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Skull Fractures and A 105-Year-Old Head

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My 105-year-old grandma, Kora, is at it again. Just a few weeks ago, she had a little mishap, but she is not taking it lying down … well, not for very long, anyway.

In her usual stubborn style, Kora was carrying some bags into her home from the driveway, despite offered assistance from a companion. Kora is the type of person who, if you have driven her some place and then are dropping her off at home, you better be quick. As you are getting out of the car and coming around to her side to open the door for her, she will already be half-way up her front stoop and heading into the house. She has no time to wait! She has things to do!

At any rate, on this particular late summer morning, in her usual hurried fashion, she was carrying her bags up the front porch steps when she suddenly lost her footing, dropped the bags, hit her head, and bruised herself up in the harsh fall. Kora has taken some tumbles in her life these past few years, none of which have been too serious, yet this one landed her in the local hospital for a few days of observation. Now, a few weeks later, much to her chagrin, she is “recuperating” in a local retirement center until the doctors feel confident in her release. Kora is none too happy with this arrangement, yet stubbornly obliges the staff…and her family.

In her nasty and unexpected fall, Kora hit the side of her head. She endured a slight concussion of sorts, but did manage to avoid, as I understand it, a fracture. According to the National Library of Medicine, a skull fracture is a break in the cranial (skull) bones. The skull is tough and resilient and provides terrific protection for the brain. A severe impact or blow can result in a fracture to the skull. It can also result in brain injury.

When the brain is affected by such a sharp blow, it can damage the nervous system tissue and bleeding can result. Indirectly, blood clots can form under the skull and then compress the underlying brain tissue.

The causes of a skull fracture may include head trauma, car accidents (Kora’s license was taken from her a few years ago.

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Since my mother is a crazy Jayhawks fan, you made me laugh out loud at the end!!! Your grandmother is surely getting back to normal! But seriously, I'm so sorry she fell. It must have been quite frightening for the first couple of days. It's good to hear that she's recuperating temporarily in a place where she can be watched (and waited on!) I'm sure that she's the belle of the ball at the retirement home. I can just hear them all talking now about the cute 105-year-old that just moved in down the hall...

September 29, 2009 - 8:24am
(reply to Diane Porter)

Cool! I am telling you, she is chomping at the bit to get out. "I have so much work to do at home," she will lament, "what, with the mail piling up and all." She is very independent and prefers to do things herself! I just cannot believe that she is planning on taking 22 of us on a cruise next summer! This time, I have to make sure she stays off of the topless deck! When she was 90 and we were on a cruise, I caught her dragging my husband up there!

September 29, 2009 - 4:12pm
(reply to Ann Butenas)

OMG! You have got to be kidding!!! What a great woman! Have you started the book yet? Because WE WANT TO READ IT!!!

September 30, 2009 - 9:36am
(reply to Diane Porter)

Oh, yes! I hope to be finished with it by later this fall. She never ceases to amaze me. I tell her I am worried that once she passes on, she wil haunt me from the other side, and she indicated that she just might do that! Which begs the question: Can ghosts go topless?

September 30, 2009 - 4:02pm
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