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Wednesday, 16 April 2008

I sat with a 96 year old woman awaiting surgery to repair a spiral fracture in her femur.
A spiral fracture is when the bone has been broken due to a twisting type motion. Its name describes the spiral-like pattern of the break which runs parallel with the axis of the broken bone.

Though a tad loopy from the morphine drip — which was the only thing capable of controlling the excrutiating pain — the woman remarked that life had treated her well.

Widowed for over three decades, she has outlived her devoted sisters, rejoiced in the births of four grandchildren and eight grandchildren, and in her old age, left behind a life back east in order to make a new life here in Southern California. Aches and pains? Eh. One doesn’t reach such an age without some minor complaints.

How many people can look back over nearly ten decades and honestly say that life had been good?

It’s all about perspective…

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Thursday, 17 April 2008 1:29 am

    She sounds like quite a lady.

  2. Thursday, 17 April 2008 7:19 am

    aren’t those moments just the highlights of the job?


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