For some obscure reason I was up at 4.45am, I did not feel good so instead of going right back to bed I took my blood sugar it was 84, that is not bad but for me it is lower than I like and not feeling quite right I fixed my breakfast. My usual Oat Bran and banana and some plain Greek style yogurt. I call it that because I make it myself and it saves me money. I had tea and then I went back to bed and was up again at 9am.
I made sure DH and I are now registered in the lateral hip replacement class before his surgery.
I talked with the hospital about the hotel proximity to the hospital. I was told it was a good choice because they use that hotel when their employees get snowed in during the winter and they will shuttle DH and I to the hospital. We have to buy him a rolling walker so the shuttle bus will take it with us when we go to the hospital. They want it there because he will be walking right after the recovery room, that surprised me but they have a good record with this procedure , that is why we are driving so far. Our hospital has acquired Drs recently but they do not have the experience we wanted.
Some time ago DH had a procedure and I never thought to ask how many times the surgeon had done the procedure with the Laparoscope. It did not go well and we found out later it was only his third time. This Orthopedist has been doing this for 8 years so we are hoping for good results.
NOW I ASK. OLDER and WISER--I HOPE !
I called the hospital and checked if DH has a private room and told them I prefer to stay the night at the hospital they said that was no problem. We will use the shuttle bus and when he is to be discharged I will be able to call for them to come for just me and I will, bring back our minivan to pick DH up. In the event of bad weather we will stay in Portland at the hotel till the roads are cleared. I was assured we will be shown how DH will have to navigate steps since we have three leading in to the house.
Late morning the snow stopped so DH wanted to go outside to do the snow blowing. We had some really high drifts in the front of the house it was halfway up the front door. We do not access our house from the front it has too many steps so we built another driveway from the street behind our house and it is a huge driveway leading to the double garage. DH went out to start the snow blowing and about half an hour later I went out with my Michigan Snow scoop. I love that thing I can move lots of snow just be pushing it across the ground. We have gates to the pool and places where the blower does not go easily, so those places are my job to clear.
By noon time the sky was blue and she sun was quite warm. Where the sun shone on the driveway the snow began to melt so moving it became much more difficult. DH had cleared most of it and he went in to the house. I wanted to stay outside I was having such a good time. I noticed the driveway was a bit narrower than usual so I used the shovel to see how much was still snow covered. I decided too much, so I cleared it by hand.
If we do not clear right to the grass the drive gets narrower every time it snows and that can be a problem getting the cars in to the drive later in the Spring. That is why I cleared it. Then I went to the front to dig out the steps, and the long narrow driveway. The front is to the SOUTH side and it was very warm work, it went very well.
After two and a half hours it was time to go in to make lunch. I had salad and DH had a sandwich. When DH works hard outdoors he loses his appetite. I alas was really hungry after all that shoveling. I have felt hungry for quite a few days now. I am assuming my baking must have made me hungry.
I deliberately made only breads of many kinds to give as gifts this year. If someone was away and two of them were I just put the breads in the freezer. Doing just breads meant that DH and I would not cut a bread but with lots of cookies or bars, it would be so much easier to start picking, we did not want that to happen.
Now we only have New Year to get beyond and we will be counting down to DH surgery.
We had a really nice day for shoveling-we call it playing in the snow. Sun and sky were beautiful. The day did seem longer.
We have another storm on it's and we still have to get to Portland perhaps tomorrow to find our way around the hospital area and check out the hotel.
I am trying to make tomorrow like a days outing and I hope the day is as nice as today.
My Spark Friends out there keep me grounded and I appreciate all of your comments and support.
Take care. Pat in Maine.