14 November 2008
With only one hour left to complete my motor scooter certification, I skidded off the road and into a guard rail. Time and care will heal all the wounds - and I'm getting excellent care at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. I just need to be patient during the process.

(postscript - June 2009) When I first posted this, I didn't feel inclined to include details. However, I now want to record that I broke seven bones (1 vertebra [the T10]; 3 ribs [7, 8 & 9]; my left hip socket; a pelvic bone; and my right femur) and I had a large laceration at the joint of my right hip and thigh.
Only the femur had any displacement so all of fractures healed well on their own except that one - which broke at the very bottom, just behind my knee. Of course, as long as I was confined to bed or in a wheelchair, it wasn't a problem. Once I started walking, though, the piece of my femur that was broken dug into my meniscus and was excessively painful. (more on that with the May 12 post)
The laceration on my right hip was quite large and required several trips back to "theatre" (which is what the Aussies call the surgical area) before they finally did a skin graft to close it up. One small artery in that area was severed in the accident and I lost a fair amount of blood at the accident site. I also lost some muscle in that area.
I'm grateful for all the tender mercies of the Lord in my healing process and happy to have made the progress I have since the accident.


Susy said...

Hey Mom!! It must be so nice for you to be online again:) Everyone here loves you so much and is always praying for you!!!!! We can't wait to skype with you tomorrow- all our love

Heather said...

Hi Betty, Glad to see you back to blogging and to hear that you are getting excellent care and are doing a little better. What a month for the Crenshaws!! We will continue to keep you in our prayers.

P.S. You make an adorable skipper and I love the view from your kitchen window!

Sara said...

Betty-I have been thinking and praying about you. It is good to "hear your voice" again. I am so glad that you are on the mend and that things are looking good for your healing process. I love the photos, and I do have to say, you make one cool biker chic ;-)

artzyM said...

Hey girl! I am sooooo GLAD to hear you are safe and on the mend...What a freaky thing to have happen! I am happy to hear of the great medical care and the RS support you have received. Keep your chin up and close your eyes and imagine all of the FANS at the beach, smiling and happy, sending you warm healing energy along with our prayers for a speedy recovery. God bless you ,
Michelle Ishihara

Gpa Sheen said...

You inspire me and and scare me straight at the same time! Get well soon - love, Rich

Cara said...

I'm moving in.
Sorry to hear about your accident! Hears to some quick and happy healing!