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Have you ever had a bad day -good day-HAPPY DANCE DAY!!!!

Monday, January 07, 2013

This morning I unfortunately slept LATE.
DH had a podiatrist appointment and he woke me up as he was leaving. I told him to be home early enough from having his beard trimmed so we can go down to Portland to find the hotel.

He said he was not going to a hotel, I reminded him my appointment at the spine clinic was 8.45 am and we would have to leave around 7 since commuter traffic in Portland is often very congested.

He was almost out of the door when he said he was not going to Portland we will go tomorrow I am not going to have the hip done. It was almost time for his appointment and I said we will discuss it later.

I thought for a few minutes and realized my Spine clinic appointment was already confirmed. We had to give 24 hours notice or be billed if we did not show.
I called the Spine Clinic. I had waited over a month for this appointment and I was upset to cancel it. I knew it had to be done. I called and of course my voice kept failing me but the lady was kinder than most so I persevered. I explained that we now have to go to Portland to be sure DH is able to have surgery next week and I needed to postpone my appointment.
She gave me a new appointment 3 days after the surgery. I explained that DH and I are on our own so I would have to have it a month later. She asked if I had been there before the answer was yes quite often. I was getting upset and said I do not take my back issue to anyone but that DR and so it will have to be a month. She said Friday, I said I am in Augusta and Friday we have a storm forecast.

She asked if she could call me back. Ten minutes later she called and said how about Wednesday I said yes please 11.15am that is perfect no after dark driving.
What a relief.

DH came home and once again he said he was not going. I told him I have cancelled my appointment so we can still go and we will be home by 7pm.
He hesitated and said you cancelled your appointment. I said yes. Now we can go to Portland this afternoon. He said nothing and I said nothing. As we left the house I told him I needed to go to Sam’s to buy him some overlarge sweat pants, that was recommended for him to wear home after surgery.

We drove down to Portland, I told him I needed some lunch and we stopped at McDonald’s I wanted a side salad and grilled chicken and an extra side salad. He loves their Fish sandwich.
As we ate I told him I was disappointed I was not spending a night at the hotel, I had looked forward to that. I told him I was able to get another appointment on Wednesday thanks to the fact the Dr Knows me and he made it happen.
I told him I must see the hotel and its location before it gets too dark to navigate the dark streets. I used the Garmin and we discovered it is minutes from the hospital.
I got out of the car and hurried to the desk, I asked about accommodation for 2 nights since DH is having surgery. They told me they have an arrangement with the hospital. The room is $59.00 a night. They have the shuttles running every 30 minutes to the hospital and our car stays there so we can use the shuttles and I will be driven back and forth as many times as I need to. At that moment DH came in and the woman said I could listen to her talk all day long. DH spoke and as soon as she heard his accent she chatted to him and gave him all the details and happiness showed up on his face for the first time this day.

We went to the classes. The lady in Charge is called Pat and of course as soon as she heard me speak she said hi Pat I feel like I know you already.
The class went just over an hour. There were a lot of people there and this hospital has an amazing track record of thousands of hip replacements using the less invasive procedure. Everything was explained in detail, most of the patients were men just 2 women. The men did most of the talking so DH was in his element.
One of the speakers was DH Dr ’s Physicians Assistant so he called us over and checked things out and said so long as DH has no fever it will be a go.

We go down to Portland on the 14th one week from today. We stay at the hotel and will be shuttled to the hospital. DH has to be there at 7.30 am surgery at 9 am and should be ready to see me at noon.

Like I said A Bad -GOOD day and a Happy Dance.
Needless to say DH is very happy too.
Tomorrow we buy him a walker and cane and we will be ready to go.
Thanks for your support without you I doubt we would be here. You kept me going and I kept DH going.

When I felt stressed I read the comments. I have done a 30 minute walk and no real exercise. I am not in the least worried about that. I can do it in the basement while DH recuperates.
Thanks Spark Friends. Pat in Maine.
I just hope we do not have any white stuff around on those days but we shall overcome for sure. I will try for a back up plan if snow is forecast.
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GOANNA2 1/9/2013 8:47AM

    Pat, I hope you are starting to get better. Coughing
is no goo and really tires you doesn't it? It does me.
I'm glad you were ale to re-schedule your appointment.
I hope everything goes well and I'm sorry that you have
to amke two trips. Thoughts and prayers that everything
goes well. emoticon

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CHAIRUL 1/9/2013 8:24AM

    I'm glad that all got pretty much sorted out...let us know when the surgery is scheduled. It's an hour from Portland but you can ALWAYS stay here.We got a new heater to put in the room you use.Can't have our Pat cold!!! emoticon

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GINIEMIE 1/9/2013 7:40AM

    So glad you had a happy ending to a rough start of the day. I think I understand your DH. He probably didn't want to spend a lot of extra money, didn't want you to do all that extra driving and was just worried about the procedure. Glad you kept your cool and persisted. He's going to feel so much better after rehab.
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BRATS4 1/8/2013 11:05PM

    how nice it all worked out.

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    Bless this woman for helping you to reschedule your appointment. It sounds like everything is falling into place to get this accomplished.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/8/2013 6:07PM

    I'm sending lots of hugs for the weather to cooperate and the surgery to go smoothly and for dh to rcover quickly. I'm glad to hear its all coming together with a happy dance. No dancing for dh, YET and then only slow dancing, just as long as its happy!

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BIBS4664 1/8/2013 5:33PM

    Glad things are getting in place for you. Blessings to you both!!

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LITTLEWIND53 1/8/2013 4:58PM

    Glad it is all starting to sort itself out.
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PICKIE98 1/8/2013 3:50PM

    What a great ending to a crap-start day.. Fred is scared to have this surgery, maybe that is why he was not in a good mood, worried.
Even though you had the ills, shingles, URI,etc, everything is now falling into place.. PTL!!!

I will bite the bullet and take all of the snow planned for you, shovel it too, so you have smooth sailing in Portland.
I hope you have time to make the breakaway pants.. you can do it with sweatshirts too. slit the front, do a 12 spi (stitches per inch) on the velcro and he will not even have to lift his arms to change clothing!! Don't put the velcro in the back:it hurts your back when you lean back in the chair!! LOL!

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CHALLENGER15 1/8/2013 1:22PM

    emoticon Wonderful!

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NASFKAB 1/8/2013 10:49AM

  great that its working out for you hugs prayers & all the best

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TERRI289 1/8/2013 9:14AM

    Thank goodness...glad things are beginninig to work out.

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SUNNY332 1/8/2013 9:12AM

    So good to hear that things are going to work out after all. Awesome!

We are going to our Neighbor's funeral today. I don't want to go but will out of respect for him and the family. It is all just too sad. He and his wife were found dead in their home on the 30th. Sheriff's office says it was a murder/suicide. Crazy and I just have been a mess since this all happened. I just don't get it.

Take care and know I am thinking about you. Sorry I haven't been around - just feeling a little out of sorts since this all happened. I am trying to make sense of something that has no sense.

Love you! Sunny

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MILLISMA 1/8/2013 9:02AM

    Pat, so glad things have worked out. When mom was in the hospital in Bangor, I also learned that a hotel nearby offered special rates and services. It sure does help relieve some of the stress and worry. Thinking of you and keeping you and DH in my prayers.

hugs...Mary Anne

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EFFIEANNIE 1/8/2013 8:13AM

    All's well, that ends well! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/8/2013 8:05AM

    All I can say is I'm so happy things went the way they did! I know you and DH have to be relieved to have attended the class as knowledge about what to expect is calming. At least for me. I don't tend to like surprises.

HUGS! Here's to a wonderful Tuesday.

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BETHGILLIGAN 1/8/2013 7:46AM

    That's great that you were able to make it happen!! Sounds like a great facility and so happy DH is feeling better about it. Now, you both need to rest and take care so you'll be ready for the big event next week. Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers!

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BAKER1009 1/8/2013 7:33AM

    Yes, I have had those days, aren't they just great? I am sure your general positive attitude is what helped you Pat. So many of us let that one bad thing ruin the rest of our day. You didn't let that happen, and you WON! emoticon emoticon

Glad everything is working out so nicely for you!
Hope you have a great day today!

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WOWEETOO 1/8/2013 7:18AM

    i am glad that is all done for sure..and there is a shuttle and that there is a wonderful rate in a deal with the hospital..looks like everything is coming together for you two for know you should find out if medicare will ok visits from nurses to your home in the early days especially with the snows and your ages..i think the doc has to order it but it could make tings a little easier in the beginning when you get back home..i believe medicare pays for that..they did with my aunt and i know my policy with bankers life covers that but they cover what medicare covers somes but as a backup
anyhow glad you got things settled for sure and met dome new has to be comfortinh to be a part of something others are going through also
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ANNIE924 1/8/2013 7:06AM

    Hi Pat, so glad things worked out in the end. I know with your support and assistance you husband will come through with flying colors.

I'll be interested to hear how he does with the less invasive procedure, I have heard of it, but it was not given as an option for me when I had my replacement. I don't know why, should have asked I guess, but I was just so happy to be getting my hip done and getting rid of the pain that I didn't even question it. emoticon

It is great that the hotel is going to work out so well for you, you won't have the stress of driving to and from the hospital.

Take care. emoticon

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    Wow, what a lot happened all in one day. So glad that the end result was so positive and will get both your needs and Fred's needs accommodated. emoticon

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ROSEWCI 1/8/2013 5:37AM

    So glad all worked out Pat! I was so worried about you! Okay, take special care now...& I'm praying that all goes well! Take some time for you, while you can, will ya? You need your rest.


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123ELAINE456 1/8/2013 5:34AM

  Hope things go as plan for the both of You. What a day you have had. Keeping You DH in my Prayers. It is a fantastic service the hospital and hotel has. You will be safe. God Bless You and Have a Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KATHY024 1/8/2013 4:48AM

    What a fantastic service between the hotel and hospital!! I'm really happy for you and happy that your DH finally came around. Hard to tell what was upsetting him.

The classes are so great! I think it puts people at ease and sometimes you meet one of two of those same people walking the halls with you!!

I also received, don't laugh here as it is best described as looking like those dog leashes with a hand loop at one end, a rigid middle and a rigid loop at the foot end. It is to help you get up from bed. Getting up from bed was the hardest thing for me to do the first few days. The idea of that tool was to slide your operated leg out a bit, hook the loop over your foot and use the leverage it gives you to keep that leg up while you sit. If your leg falls to the floor as you sit it is really painful. Sometimes though my DH just hung onto my calf to keep that from happening. I found it easier to sleep with the operated leg on the outside of the bed. My DH and I just changed places for while - that way he could sleep with me and be there if I needed anything but he wouldn't bump into my operated side. This URL has a picture of the it

Hopefully your DH won't have this problem with the less invasive surgery.

This was indeed a "Happy Dance" day!!

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GDY2SHUZ 1/8/2013 4:02AM

    Wow, a wonderful day for you, a great day for getting lots of information. You have met some great people who deal with these situations. It will help so much, having the shuttle bus; no need to worry about parking.

Keep well and friends.

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BRENDAGAIL9 1/8/2013 12:46AM

    Pat, I'm glad you got the appointment changed and that Fred's surgery is a 'go'. I pray for no snow so you don't have to worry about the trips back and forth. emoticon

Brenda in Chehalis, WA

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RD03875 1/8/2013 12:29AM

    I am so very happy things are working out for you!! If I was HOME in New Hampshire, I would drive down there just to sit with you while your DH is having his surgery.

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ANHELIC 1/7/2013 11:57PM

    Happy that things are turning out good for you and DH. emoticon

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EVWINGS 1/7/2013 11:56PM

    I am so happy things have turned out this well for you and DH! I continue prayer for you both. Oh, and I'm doing a Happy Dance with you!!


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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/7/2013 11:52PM

    I'm happy it all turned out so well for you.

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