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Taking the advice very much to heart. thanks so much.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tonight I am off to bed early.
DH and I have been taking care of business.
Which chair at dinner, which recliner is best for left leg and made some very LOOSE sweats look a bit better on him.
The important thing was loose so they are done too.

We have tried to elevate the mattress so he can get in and out of bed easier.

We know we are going to be shown how to do these things the best possible way.

I think that trying to look ahead a bit might help us to come home and know just what we have going for us.

I need to make my list and will need to get them on the way back to our house.

There is no-one close by to pick things up and I do not want to leave DH at the house I would rather leave him in the car with us both having a cell phone that will be easier.

Goodnight and many many thanks. Pat in Maine.
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    You're doing a fine job Pat! Prayers coming your way! emoticon
    1890 days ago
    Just remember Pat, your plans are YOUR plans. They help you to feel in control of what is happening and it is good that you are working towards making things easier for your husband when you get home. But trust HIM who is in control and who KNOWS both of you.
    I wish I lived closer to be able to relieve you a spell, or pick something up for you but I believe Atlanta is a bit far from you emoticon .

    Don't forget the key preparation. REST. Both of you need to be rested to be able to withstand the stress of surgery day and afterwards.

    emoticon emoticon
    1891 days ago
  • TERRI289
    Your planning is going to make everything easier...I have absolute faith in you!!

    HUGS emoticon
    1891 days ago
    Pat, you have really been doing great. Make sure and get some rest. Sounds like you both have everything planned out.

    extra hugs....Mary Anne
    1891 days ago
  • BRATS4
    seems you are doing super
    1891 days ago
    1891 days ago
    Pat, you're so smart doing experimental runs with different things. Then when you need them you just have to adjust a little to satisfy. Relax, my friend, you are doing great. HUGS, Terry
    1891 days ago


    You appear to be well prepared and based on my friend's husband, the recovery time is pretty short for the person to feel pretty self-sufficient (just a few days). After that there will be physical therapy for a while, but Fred should be feeling well enough in just a few days for you to be comfortable to venture out on your own if needed. Just stock you frig and pantry before the surgery and you should be fine until he feels better. Typically the hospital will send you home with the meds he will need until he visits the doctor and they should have given you a list of some items to consider purchasing during the pre-surgery discussions. Extra pillows always come in handy.

    Take care and I am certain you will both do very well.

    Also please really consider giving up the computer for a while. While I know it helps, it seems to be giving you some stress also to reply to everyone. Just know we'll have you in our thoughts and update us when you can. Of course if it helps, then by all means post a blog, but please don't feel you need to. And please don't feel you need to reply to all of our comments. We simply enjoy reading your blog.


    1891 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    Looks like you are "covering the bases" and that is a good thing.

    Being prepared will mean less stress for the both of you after the surgery.

    Hugs, Sunny
    1891 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    With your laptop, cell phone and staff nearby, you will be fine. If Fred gets antsy, bribe him with promises of your delish fruit crisp and all of his beloved desserts!!
    Your neighbors are there for an emergency too.. you both will do fine,, trust in Him..
    1892 days ago
  • POOHGIRL1970
    Remember to take some moments for yourself too Pat! If your not well you can't help DH!
    1892 days ago
  • RD03875
    So glad you have things planned out! Everything will go well and Fred will be home and recovered in no time!
    1892 days ago
    all the best you are awesome being so prepared for anything
    1892 days ago
    go with our love and hugs pat!!!!
    the lady mary!!!
    1892 days ago
    You are doing a fantastic job of planning ahead! If I could, I would give you some advice, but it seems like you have thought of just about everything. I am sending you all my best thoughts and good wishes! emoticon
    1892 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    You are an Amazing Woman Pat. You are handling everything very well. All the last minute details etc. You have your Neighbors to fall back on if you need help too. Maybe they could pick things up for You too. Keep it in mind. I hope you and DH have a Good Night Sleep. Take it easy too. God Bless You and Have a Lovely Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1892 days ago
    I am so thankful for Sparkpeople and all the suggestions you get from those who have been through this or know others who have.

    You amaze me, my friend, and I learn so much from you.
    1892 days ago
  • GAMMY98
    You are both doing a great job of being prepared. emoticon
    1892 days ago
    Good job. You're doing a fantastic job of making things less stressful when you get home from your DH's surgery. I too wish I lived closer to help!

    Are you going to have home health nursing visits once you get home? I had that when I had my knee replacement. It was helpful.

    HUGS and prayers.
    1892 days ago
    See how amazing you are?? You seem to be able to think of everything to eliminate any "surprises"!! It will be such a benefit after surgery. You can just focus on Fred and not have to worry about all the details!!!
    1892 days ago
  • BAKER1009
    Glad you are taking care of things now...looking ahead and preparing will help you both so very much!!

    1892 days ago
    You are very diligent and organized in your planning and preparation, this will surely make things go more smoothly for you later on. When my mom had her hip done, it was more of an emergency situation so we didn't have the time to get anything ready and the feeling of being unprepared and uneducated in what needed to be done for her was horrible. I am so glad that Fred will have all the things to make his recovery easier all ready for him. emoticon
    1892 days ago
    It sounds like you are thinking of everything to prepare ahead. DH is very lucky to have such a loving, thoughtful wife. Don't forget to take care of yourself in the process.
    1892 days ago
    One of my sisters lived about 45 minutes out of nearest town, and BIL would always go with sis into town. He stayed in the vehicle while she took care of business But she was Johnny on the spot if he needed her..... He was ill and on oxygen full time so she really did not want to leave him home alone while she was gone for so long. It also gave him a change of scenery so he wasn't staring at the same 4 walls all day every day.....

    You are doing great in getting everything ready in advance. It will make the recooperation so much easier.

    Have a good sleep...
    1892 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/11/2013 1:30:27 AM
    1892 days ago
  • KATHY024
    Don't forget to take a book or something to keep your mind busy at the hospital while you are waiting.

    You've planned well. emoticon Now take special care of yourself!!

    1892 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/11/2013 12:54:29 AM
    I just wondered Pat, if you could get a hospital bed for Fred for a short time after his surgery. I have had a couple of friends who did this and it was so much easier for the elevation. Just a suggestion, if you can do this.
    Am keeping you both in prayer as well. God bless you both.
    Joan emoticon
    1892 days ago
    You might also get a couple few extra pillows to put behing him and one between his legs if he is laying on his other side that is not being operated on.
    1892 days ago
    HAVE A GOOD SLEEP PAT emoticon emoticon
    1892 days ago
    Pat, I just want to tell you what a great thing you are doing taking care of Fred and trying to get things just right for when the surgery is over. You can bet your bottom dollar that any one of us would be there to help you if we lived closer.

    Stay strong and be sure to take care or yourself.

    , WA
    1892 days ago
    I sure wish I were there to help.
    1892 days ago
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