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Surgery Update

Friday, March 08, 2013

Surgery went well and DH now has 3 pins in his hip. Surgeon has said he is not going to be able to put weight on that leg for 6-8 weeks. His position was plan on it being 8 and if we get lucky maybe he can start bearing some weight sooner!
He spent from Friday night when he finally got admitted until about 3 PM on Tuesday when he was transferred to a rehab center. This is not the typical nursing home rehab-he has intense therapy for 3 hours every morning and 1 hr in the afternoons. He has hopped about 70 ft with the walker but that bothered his shoulder (only 4 months since he had rotator cuff surgery) and his wrists are still not well from the 1st fall. They finally admitted his therapy is a challenge with the heel in a cast, the hip, the wrists, the ribs and the shoulder-it limits what they can do with him!!!
The friends have started building the ramp-I have been in and out to watch the progress. They are using some material from a ramp our neighbor had and no longer needed. Our friend, Sonny, and wife of one of the builders, Mary, went to pick up the additional lumber this morning and dumped the load on the road when they took off at the 2nd stoplight! Luckily a semi was behind them and held up traffic for a bit and 2 young men came to help them get it all reloaded into the truckbed. The frame is all assembled and the platform is done-tomorrow they will get the ramp and railings done.
Once this is done, we should be ready to bring DH home-someone will have to come out to make sure everything is in place to keep him safe at home and possibly he will get to come by Tuesday. I have to go for family caretaker training on Monday at 7:15! Guess they really do not want me to get some rest!
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  • MARTY728
    2915 days ago
    Glad everything went well for your DH. Hope the ramp is finished and ready for him to come home.
    2916 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Good news that the surgery passed well:) Gosh, what a trial he's got ahead of him, but he sounds like he has wonderful friends lined up to help out, and of course he has YOU -- his fearless and noble supporter:) Please be sure to give yourself a break, too. Hugs,
    2919 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13590869
    I know it will be great to have him home! I hope your friends will continue to be there for you. Be sure to ask for help when you need it and remember to take are of you too.
    2919 days ago
    Bless his heart - it's not just his hip, but so many other things as well. I'm continuing to pray for Bill's recover. AND that you will have some daily help so you get a break. There's no shame in accepting help so that YOU can have a break (and I'm not talking about the broken bone kind!!)

    I'm glad you'll be getting the caretaker training Monday - I certainly hope they stress how important it is for you to have breaks, and also that they give the information so you can arrange for it.

    If nothing else, perhaps the county agency on aging (or whatever it's called there) can steer you to where you can get help. It's going to be a big job, and last quite awhile, and you definitely need to take care of you, mentally and physically.
    2919 days ago
    Glad the surgery is over.

    Hope all continues to go well.

    Your regular life is showing by your blog how well you treat others !

    Great your getting help with the ramp from friends n I didnt have to hop a plane.... emoticon
    2919 days ago
    Things are moving along and thank the good Lord for your friends and for His helping you to meet each day with vim and vigor.
    2920 days ago
    You've certainly got your hands full this year already! I hope things with DH will now start to improve and he does not get hurt anymore.
    2920 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10764669
    It's been a stressful 2013, but let's hope that things get better from here on out. Sending prayers out to you and Bill. Take care!
    2920 days ago
    I do hope you can find someone to help you, at least part
    of the day. That will be a little too much for you, at least
    at the beginning. And you need a break, too, so see if
    you can arrange something. Ask the doctor or nurse if
    those services are available. HUGS!
    2920 days ago
    sounds good hope for a quicker recovery
    2920 days ago
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