Mudcat Café message #2942311 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #130292   Message #2942311
Posted By: Bat Goddess
09-Jul-10 - 09:13 AM
Thread Name: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
This is old news Tom's recovering and mostly mobile again.

Last Friday evening Tom left the Press Room session to speak with some friends on the sidewalk before driving home. As he started across Daniel St., his right knee gave out on him and he fell. I was still at the session, standing and leading "Ten Stone", when Joe Stevens (yes, THAT Joe Stevens -- spoke into my ear, "Tom's fallen on the street," and I bolted to and through the Press Room door, leaving a bunch of startled people in my wake.

Tom was on his feet surrounded by friends when I got there. I decided he was too shaken to drive so I drove him home in my car after a stop at his car for his cane. Yes, he was walking and feeling fine on Friday night, although he was hurting by the time he came to bed.

The next morning, up at 6:30, he couldn't put ANY weight on his right foot. We debated for some time on how to get him downstairs and into my car to take him to Lee Urgent Care (which didn't open until 9). I helped him get dressed, but he couldn't move from sitting on the side of the bed. There was a bunch of drama involved regarding crutches, etc. but eventually we figured it was safer all around to call the local EMTs (Nottingham fire/rescue is a mile down the road) for a lift assist and Tom got to ride down the stairs in a really cool specialty chair rig assisted by several EMTs, Nottingham police, etcet etcet. Took him to Lee Urgent Care, by now open for some time, where he was x-rayed, poked and prodded. Verdict: he sprained everything sprainable between the bottom of his right foot and his knee. Mostly the foot and ankle.

Prescription for pain meds (Tylenol and codeine) in hand, we went to Hannaford's (10 miles up Rte. 4) to fill the 'script, then home (back 5 miles towards Lee Circle I basically spend the rest of the day and the next pingponging up and down Rte. 4). Getting him from car to house was a MAJOR project. I grabbed a stool for him to use as a walker, but none of our cane collection included two matching canes which could have made life easier. Eventually, he made it from the car to the shade at the side of the house, then up the four stairs to the deck, across the deck, and up one more step into the house. He collapsed into an armchair in the living room where he was ensconced for the next couple days.

There's more, but I have to go to work. Those of you who are my Facebook friends already know about this, but I figured I'd better post this here to update others who have been asking for an update on Tom.