My mom has too many overwhelming medical issues to be a candidate for surgical repair of a hip fracture. Early on, we were told the hip would eventually "stabilize," and if she was lucky, would stop producing pain. The ortho specialist has been having the hip x-rayed monthly, and continues to tell us it's "not healing," but he hasn't given any direction to her nursing team at her nursing home, nor explained to any of us what is to be done to try to get it to heal. Actually, we thought that it was already a forgone conclusion that it WON'T heal, since the two broken parts cannot be put back together without surgery. Is there a different meaning to the word that I'm not getting?? We don't understand why he's monitoring it with x-ray, but appears to have no plan of action. When we asked what to expect, how this is likely to play out, he mumbled something about not seeing too many of these cases (hip NOT surgically repaired), as most people have surgery and get it corrected. I have asked her nursing home about getting a second ortho opinion, hoping to get some direction from a doctor who HAS seen this scenario before. My mom has been on bedrest 24/7 since the hip fracture, so now has bedsores on her heel and both calves. One of the calf bedsores is very deep, and into the muscle, and is draining and (despite antibiotics) clearly infected. The heel tissue is necrotic, but hasn't sloughed off yet. It is LARGE. I am sick, scared, and confused, and not sure what to do to help my mom. I am pushing for her to be sent to a wound care specialist, and also to have a bone scan to see if the rest of her bones are as fragile as her hip bone apparently is, in addition to the ortho second opinion consult. Suggestions?? Anyone else been through this with a loved one?