My mother's in the hospital recovering from an accidental fall (what a stupid phrase - as if she'd do it on purpose or something) in a bowling alley of all places. She's quite banged up from head to toe and one wound is particularly severe, having torn most of the flesh from an area just below her left knee. She was taken to a hospital emergency room where she was cleaned, bandaged, and given an antibiotic and told to see her family physician because they, the hospital, weren't equipped to deal with it. Her family physician sent her to a wound clinic, which sent her to another hospital, where, after a day of waiting, she finally saw a plastic surgeon and an infectious disease fellow. She's now receiving antibiotics orally and intravenously. The plastic surgeon has her "pencilled in" for surgery this Friday (it will involve a skin graft), on the condition that the infectious disease specialist has gotten the infection under sufficient control. Prayers are needed because, if he cannot, the alternative - the only alternative - is not a pleasant one.
I'm trying my best to understand how it is that a patient suffering a severe wound must go on a four day physician-hopping sabbatical before the appropriately qualified one is brought to her - while in the meantime her body serves as a petrie dish of infectious culture. Should that aforementioned alternative become the only one available, I'm in the mood for one hell of a lawsuit.
In other news, the LPGA will be in California this week, more precisely at the Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles, and (Jeff Culbreath might be interested to know), the following week, in Sacramento. Here's a photo gallery.
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In more other news, Elizabeth (the Dancing Queen - see photo in post below) has been cast as the female lead in the Chicago Ballet's Christmas performance of "The Gift." That will happen in early December, with more specifics as the time approaches. If you live in the area, try to go see it. You won't be sorry. Her dancing, apparently a purely physical act, elevates the mind.