Saturday, September 29, 2012

Your life can change in an instant.

Yesterday evening we were having dinner at a friend’s campsite in this RV Park.  Rosie was going up the stairs to enter their fifth wheel when she (apparently) blacked out and fell over backwards falling to the ground, but must have hit her back on the bottom step of the 3 steps going up into the RV.  I called 911 and paramedics were on the scene in about 4 minutes.  They transported her to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center here in Idaho Falls.  After CAT scans and X-Rays we learned she had six broken ribs and two broken vertebrae.  The tips of the vertebrae were broken so the spinal column was not affected.  She is not paralyzed, nor are the injuries life threatening.  She is in a lot of pain and was admitted to the hospital for pain control and observation.  We do not know how long she will be in the hospital.

If there is a “good news” side to this story, it is that it happened last night at this campground instead of sometime next week when we would have been in a very remote location in eastern Oregon where Emergency Response would have been longer and the quality of medical services might not have been so great.   She might have had to be air lifted from such a location.

Our plans to visit the Oregon Coast are on hold until she is well enough to travel.  It may be months before these injuries will heal.

This scenario is something all full timers must keep in the back of their minds.  The simple act of walking up the steps of a fifth wheel can have tragic results.  We are grateful the injuries were not worse.

I will post an update in a few days.

30 comments:

BJ said...

So sorry to hear this. Prayers are going up for Rosie.

Merikay said...

My thoughts are with both of you! I'm glad her injuries are not life threatening. Yes we should all think about what we might have to face if we are in a remote area, but it can't keep us from following our hearts.

My sister in law suffers daily pain from an injury she had as the result of a fall in her own home .
Bad things can happen anywhere.

Keep us posted and tell Rosie many people have her in their hearts.

DNPC said...

Please know that Rosie is in our thoughts - hopefully she'll be up and around soon. We're so sorry to hear of this....please keep us posted on her recovery.

Laurie and George said...

Oh my..our prayers are with you and Rosie. Healing for her, and peace and rest for you.

Jim Sathe said...

Just came back from the hospital. Rosie is improved; able to hold down food and stood up for the first time. I am encouraged.

Anonymous said...

Please know of our fervent prayers for both of you! We were heartsick when you told us the news this morning. Been praying all day. Great news that our girl was up & able to take nourishment. It will help her body heal. Hang in there & know you are being lifted up to the Lord. Ours is a God Who hears & heals. julie & Gary

kcgaz said...

Sorry to hear about the fall, Rosie is in our thoughts and prayers for a quick and complete healing!

TravelBug-Susan said...

My deepest sympathies to Rosie and to you. This affects you both. So happy help was close by.

My heart goes out to you both because I just fell on my face a week ago Friday. See: http://travelbug-susan.blogspot.com/2012/09/i-broke-my-face-fri-sep-21.html

It was a normal walk in downtown Corpus Christi. I've been walking for 59 years. Complete accident. I tripped on a curb, I think.

Monday we're going back to Corpus Christi for a followup exam with my maxillofacial surgeon. I'm going to take a picture where I fell. I want to see what I tripped over.

And you're right...Your life can change in an instant. I hope you have medical insurance. We don't.

Please keep in touch and know you're in my thoughts.

P.S. Another blogger friend fell a couple of days ago when she was out to dinner with friends at a Chinese buffet. Apparently someone lost a stuffed mushroom off their plate and her foot found it...her feet flew out from under her and she went down in a heap. She suffered a broken hand.

Please take care. Much healing love your way, even though we've never met.

Susan

Jim Sathe said...

Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers. Rosie is much improved today (Sunday the 30th). She has less pain and is holding down food.

Susan, so sorry to hear about your injury. We wish you a speedy recovery. To answer your comment about insurance, we are grateful to have Medicare and AARP supplemental insurance. Cannot imagine the bearing the cost out of our own funds.

Anonymous said...

We are much relieved that Rosie has less pain & able to keep her food down. Both things we have prayed for & her continued recovery. She was so active & healthy before the accid. That has to account for something. You are both so dear & we are grateful we met you. Appreciate your updates so much as you are both on our hearts. Please give Rosie a hug from us. Blessings, julie & Gary

Cj Cozygirl said...

Hoping Rosie heals fast...ribs are so painful! My heart goes out to her! Glad help was close!

Bill said...

We are so sorry to hear this news. Rosie and you will be in our prayers. Get well soon, Rosie!

Jim Sathe said...

Thanks again to all of you for your outpouring of care and concern. Your good wishes and prayers are much appreciated. Rosie had a tough time this evening with the pain level coming back with a vengeance and a return of nausea and lost appetite. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. I extended our stay at this RV Park for a month and moved to a full hookup site.

Marsha & Joe campers4lifex2 said...

Praying for fast and full recovery.

Anonymous said...

Praying for Rosie's tummy to settle & for God's tender healing touch. Also praying that those caring for our sweet Rosie are tender, gentle & that they find exactly the right combo of treatment to ease her discomfort & that you both will be encouraged. God loves you so much! We are grateful He is watching over you both. julie & Gary

Bill said...

We are all eager to hear how Rosie (and you) are doing. Post an update for us when you get a chance.

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