Saturday, October 15, 2005

Hip Fracture

You don't want a hip fracture.

I have a friend who suffered a hip fracture recently. She spent a few days in the hospital, and while now home isn't really up to snuff. Mortality rates are very high: 15-20 of people who suffer hip fractures die within a year, usually because of secondary and tertiary problems related to the injury. And while people who live the year become like other people afterwards, many who suffered a hip fracture never return to their former level of mobility.

It's going to be interesting seeing what goes on with her. I'm sure some of her family will visit in the next few weeks, others will visit soon as well. However, more important is that she'll need rehabilitation to be able to walk around with out a walker, and in a couple weeks she'll need X-rays to see what's happening in her hipbone.

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