Siouxlander Stays On Par After Hip Injury
Her philosophy is “because I can.” The motto explains a lot about what drives Annetta Weihe.
An avid golfer, Bunco enthusiast, mother to six and grandmother to many more, Annetta rarely has free time. When a serious injury threatened to sideline her from the activities she enjoys, Annetta overcame the obstacle with her “can do” philosophy…and a little help from friends at Holy Spirit Retirement Home.
Annetta was looking forward to a night with friends last November. As luck would have it, her friend Mary Hildman, Former Activities Director at Holy Spirit, had offered to drive Annetta over to their friend’s house for an evening of Bunco. Running out of her front door, Annetta’s foot became tangled in a dog leash, and she fell.
As Annetta pulled herself up, she quickly realized that something was seriously wrong. With no control of her right leg, Annetta cried for help and Mary, who had just driven up to pick up Annetta, called 911.
At the hospital, Annetta’s worst fears were confirmed. At nearly 80 years young, she had broken her hip.
“My leg was almost like a string puppet. I could swing it back and forth, so I knew there was something really wrong,” recalls Annetta. “They performed surgery, and two days later, I was ready to be discharged. Unfortunately, I still needed help at that point and didn’t know where to go.”
That’s when Mary Hildman stepped in. Holy Spirit was just opening the new South addition Mary told her. Annetta could be discharged to Holy Spirit for rehab before going home.
Soon after, Annetta became the first-ever resident in room 715.
“Everyone was wonderful. From my physical therapists to Father Meinen, everyone treated me so well. The help was tremendous. In particular, I don’t know what I would have done without Wendy and Mindy,” says Annetta.
In the spirit of staying active, Annetta also attended daily Mass. And, she enjoyed visits from her friend Mary.
“I would have never guessed that I’d wind up in a nursing home. Mary was persistent that Holy Spirit would be the best place for my recovery,” adds Annetta who lives just blocks away from Holy Spirit. “During my stay, there were several times when I thought about walking home, but something kept me at Holy Spirit. In the end, Mary was right. It was the best place for me at that time.”
Amazingly, only weeks after her injury, Annetta was well enough to return home. In pure Annetta fashion, she didn’t stay home for long. Looking to escape the cold Midwestern winter, she packed her bags and boarded a plane for Phoenix where she continued her physical therapy.
Today, the Siouxlander is back to enjoying life. In between lawn work and fun nights with the gals playing Bunco, much of Annetta’s time is on the golf course. This year, she belongs to two women’s leagues.
For someone with two hole-in-one trophies, the course is truly Annetta’s happy place.
“My family always tells me I need to take it easy,” says Annetta. “I’m quick to remind them that I want to stay busy, and I do stay busy…because I can.”