February 16 - Monday
Presidents' Day... Still have the Valentine month centerpiece...
Walt riding the exercise bicycle...
The flag flying in the wind on Presidents' Day...
Julie sent me flowers with a card that said:
"Thanks for giving birth to me!"
How sweet is that!
.Early this morning LaRae Crane called to say she came down with a bad cold last night and would not be able to go visiting teaching.
I told her I could still do it since we had the appointments all lined up for our sisters.
I made some more valentine cookies to take.
The message was the second in the series of the theme for the year: "The Attributes of Christ." "Jesus Christ is pure in heart." We strive to also be pure in heart. Cindy Young, Bonnie Jean Rose, and Debra Harrell are sweet sisters to visit.
February 19 - Thursday
Today...For our Serendipity Book Club I was assigned to give a presentation on our Calling in El Salvador which was from July 20, 2011 to October 31, 2014 as Temple President and Matron of the new San Salvador El Salvador Temple.
Just finished the presentation about our calling in El Salvador.
Karma Lambert, our "hostess with the mostess" is serving refreshments at 9:09 p.m..
Our wonderful Serendipity Book Club President--Linda Petersen.
As we were winding up, Gladis, Terry, Ilene, and Karma offered to help me carry my computer, power point projector, the screen, and my El Salvador souvenirs out to the car.
Then as I was carrying the last item out--the screen--one of the gals came in and said: "Your husband just came, tripped on the curb and has fallen on the driveway."
I went out, and as I leaned over to ask him if he was okay, he said:
"I think I've broken my hip."
And he was right.
He had driven over in the pickup to load the screen into because he knew it would not fit in the car. He had driven it over earlier in the pickup.
Then he and Don Melling had gone to the Burley-Jerome basketball tournament game at the Burley gym.
Now he was just back from the game and had come over to help me get the things back home.
He would not let Karma call an ambulance. So four of us gals helped get him to his feet and the four steps over to the passenger side of the pickup. He could not put any weight onto his right leg. We slowly got him over and up into the seat.
Then Ilene Mai drove my car to our home (only about 3/4 of a block away. Gladis Harrison followed and drove Ilene back to Karma's to get her car.
I dashed into the house to call the E.R. so they would be ready to help get Walt out of the pickup and into the E.R.
Ilene came to the Emergency Room, too. She parked her car, then
came and parked our pick up so I could follow Walt in as they got him on a gurney and carried him in.
The x-ray did show that his right hip was broken.
He had me ask Don Melling and David Gibbons to come and give him a Priesthood blessing.
We appreciate all who helped us with this emergency.
After Dr. David Otiveros (?sp), the E.R. physician did the initial workup and diagnosis, we asked for Dr. Gilbert Crane to come to admit Walt to the hospital and arrange for surgery the next day.
Walt was admitted to the patient floor at 1:54 a.m.--Room 132.
And settled in...
At 2:30 the nurse said the rest of the paper work could be finished later. They brought me a recliner so I could be by him that first night.
He was very upset with himself for falling.
Accidents happen so fast!
I asked him how much it was hurting.
"If I keep perfectly still, there is no pain," he replied.
Dr. Crane had our internist, Dr. James Spackman, come to check him in the morning to see if he was okay to have the surgery.
Everything was a go, so at 1:30 they wheeled him out of the room to go to the Operating Room.
Janie, our oldest daughter, arrived from Rexburg just in time to give her Dad a kiss before the surgery. She also said to him: "Now you be a good boy!" That gave the O.R. nurses a chuckle.
When they wheeled him back at 5:00, Dr. Crane showed her the x-rays of the total hip replacement.
Today... ...this will be finished later.
February 22 - Sunday
We pray you have had a restful and peaceful Sabbath Day.
The Lord does not prevent accidents, but He does bless us with the miracles of medical advances and highly trained physicians and other that help repair us when we are injured.
We are thankful for the healing power of priesthood blessings and expert medical care when bones are broken.
On examining Walt and his bones, Dr. Crane told Walt that he is a "young 80-year-old."
We are thankful for our family and many, many friends from the United States, El Salvador, Guatemala, Argentina, and Mexico who have sent messages of love and support from the face book posts with photos that Janie has done for us throughout these past three days.
The Lord is in charge and we are thankful for His tender mercies for us.
We testify of the Goodness of our Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost to us in this earthy life.
In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Walt and Eileen Petersen - I D A H O