June 27, 2011 10:09 PM Subscribe
Scenario: 77 year old mom had hip replaced last week. She has been doing well. Tonight, on the first night we left her to fend for herself, she decided to take her walker into the kitchen and return to bed with a plate of food. She fell. Landed on the new hip. Called me. Back now. Could use a sounding board....
posted by ecorrocio to health & fitness (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I know you can't diagnose anything.. I know YANMD..
She is able to walk on the leg in question without much pain, is resting comfortably in bed. Says it's really sore, but no sharp pain. I know it should probably have an xray. Question is: tonight? She's tired, and a trip to the ER would be really exhausting for her. It's 11pm... which means we'd be there well through the night. She had a rough time in hospital, and going back to the ER would be very difficult tonight.
Am I crazy in thinking if she's not in huge discomfort, and there are no signs of trauma, that this can wait until the a.m.? Anyone have a little ortho knowledge?