On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Watch Your Step


A few weeks ago, one of our dear friends got up from the table at a local bakery/cafe not realizing the floor had been freshly mopped! Before she knew it, she fell breaking her left wrist and her right leg. Did anyone come to her aid? Only her husband, who was with her. Wouldn't you think the employees and/or the manager should have come running out to help or, at the very least, express their concern?

She is now in a wheelchair for 12 weeks and, because she is left-handed and the broken leg is her right leg (and must be kept straight out for all 12 weeks), it makes most everything she needs or wants to do almost impossible. She is trying to write with her right hand and maneuver the wheelchair with her right arm. All the normal routines we take so for granted have now become complicated because of her slip  that day. But bless her heart, she has a great attitude about it. And her husband has been fantastic!

Doesn't she look great!

Bella takes good care of her, too.

Another incident that recently happened was that the daughter of one of our friends fell off a step and shattered her ankle. Surgery was necessary and all this is especially tricky and costly for her as she is a corporate executive and this is really going to mess with her for quite a while.

So, these are two of the reasons we have been more aware of and reminding each other to be especially careful going up and down stairs, getting out of the tub, etc.

Young or old, and all the rest of us,
you know that a fall can be very hazardous.
Funny now, but not then, many years ago I fell off a curb while we were in Greece, and poor DH had to carry me all the way back to the ship.  It's nice that he was younger and stronger and I was younger and lighter. Strangely enough, the ship doctor only had one of those boots left for a sprained ankle because three other women had also fallen during this trip.
It always seems to "fall" to DH to carry the injured because a different time, he had to carry one of the ladies from our group down from En Gedi in Israel. Poor DH.

Yesterday, our youngest grandson (almost 2 years old) Jack, crawled up on the piano bench to play at the piano. That piano has been of great fascination for every one of our grandkids and I encourage it. They love "playing" on it. And I'm using the term loosely. ;-)

While he was playing, he moved suddenly (as 2 year olds are prone to do), and the piano bench tipped with him. Aaaauuugggh! He was hanging onto the piano with his little hands and his body was stretched across the bench with his legs dangling in the air! This all happened in a split second and both of us jumped out of our chairs to grab him! (Due to the urgency of the situation, I failed to snap a photo!)

Guess who tripped and fell across the room? Moi! Jack managed to hang on to the piano while looking at me in surprise and DH ran to my rescue. Ouch! That hurt, but thank You God, I was on the carpet instead of the hardwood or tile floor and nothing was broken.

Do you see a pattern here? All of the falls described have been ladies!!
Even Jack was able to hold on and not fall.
DH made it across the room without falling!

Watch your step!
and I'm not kidding.


Susie said...

Nonnie, After doing a triple axle into the splits once. I can scoot my feet when I have too. Yes, I broke my leg doing that. I was really running on snow that had fallen over ice. I tell my friends, just always be aware in winter time ...even a thin glaze of frost can cause a slip. Glad you and Jack are okay. xoxo,Susie

yaya said...

As a surgery worker I'm always amazed how the elderly pick the snowiest, iciest, or windiest day to go and fetch the mail! You can guess the outcomes of those trips...speaking of tripping, my good buddy Donna (I've blogged about her breast cancer), was working in surgery on Wed. and slipped and tore muscles in her leg..very bad sprain. She then fell again at home! Crazy! Please stay safe and in one piece!

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

I hear you, girl, and I am paying attention! :)

nancygrayce said...

I know what you are talking about, I fall all the time!

Chatty Crone said...

You know why - because we are thinking of the next thing to do - I hope the businesses took responsibility.

Shelly said...

My goodness- that really does give me pause to slow down and be more careful. Your friend with the broken wrist and leg certainly has a good attitude and a great smile about it all~

Sweet Tea said...

When one gets "of a certain age" falling becomes something to definitely be avoided. Being "vertically challenged" I am accustomed to crawling onto cabinets to reach things on top shelves, but I've began to go for my step-ladder these days and forego all the climbing, so I know what you're talking about. So glad no one was hurt when the piano bench tumped (is that a word?). Hope your friends recover quickly and are soon up and about.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

that is odd - so the restaurant never did anything at all? there was not a sign saying floor cleaning going on? or maybe there was a spill or something? i don't get that. that sounds fishy??!

i wish her a very speedy recovery. that is so heartbreaking. is it something that will heal fast? ( :

Laney G said...

Dang....sorry about that. I'm left handed and i hope nothing like that every happens to me b/c I will be lost. I do everything left handed. as for the restaurant...couldnt they sue or something. Shows right there their customers dont mean squat to them and that's a crying shame. I'd write a letter to the editor of the local paper there in her town and let it be known what happened and what kind of business they really are. they should've had a wet floor sign up.

and i hope she heels well and everything is back to normal.

Anonymous said...

wow, it can happen fast thats for sure, I hope your dear friend has speedy healing, I hope you aren't sore from your tumble to,

Wanda said...

This is SO true. I am visiting a lady in our church that fell at home on a throw rug, and broke her hip.. having a rough time healing. When I fell last year on my tailbone and head....it was uneven brick getting out of the car at Church. As you have mentioned...it can happen anywhere! Thanks for the reminder to be "CAREFUL"!

Melanie said...

Glad that you and your grandson are fine! Yes, the older I get, the more I realize the importance of being careful!!

Haddock said...

That photograph says that she has taken it in the right spirit.
Yes a little bit of caution regarding safety goes a long way.

Jill said...

Oh my goodness! Lots of accidents happening there lately! Hope everyone is mending and feeling better soon! Enjoy your weekend!