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UPDATE: things are looking up!

Post by Dennoman » Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:57 pm

Hi all.

If this kind of threads annoys you, by all means stop reading now and keep any nasty comments to yourself. I've been through the worst imaginable kind of emotional rollercoaster today, and it'll probably lead to me leaving the forums and most internet-related activities for the next few weeks.

At around 4:30 AM, I heard an icy shriek followed by a thunderous banging and cries of pain. My mother had fallen straight down from the top floor of our house to the stairs roughly 10 feet below. We calmed her down best we could and called an ambulance that took her to hospital. At first, the injuries didn't seem too serious and it mostly seemed like panic-related stress, but they soon came up with the results of the X-ray, which weren't too good. She'd crushed one of her lateral vertebrae and came within millimeters of severing a nerve which would have caused permanent paralysis. Now, she's just undergone surgery, but there's a considerable risk she will be permanently paralyzed as a result of the operation. The best case scenario on the other hand is she'll have the screws and bolts installed and will be hopping around again happy and bubbly as ever in no time.

This comes at a time where the whole family was worried about my grandmother, who had slipped into a coma after a second heart attack not too long after the first one of which she was still recovering. When they took my mother to hospital, I heard she had just woken up from the medicine-induced coma and was breathing by herself after several unsuccessful attempts.

Right now my emotional condition is made up of bursts of hope and cries of utter desperation and helplessness. In the next few days, I'll be finding out if my mother will be spending the rest of her life in a wheelchair after a stupid and completely preventable accident.

I wouldn't wish this upon my worst enemy.

If anyone would miss me, just so you know: this is why I'll be gone at least for the next few days/weeks. And please, if you're ever planning on doing some DIY around the house: ALWAYS put safety first. That is all.
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Post by JetSetWilly » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:02 pm

Damn, That's bad. Fingers crossed for a recovery, and take however much time is needed. You will be missed on here.
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Post by paranoid marvin » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:03 pm

Sorry to hear that pal, hope things turn out for the best.
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Post by sscott » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:05 pm

Hope everything works out Dennoman. My wife's a physiotherapist and there are lots of strategies to get your mum back to a full recovery (albeit over time).
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Post by Sir Hilary Bray » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:09 pm

Mate, you know you can always talk to us, I know some of us have our silly differences on here at times, but at the end of the day,
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Re: Well, looks like I'll be gone for a while

Post by Ferret Oxide » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:12 pm

I hope it all works out ok.

As already said, you'll be missed.

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Post by felgekarp » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:18 pm

I hope everything works out for the best on this.
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Post by RMLF » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:31 pm

Dude thoughts are with you and yours
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:35 pm

Denno, I wish you and yours well. Don't be a stranger. Even if its just to blow off steam, vent, or just to chill and chat games, you know you have friends here.
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Re: Well, looks like I'll be gone for a while

Post by RetroBob » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:45 pm

My god - my thoughts are with you and your family.
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Post by nakamura » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:51 pm

Woah, in big capitals was my reaction to that. Jesus I hope your mum will be ok. What a scary thing to happen. Keep us posted when you can and really hope all will be ok.

Out of interest to fellow forum members, why would this type of thread annoy anyone?
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Post by ToxieDogg » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:55 pm

I can only say the same as everyone else....best wishes to you and your family and take as long as you need, we'll still be here whenever you want to return.

Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere, however safety conscious you are. My mum had a fall 8 years ago. She literally just tripped over at home and fell pretty much flat on her face. Unfortunately, she broke her collarbone and shoulder, and as a result has permanently lost most of the mobility in her right arm. She's learnt to live with it and we're all just thankful it wasn't any more serious....I hope that it's not so bad for your mother in the long term too.
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Post by XFile2708 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:07 pm

Blimey thats awful matey... fingers crossed for a speedy recovery for her and that things get better for you matey...

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Post by STranger81 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:15 pm

Sorry to hear your news. Hope things work out for your mum.
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Post by dste » Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:26 pm

Sorry to hear that, hope everything is ok.
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