Mom fell last Sunday (tried to walk without help again - she can't be trusted for a minute - even with her chair and bed alarmed) The first x-ray didn't show anything, and she did not complain of pain for four days. I visited the next day and she never said a word about hurting anywhere. I'm convinced she has such a high threshhold for pain that she simply doesn't recognize it. She also has cellulitis and claimed that it didn't hurt either. Yesterday she finally complained her arm hurt and another x-ray showed a break in her ulna and a fractured pelvis so she was sent to the hospital for two days. I don't know how severe the pelvic fracture is, but she was discharged and sent back to the NH today.
At 101, they can't do much for her except give her pain meds and will evaluate on Monday but I can't see how PT will be of benefit at this point.
I'll visit her tomorrow, but it doesn't sound like this can go on much longer if she is now bedridden and can't even sit in a wheel chair.
We knew this would eventually happen because she has fallen at least 10 times this year. If only she had used the walker last year, and now, if only she would not insist she doesn't need help in the NH. They tell me she is so stubborn that once she gets something in her head they can't do anything with her.
It makes me sad to see Mom be the cause of her own downfall but there is nothing we can do.