During my last shift, seven of the first eight patients that I treated had injuries from falls on the ice. Elbow fracture, elbow dislocation, two hip fractures, coccyx (tailbone) fracture, depressed skull fracture, a few back pains … and a partridge in a pear tree.
When it snows out, the snow is slippery. When you compress snow by walking or driving over it, the snow stays slippery. When the sun comes out and turns the top layer of snow kind of a clear color, the snow still stays slippery. If you walk on any of these substances, your feet will slip.
Even Ms. WhiteCoat slipped on the ice and fell on her hip when she was getting groceries out of the truck. Busted her cell phone all to smithereens, but at least she’s OK.
So here’s my suggestion for a good stocking stuffer: Shoe Cleats.
I’m not going to give you any links because I don’t want to be accused of a conflict of interest by the FTC or whatever other blogger police are out there. Go online and use your favorite search engine that doesn’t track all of your online movements [cough cough Scroogle cough hack IX Quick] and do a search for “shoe cleats” or “traction cleats” or “fishing treads.” Some sporting goods stores even have them. Then buy some and put them in your family’s stockings or even give them as an early present – especially your independent elderly family members.
They may look dorky, but the $20 you spend on them is a heck of a lot better than the $20,000+ for surgery and the weeks in rehab that will be needed if someone falls and busts a hip.
Trust me. The operating rooms are overbooked and the ortho docs are talking about all the new cars and vacation villas they’re planning to buy.