Sunday, 14 April 2013

Good Ol' Nan.......86 years old

Yep, that's what my girl always say when Nan gets herself into a predicament. Good Ol' Nan. School holidays very rarely go by without Nan doing something interesting and just when we thought not this time, well lets just say nan did not let us down. We were all at Highpoint shopping centre, at least 35 minutes from home, when I missed a call from Nan, we tried to call her back several times but got the engaged signal. Nan has not hung the phone up properly again, so we keep trying over the next half an hour, eventually Nan calls back.  I' ve had a bit of an accident in the garden, " I've stuffed my hand I think". Okay I am on my way but I will be about 35 minutes is that ok, yep was the answer. Now DD14 was in movies at a birthday party and luckily DD22 and I had just had lunch with her girlfriend who then drove me home so that DD22 could wait for her sister. I arrive at my mother's and followed the trail of blood, only to find her sitting at the table with a blood soaked towel around her foot. When I said " I thought you hurt your hand" Nan replied " well first I put the garden fork through my foot then I fell over getting out of the garden bed, bugger it". All I could do was laugh, as I checked to make sure the bleeding had stopped and looked at her wrist, it was fractured. She said " what now" well we are off to hospital because your wrist is fractured, "are you sure". I think after 30 years nursing I know what a fractured wrist looks like. Her hand was at a very strange angle and swelling before my eyes and as she was complaining that she could not hold her pen to do a puzzle while waiting for me, it's a bit sore. So I go round up all the things I need to take with her , but then she is gone, as I look around I see her through the window standing at the car door. She even had put her shoe back on. I just shook my head and laughed, tough old buzzard this one. Anyway got to the hospital walked in on the foot she had stabbed, still waving her hand around as she answered questions, the nurses and Doctors were just shaking their heads saying this generation is tough. Eventually we convinced her that she needed some pain relief before X-rays and plastering along with Tetanus shot and wound cleaning. But then came the best part we went to the plaster room and I said to the Doctor can I just see if my DD22 has arrived as she is a student nurse and would like to see the plastering. Dr said " sure if she likes she can do it I'll teach her". Thankfully DD's had arrived and there was a great squeal of delight about palstering her Nan's wrist. So the lesson began, alignment of wrist acheived then plaster applied and plaster observations explained. Result very happy Grand mother and Grand daughter. Who knew that Nan's unlucky break would result in a lucky break for DD22.

Isn't it great when you find nurses and doctors willing to share their knowledge and encourage the next generation of health professionals

It will take Nan a while to live this one down.

1 comment:

  1. So glad Nan is okay... what a great story you told.... and well done DD2...