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The ‘little’ injury with the biggest risk

They do it in movies so often that you can see it coming a mile away — a plot device so overused, you probably groan out loud when it happens.

The bad guy has been killed… everybody’s safe from harm… and then the moment someone turns their back on him, BOOM.

They weren’t really safe after all, and the villain claims another victim.

We’re not living in a movie, my friend, but it looks like this tired old plot device is turning up all too often in real life.

You could suffer an injury scare… think you’re out of the woods… only to DIE just weeks later!

With serious trauma, the first 24 hours matter most. Once you’re past that window, your death risk drops.

But it’s another story altogether with lower-level trauma.

Maybe you took a spill or got into a fender-bender. Whatever the reason, the new study finds those “lesser” injuries could be a lot more serious than they might appear at first, because the biggest death risk isn’t right after you’re injured.

It’s in the two- to three-week period afterward!

Seniors who remain in a hospital for lower-level trauma for 14-21 days have a higher risk of dying right at a time when they SHOULD be getting better, especially since these aren’t always major injuries.

Don’t be one of them! I’ve got two quick tips for recovering from an injury that’ll help make sure you don’t get turned into an ugly statistic.

First, you know your body better than the doc examining you. He might SAY you’re doing just fine, but if you think he’s missing something, speak up… speak out… and speak LOUD if you have to.

And if in the days or weeks afterward you find yourself not getting better — or actually getting WORSE — demand more attention.

If you’re still in the hospital, ask for a specialist to shake things up. And if you’ve been sent back home, don’t wait for a follow-up appointment weeks or months away.

Get help now.

And second, one of the reasons folks die after a low-level trauma might not be the injury itself but an infection from the hospital where they were treated.

So watch out. If there’s less pain but you’re turning a funny color where the injury was or are starting to swell like a balloon, that’s a sign of infection — and a sign you need help.

Get it. Get it soon. Get it fast… because your life could be on the line.

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