9:30am, DD called me to say that SIL had fallen over in their local shopping centre. That's all the information I got before the ambulance arrived and SIL was taken off to hospital with what the paramedics believed was a broken ankle.

DD called me again about 10:00 to say she was home; a kind stranger had offered her and the Grandsons a lift. SIL drives a manual car but DD can only drive an automatic so the purpose of her call was not only to update me, but to ask me to pick up SIL's car from the shopping centre.

So, I drove the 15km (10 miles) to DD's house, put her and the Grandsons in my car and drove to the shopping centre. Upon arrival, DD jumped into the driver's seat and drove my car home while I collected SIL's car.

DD then hung a load of washing on the line and packed some things to come to my house for the day. We were no sooner all back in my car than SIL rang to say he had been released. I now had to drive the 25 km (15 miles) to the hospital to collect him. I took Older Grandson with me hoping he would fall asleep in the car but no such luck!

Fortunately, SIL was waiting outside the hospital entrance with crutches. I took him home and then brought DD and the Grandsons back here so that SIL could get some rest.

The good news is that the ankle is not broken but is badly sprained. The bad news is that it's his right ankle so he won't be able to drive for a few days and therefore won't be going back to work until after Christmas.

We pray that his employer decides that SIL is eligible for sick leave for this episode!


  1. Oh dear. As one with experience all this year with son's ankles, I know just how painful they can be. It may be that Nurofen is not enough. Not trying to give medical advice but son was given very heavy painkillers as he was told that pain relief aided healing by taking away the dealing with the pain.

    I had two who both slept in the car and one who would fall asleep after a very long drive as I turned the corner near home.

    Take care of yourself too, a relapse would be nasty and not helpful.

    Prayers for the whole situation.

  2. Oh dear! Glad that the ane wasn't broken. It does seem like you have been spending a lot of time driving lately. Hope he is on the mend soon.

  3. So many adventures! Glad you are feeling better!

  4. Oh wow, you did lots of driving today. Thank goodness nothing was broken but plenty of rest is needed to get that sprain better. I pray that it will be better soon and that your SIL manages to get some rest.

  5. Luckily you were feeling better and able to help. Hope you are not feeling too stressed out. Merry Christmas.

  6. Lynne,
    wishing you and susan and all the family a wonderful happy and accident free Christmas . May you all spend happy time together .

  7. Aiyiyi! What a bother! But, in the grand scheme of things a sprained ankle is such a small medical problem, it could have been so much worse!


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