Last night at around 8pm Mimi was doing her usual after-work routine (jumping and climbing, it's kinda like one of her hobbies) when she somehow fell off a tall stack of containers and broke her leg. We took her to the emergency room where she got an x-ray and the doctor explained to us that her break is in a very difficult-to-repair place. The part of the leg bone where her achilles tendon is attached to completely broke off, and now it's just "floating" there. We won't know if the surgeon can wire her bones back together until she actually gets in there and tries to do it. If she can't, all the bones that comprise that joint will have to be fused together, which means Mimi would not be able to bend that joint from now on and she'd basically have to walk around with a peg-leg for the rest of her life - "like a pirate" the doctor said.
This is actually the second time Mimi got a bad injury from falling off something while climbing. I don't know if I blogged about it last time but a couple of years ago Mimi's tail went limp and was just hanging there for a few weeks when she fell off some stuff (I forget what already) and hurt her back/spine. It eventually got better after Dr. Wendy gave her acupuncture and laser treatment (?). Mimi's actually very good at jumping-climbing, maybe these things are just happen once in a while if you're doing it every day. I dunno.
Anyway, for now ER doctor just bombed Mimi with a bunch of pain medications and will keep her leg immobilized until her surgery, which is scheduled for Monday. And since doctors are famous for being the WORST patients (Mimi is a doctor), they even put a large plastic cone around Mimi's neck to prevent her from touching, biting, poking at, and otherwise fussing with the large splint they put on her. It looks pretty pitiful - Kim wanted me to put a picture of her coned sister in this blog entry but actually I don't think anyone needs to see that. No picture.
I will post an update after the surgery.
Take care everybody. I think this is a good reminder that we all need to be extra careful when climbing on unstable things. We need to clean up around here - this probably wouldn't have happened if we were more organized and didn't have so much junk piled up everywhere.