It’s been 2 days since we moved into a new neighbourhood and we haven’t anybody yet. This changed all of a sudden, the elderly lady from across the street fell and hurt her leg. I found her surrounded by a few neighbours – all a little helpless about what to do next.
I am an osteopathic practitioner, so I examined her leg, and it seemed a lot like a femoral neck fracture to me. She resolutely refused to see a doctor, but I insisted she calls her daughter, explain the urgency of my suspected diagnosis and then they could visit the family doctor. She agreed, and we made her comfortable in a garden chair. Her daughter arrived a few minutes later, and on consulting with the family doctor, decided to hospitalize her.
We learned later that it was indeed a femoral neck fracture that needed immediate surgery. The daughter was relieved that I had persuaded her mother, who suffers from mild Alzheimer’s, to call her.