Friday, June 1, 2007

It's always something (as Gilda Radner said)

I spent last night at the cabin.  Cliff called my cell phone around 9 o'clock and said, "I have some bad news."  My heart flip-flopped.

"Jim (our son) wrecked on his motorcycle in a parking lot and broke his leg; they think that's all, but they're going to do a cat scan and some other tests."

Well, I was relieved, honestly.  Jim survived a broken leg before when he was nine years old.  That involved a motorcycle too, a Honda 70.  Broken legs heal.

This morning I called Deb, Jim's wife, and found out a little more.  Then Rachel and I went shopping, and when we got back, Cliff was on the phone talking to Jim.  Then I had a turn talking to him.  He sounds just fine, except for some slight slurring of words as a result of the morphine.

It was a compound fracture, so they're watching for infection.  Tomorrow he'll have surgery.  The bone is broken in three places.  He'll have some sort of open cast to keep it immobile for four weeks, then he'll be looking at six weeks of therapy.  Bummer.  But still, it's just a broken leg; his head is intact.

Prayers and good thoughts would be appreciated.

When Rachel and I came home, Cliff looked rather pale.  When he got done talking to Jim, he went and laid down on the couch, not something he'd ever do under normal circumstances.  I'd heard him tell Jim he had some stomach pain.  I began quizzing him and found out the pain had almost doubled him over.  You can imagine, I'm thinking heart issues, since he'd thought his angina was indigestion, back before his surgery.  He also mentioned he's been having slight stomach pain over the past couple of weeks, although it's in a different area than his angina pain was.

I got on the hot line to his cardiologist and talked to the nurse at the office.  She said, "Any time he's having pain that doubles him over, he should go straight to an emergency room, no matter what the cause; and he needs to see his family physician, so he can determine if we should have a look at him."

Well, the pain has passed, so I don't think I'll get him into an emergency room; he was peeved that I called the doctor!  But I've scheduled an appointment with our family doctor for Monday.

Prayers and good thoughts would be appreciated.

18 comments:

sangrialel said...

I will make sure to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.  Linda

siennastarr said...

I am relieved that Jim will be fine.. however, I will keep him in my prayers, that all goes well with the surgery and his recuperation.

As for Cliff...  well.. now I'M worried!  I feel like I know that man, just from reading your journal, and it's like you are part of my family.  I'm serious when I say this.  I would absolutely be devastated if anything happened to you or Cliff.  I'm glad that he has an appointment to see the doctor.  Please keep us infomed, Donna.. and I will be praying fervantly that his pain is nothing serious.

Hugs and love
Jackie

mutualaide said...

Good thoughts, sincere prayers, and wishes for a speedy recovery to Jim and a healthy Cliff going your way.  

madcobug said...

Prayers are going up for your son and Cliff. You are included also. I know how worried you must be. Helen

ksquester said...

Thoughts are prayers are headed your way.  You are a very WISE woman Mo. Men think that if pain passes then it never happened.  WRONG!   Glad your son is going to be OK too.   Anne

heyuno said...

you tell Pop's, that the kids only have 1 grandpa. Get his ass to see Dr on Monday.

marainey1 said...

I too would advise seeing the doctor.   I thought my DDH upset stomach was gas, instead not 20 minutes later, he was gone.  There is never a dull moment it seems...my youngest broke or sprained his ankle yesterday.  He's to have a MRI today.  May our dear Lord bless your son and Cliff with healing and guide the doctors caring for them.  'On Ya'- ma

lonamay said...

I was so sorry to read about your son and pray his surgery goes well and his leg heals totally,, concerned for cliff also... will keep you all in my prayers....

countrylady4071 said...

I'm sorry to hear about your son's motorcycle accident.  I will keep him in my prayers.  I will also keep Cliff in my prayers too.  I'm glad you called the doctor.  All men must be the same about calling doctors...Take care of yourself, and have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Pat

deshelestraci said...

It IS always something!  Hoping and praying that all works out for the best.  I am glad that Jim is for the most part ok.
Traci

tendernoggle said...

Mosie, you know that I love you and I am praying for you all right now....Just handg in there and make sure that CLiff DOES go to the doctor MOnday.
God bless you all,
love ya,
carlene

bnanajm said...

You know you always have my prayers.  I'll pray for both of your guys.

Love,

Joanna

ora4uk said...

Tough times for the family just now....prayers for your son's complete healing are on the way already....and so thankful you went ahead and made the appt for Cliff....better safe than sorry....hope he does well over the week end.....God Bless...Hugs Ora of KY

rooster1614 said...

I will be praying for Cliff & Jim...please keep us posted about them both.  

gardone1 said...

HI MOSIE JUST A SHORT NOTE TO LET YOU KNOW I AM SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR SON AND MY PRAYERS ARE WITH HIM AND ALL OF YOU ALSO PLEASE KNOW THAT I HAVE ASKED OTHERS TO PRAY FOR HIM HERE IN NEW YORK :0)SO PEACE BE WITH ALL OF YOU                                             MARIA :0)

gardone1 said...

MOSIE SO SORRY I MENT TO ALSO MENTION CLIFF PRAYERS ARE FOR HIM ALSO GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU                    MARIA

lanurseprn said...

Catching up here. I hope Jim is doing ok now.  And I'm so glad you called the Doc about Cliff. Pain is a warning sign. What is it with men? They think they can just "ride it out" and everything will be fine. Hopefully, it's just indigestion or gas...and NOT Cardiac related.
Keep us posted and I will keep your family in my prayers.
Pam

jawojnar said...

I wasn't getting your alerts...trying to get caught up.
June