Uncle Cran injured in cattle stampede
I do have a few, more recent photos of Uncle Cran, though none on my computer, but I thought that I at least ought to include some photo of Uncle Cran -- even if only this previously posted one -- along with the news of his injury, which he sustained while working cattle on his Ozark farm:
Just got the word from Aunt Pauline that Cran broke a hip (well, he was ran over by cattle and they broke his hip). Pauline's email advised he had surgery today to replace the ball joint, which sounds painful and will undoubtedly put him out of commission for a few weeks.This is the message sent from Cousin Bill Hodges in his newsletter "Weekly Ramblings." I'm certain that every fan of the 'Ozark Tales' that Uncle Cran has lent me to post on this blog will want to offer condolences, get wells, prayers, or the like in comments that he will, eventually, hobble around to reading.
Pauline, when you and Woodrow see Cran tomorrow be sure and tell him that he is in our prayers. I called the folks to tell them about the accident.
Just post your messages in the comments, and I'll make sure that he sees them.
UPDATE: Aunt Pauline has supplied details from Uncle Cran himself:
Hello all. Linda Gaye[, Cran's wife,] wanted me to update you all. We just got home from the Hospital from seeing Cran. They say he is doing all right but he said he had a rough night and was running a one hundred and two temp when we left and we got home about five thirty.Kevin is one of Uncle Cran's three sons, the other two being Mark and James, who are likely all informed and concerned for their father.
He told of his experience. This stubborn steer was not responding, and Cran got off the wheeler to get a rock to throw, the steer charged, and as he hit[,] Cran . . . grabbed his head and wrestled it sideways, and I understand he pushed the wheeler to ward him off and he ran or something like that. He got back on [the] wheeler and guess his hip came apart. Linda Gaye got home about fifteen minutes later and went to pieces like I probably would have, but he scolded and calmed her and she got him to the car and hospital. Well that's it for tonight.
I took him some books to read when he is not hurting and Kevin's inlaws brought him some, so he will have some reading, but he was wore out and dozing off, so hope he rests better tonight.
I'm not entirely clear on the sequence of events, but I'm guessing that the injury occurred when Uncle Cran was tussling with the steer but remained unnoticed until after he had climbed back onto the wheeler, when the adrenalin's effects began to wear off.