In September 2007 my mom feel down their spiral staircase, shattering her hand. The doctor said he had never seen such a break. Needless to say she required surgery and was out of commission for close to a year. She still does not have full range of motion back.
The day after Christmas my 80 year old grandmother fell and broke her back. She didn't tell any of us for a couple of days and so before we insisted she see a doctor she walked around for two days causing further damage. She is now cooped up at home and barely able to move.
My father began his 4 year appointment in DC this week. He left Saturday with my mom to follow in a few weeks. Sunday my mom is moving things outside, trips, falls, breaks her foot in three places. She is having surgery Monday, will be in a cast for 12 weeks, then will undergo a second surgery followed by more time in a cast. She, too, is cooped up at home and unable to move.
Seriously? What's next? I will say this. When people in my family decide to do something, we go big. Even when breaking bones there is no half-assing it.