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.