Two Falls, Two Fractures, Two Rounds of Rehab … and She’s Off to the Races
When people learn that Martha Baker is 92, the reaction is always the same…No! You’ve got to be kidding. A retired middle school math teacher, Martha enjoys life. She is active in her church, the Daughters of The American Revolution, an educational sorority, and enjoys staying in touch with family and friends.
Martha has osteoporosis, which makes her susceptible to fractures. For two consecutive Januaries, she took a tumble, once during her weekly beauty shop visit and once while visiting a neighbor. Two falls, two fractures and two rounds of short-term rehabilitation at Superior Care Home. Her son Woody, lovingly teased her after her second consecutive January fall, saying, “I think Mother just wanted another winter vacation at the spa.”
Martha was a rehab superstar. She worked hard, never losing her resilient spirit, radiant smile and zest for living. Her goal the first time around was to recover by Derby Day. Recover she did, in ample time to be at Churchill Downs to experience first-hand the run for the roses. The second time around, it was to remain fall free and spend the winter of 2011 at home. Mission accomplished.
“Everything was wonderful during both of my stays. I loved the therapists. They made hard work fun. One thing that impressed me about my experience was how the entire staff listened on the rare occasions when little things were not quite right, eager to make me comfortable and content. There just seems to be a spirit of always trying to improve.” Martha remains fall free. Her secret, “I try to pay more attention to my feet!” She recently traveled to Boston for her granddaughter’s MIT graduation and is planning a family reunion. Just like a Kentucky thoroughbred, Martha is agile, spirited, bold and gallops at full speed, never missing an opportunity to live life to its fullest.