My 93 year old grandma broke her hip yesterday, and the circumstances surrounding it have me furious. I'm so angry I could barely sleep last night.
So, she went to the grocery store yesterday. It had snowed Sunday into Monday, so the parking was probably somewhat snow and ice covered. Why she even went out is beyond me - she didn't need food and she told my mother she was staying home. But that's neither here nor there.
Right when she was done loading her groceries, she fell hard. A woman saw her fall, and came over. My grandma told the woman and another man that she was fine. Even though her fucking hip was broken and she couldn't even STAND.
These people loaded my grandma into her car. They didn't call an ambulance. Just hoisted her into her car and sent her on her way. My grandma drove home (about 2 miles) and put her gar in her garage. She then crawled backwards up her stairs. With a broken hip. She couldn't get back up once she got inside, and she forgot that she was wearing her Life Alert. My mom was calling and calling, and she knew something was wrong. So she called my grandma's neighbor and he found her on the floor. He then called an ambulance.
My grandma is the toughest lady ever. I think it's the Italian blood ;-) But when she told the doctors her pain was a 10, it fucking killed me. To think of her in that much for so long has me sick to my stomach.
So, please tell me. If you saw an older woman fall very hard in a parking lot, would you have called an aumbulance? Or would you have picked her up off the ground and put her in her car? Because that's fucking INSANE to me.