Good news to report: today mom gets her back surgery, a procedure called Kyphoplasty. Minimally invasive, it should immediately alleviate her pain from the fracture she sustained in a fall a couple of weeks ago.
What ticks me no end is, why didn't they do the procedure 2 weeks ago? Our family had to kick and scream and call, and call again, before doctors relented and agreed to go ahead. In the meantime, my mother has been in extreme pain, they have been paying for 24/7 in-home caregiving and their lives have been turned upside down. Dad has lost appreciable weight and is weary beyond belief.
Meanwhile, my ribs are still sore from the fall I took in our yard a week ago. They are likely to be sore for awhile, but as far as I know there are no broken or cracked ribs. I had an xray two days ago but no word from doc. I assume this means there wasn't anything extraordinary on the images, but really, am I safe assuming this?
Breathe. Ouch. Breathe. Ouch. Oh, and let's not even talk about the pain when I sneeze. Please.