Saturday I get this call from my husband telling me I mustn't panic, he just broke his leg and was on the way to the hospital! *mustn't panic* sure!!
The story is that he went out for a bit of fun with the guys Saturday afternoon. He has this thing called a rhino. It is a like a 4 x 4 golf cart(see a pic of it here) with big wheels and a extension on the back like a pick-up truck. He bought it for work as he does electric fencing and they do big jobs that require they go over rocky, and rough terrain. Anyway....they took it out to play in some sand-dunes. Know what my last words to him before he left ?? "Be careful!"
So...what happened is that they were actually ready to come home and were packing up and decided to have one more ride. He was driving. It is a left hand drive. So he took a corner and it started to tip and he stuck his leg out (instinctive, I have done this too!) and it tipped right over and fell on him. He said he looked down and his leg was gone-it was bent from the thigh backwards- behind him. OUCH.
So his friends lifted the rhino off him and had to transport him back on it to the vehicle and then to the nearest hospital (which unfortunately is 40min drive from here! been driving through every day)
That was Saturday evening. I went through with the kids immediately and he was in traction and on a drip when I got there. In a lot of pain.
Sunday morning they operated. They put a titanium rod right through the bone. The long femur was broken clean off-snapped in half . I saw the x-rays, quite something. The pin is as long as the length of the whole thigh. from the hip to the just above the knee. he has two long 10cm cuts on this left leg. Anyway he is at right now -came back this afternoon. In crutches (no cast) for 6 weeks..
Wish me luck guys, I am sure I will be playing house nurse for a while....
I am just glad to have him home!
He was sharing a ward with 4 other men all much worse off than him. Two had each had 9 operations before. One guy each time on his back-totally immobile, the other a guy in his 20's-on his foot and the last man must of been in his late 70's-fell off a ladder and broke his pelvis and has leukemia. His poor wife who sat and cried next to his bed side. My heart bled for her. My husband was saying how guilty he felt being checked out. Two of those men will be there for another 2 months still. Life is sad...