? Suddenly, after Friday, March 5, no posts from the normally prolix irascible yet lovable curmudgeon. I have breaking news...
Or, broken news. klangklangston, better known to me as Josh, my son, took a fall off his bicycle riding home late Friday night. LA infrastructure being what it is, the sidewalk ate his tire, he went overboard. The broken news is this--a fractured proximal femur and a compound fracture of the elbow, both on the left side. Contusions, scrapes, etc. He's in pretty rough shape.
He's had 3+ hours of surgery to repair the hip with a dynamic compression screw
, and today (maybe even right at this moment) he's getting a plate & screw assembly in his elbow. The time prediction is 4 hours surgery/recovery on that one.
In a near ultimate irony, the leftist we all love is at the Ronald Wilson Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Of course, the kicker there is that he is among California's 5 million working uninsured
As I said, I'm his dad, and I live 2000 miles away in Michigan. His gf Amy
is putting out Herculean efforts to keep up with helping Josh heal and in navigating the health care quagmire. The estimates so far are $50K for just the hospital. No idea what the surgeons' charges will be. And then there's the minibar!
The bottom line is this: If you are in the LA Area and feel like you can help with even little things like a call or a visit or helping Amy keep sane with some non-Hospital time, your help will be greatly appreciated. If you already have his contact info, great. If not, MeMail me and you shall receive.
He is facing a long, yet active, recovery. he has to be up & walking on his "new" leg daily, and I'm pretty sure he will need help with that too. I'm sending him a laptop so that he can more easily keep up with MeFi (his home away from home) once he's out of the hospital--Thursday, we hope.
If your distance is greater or if you just want to send a card, a letter, a good thought, MeMail me and I'll provide the details. That goes, too, if you just want to know what the Rake's Progress is--memail, and I'll email/memail in response.