It was 111 degrees and I was just finishing cleaning out my garage. I was anticipating a cold drink and some time in the air conditioning when it happened. I tripped over a floor jack and landed on its handle. When I looked at my left knee, I could not believe what I saw. It was very obviously quite broken.
We had just had new windows put on the house, and they were soundproof. I had just taken my cell phone off my belt and put it in the kitchen, so I was out of luck for the time being. Even though we live on a busy street, it took fifteen very long minutes before anyone heard me. Eventually two girls heard my cries for help. They got our younger daughter and my cell phone.
It’s very difficult to make all the arrangements necessary under these circumstances. I was bleeding under the skin quite heavily, and I obviously could not stand up. While our younger daughter talked with 911, I called those who needed to handle the rest of the situation.
That was not the only piece of technology that came in very handy. My knee was in six pieces. The splint the paramedics put on it was pretty high tech. It stopped the bleeding, which could have killed me left unchecked. Another device was put on after the surgery. This let me walk less than 48 hours after surgery. It wasn’t fun, but I could do it.
When I came to after the surgery, my leg was in a device that was gently bending the knee, so as to avoid as much lock up of the joint as possible. I spent many hours with that device, and at first they weren’t happy ones.
The outcome of this story would have been very different when I was a child. I might not be walking now, and I’d definitely be limping. Thanks to God, the orthopedist and all the technology, I’m alive, I walk without a limp and can keep most of the pain at bay with over the counter pain relievers. I’d call that a miracle.