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DH and I are still in Portland Maine. DH in hospital, me in my KING sized bed.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

DH was walking and doing great. I packed the car and walked out in to light snow around 6 am. I took all of our belongings and said goodbye to the staff at La Quinta. After just a few minutes the ground was snow covered and slick. I drove up the steep hill and my wheels were slipping. A big oil truck was way too close to me so I tried to pull away but but the ABS rumbled at me. So I flashed my brake lights repeatedly and he backed off.
I went in to the lowest level of the parking garage so I had a very short walk to the elevator. DH was sleeping and I went in. He stirred and the nurse came in and told me DH was not able to leave till he used the bathroom.
DH Doctor came in and told us he was going to LA his father had a hip replacement in LA and he had to go there to be with his Dad for a while! How great is that. Then we talked and DH said his pain level was still high so he told the nurse and PA what to do and not to discharge him before noon. The PA took out the drain and so now DH could have walks along the hallways with a walker. He was doing great. A nurse came over to him and asked if he had been to the bathroom and DH said No. She commented that 3 guys were being kept in since they all had the same issue.
That was when things got serious and now 2 out of the three are still there. I had emptied the room so I called back to ask if they still had it vacant. I asked if they could keep it that way and they said they would. I told DH the snow was really heavy so I did not want to drive home in commuter traffic on the interstate and all we kept hearing were ambulances. I decided we would book the room and we would stay there till morning.
Meanwhile DH had 2 PT sessions and did very well but still a problem they did scans and decided to medicate him and keep him in overnight. I went to get my overnight clothes from the car and walked a very long way today over 6,000 steps. I was weary so I came back to the room to Spark and I used the shuttle bus to go back to hotel. I left my pillows in the car but I could not carry anything more.
I am writing this blog and then I am going to bed hoping to get a good nights sleep. I did bring my rice bag from the car since the microwave was fixed for us. I can heat it up on this very cold night and hopefully rest.

The room next door has a service dog in side. I think his owners have left him alone and every time I move about the dog barks.
So I hope to sleep well.
I hope DH sleeps well too.
I also hope the dog and it's owners sleep well and stay quiet, that would be great.
Taking DH home to his own bed and soft sheets wearing his own P.J.s would be absolutely fabulous.

GOOD night Spark friends. You all know it is only all over when the fat lady sings today I have had a diet of yogurt, bananas and apples and my tracker is overloaded with carbs I hope I will not be singing too loud.

Once I am home I can get back to basics and back to exercise. I did a video on the spark site but I am too weary carrying the bags and sitting around.
It is off to bed and PLEASE let it be home tomorrow, with cleared roads and no fools on the roads causing problems.
Thanks Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • v POOHGIRL1970
    Thoughts go out to you and DH!
    1227 days ago
  • v BABCIATEA
    HOpe all is still improving take care
    1227 days ago
  • v SUNNY332
    Oh yes, he has to do that before he is discharged.

    Get some rest and will look for your next post.

    Thinking about you and praying for both of you.

    Hugs, Sunny
    1228 days ago
  • v ALICIA214

    Hello Pat..I have just caught up with your news I am sorry that I did not read your blogs sooner I would have sent good thoughts and prayers to both you an DH... hopefully by the time you read this you will both be safely in the comfort of your own home.. nothing better to speed up a
    recovery.I will pray for that.
    In the blog dated 13/01/13 you mentioned getting a VCR so that you don't miss any more of your programmes I don't know what they are called in the US.. here they are called a PVR it is similar to a vcr but does not need tapes...it can record more than
    one programme at a time while you are watching another. My son Paul gave me one
    for my birthday and I think it is great ...after my vcr died I could not find one to
    replace it... they are becoming obsolete. Just thought I would mention that.
    Wishing you both health and happiness.
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    1228 days ago
  • v PICKIE98
    You are both where you are supposed to be.. relax and rest for the trip home,,
    1228 days ago
  • v LUNADRAGON
    Thank you for the post. I pray today is being a better day for you both, and for rapid healing for your dh.
    Hugs and prayers,
    Deborah
    1228 days ago
  • v CHALLENGER15
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    1228 days ago
  • v CLAIREINPARIS
    I am so glad to read your DH is walking around OK with a walker! How wonderful to read that! I very much hope that tomorrow you'll be home with your DH and that you'll be able to go back to your nice routine. Please drive carefully!
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    1228 days ago
  • v NEEDSHELP52
    Pat, hang in there. The end is near and you'll be home soon. Take care of yourself so you can help your DH. He'll be okay. It is just taking a bit more time. HUGS, Terry
    1228 days ago
  • v BRENDAGAIL9
    Pat, you are so brave to drive in all that snow! Good news that Fred has to stay longer so he can feel better and hopefully, the roads will get better before you have to go home.
    1228 days ago
  • v TWEETYS
    So sorry that you had such a disappointment. I hope you and your husband were able to sleep well and that you'll soon be safe and sound in your own home.
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    1228 days ago
  • v NASFKAB
    prayers for both of you hope it goes well for you
    1228 days ago
  • v TERRI289
    HUG..Hope that you are both settled in at home by the time that you read this.

    Safe travels my friend, I am off to run errands today. emoticon
    1228 days ago
  • v SAD64PSYCH
    OH, Pat, I hope today is a better day for both you and your hubby! Just as well that you didn't drive on those roads - you might have ended up back in the hospital for worse reasons! I am sending all my best wishes for a better day today. emoticon
    1228 days ago
  • v CHAIRUL
    I thought of you both non stop for the past three days. I was going to call but I didn't know what your day would look like.I'm thinking maybe tonight-early-ish.
    1228 days ago
  • v GINIEMIE
    Okay, Pat so God is with you. Protecting you and hubby from making the long drive home on icy roads, and getting hubby out before he's ready and having to take him back.
    From experience I can tell you there is nothing more miserable than leaving the hospital before being able to go to the bathroom. I did it a long time ago-I learned my lesson well.
    The extra 24 hours will hurt the wallet a little, but hopefully give hubby time to get regulated and roads to gentle up a bit.
    Safe travels.
    PS. Don't you think all that lugging stuff is some exercise?
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    1228 days ago
  • v MORTICIAADDAMS
    It sounds like the hospital is being very prudent in keeping your hubby until he is ready to go home. Too many of them any more push you out the door when you are still half-drunk from anesthesia.

    I hope things resolve today including the slick roads and that you and hubby can get back home.
    1228 days ago
  • v BAKER1009
    Sorry DH was not able to be released, but better safe than sorry, right? I hope today is a much better day for you both!
    Hang in there! Keeping you both in my prayers!
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    Beth
    1228 days ago
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
    Sorry to hear that Fred is having so much pain, but hopefully it gets under control. HUGS and take care. Glad you stayed. Travel safely.
    1228 days ago
  • v DOWNEASTLASS
    I think it was a wise decision for you both to stay in Portland last night. The roads were dicey and no sense in driving on them unless you absolutely had too.

    Take care and give Fred a hug from me!

    Jill
    1228 days ago
  • v QUEENMOXIE
    Sounds like thing are headed in the right direction...It was probably good that DH had to stay so that you didn't have to drive in heavy snow. I hate to drive in the snow, too! You have a rice bag...mine is full of field corn and I love it. I heat it up and it smells like corn. I use it when my feet feel ice cold. I am sending you a big hug, and prayers that the rest of the recovery is smooth sailing! emoticon emoticon
    1228 days ago
  • v RD03875
    Hope DH is better and you get to go home when he is well
    1228 days ago
  • v BETHGILLIGAN
    I know how eager you are to get home but it's best to stay put for now. Give the roads some time to clear and DH a little more time in the hospital and healing. You will have your hands full when you get home so try to rest as much as you can now. I keep you and Fred in my prayers!!
    1228 days ago
  • v DIANESAV1
    The roads were bad so it was a good thing you stayed. You didn't need the added stress. Take care.
    1228 days ago
  • v ROSEWCI
    Sending positive thoughts & prayers your way! Well wishes for DH!
    1228 days ago
  • v LITTLEWIND53
    Oh, Pat, I am so sorry you were not able to make it home to your own beds. Hopefully tomorrow.......
    I don't have any first hand experience but I do know that many medicatiiions and drugs can cuase the "pluming" to back up. Hope it gets back on track soon so your DH can be released.....

    Hope you are able to get some good rest....

    (((HUGS)))
    1228 days ago
  • v GOANNA2
    I am glad you were able to get your room back.
    You sure have had your plate full. I am praying
    that DH is able to feel better and be able to go
    home tomorrow. Let's hope the roads are clear
    so that you have good driving conditions.
    Praying that you will be back in your own home
    safely tomorrow. Get a good night's sleep and I
    hope the dog doesn't keep you awake. emoticon
    1228 days ago
  • v EGGBASKET1
    I'M SENDING MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS YOUR WAY. I'M HOPING FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY AND A SAFE TRIP HOME. KEEP SAFE. HUGS...EGG
    1228 days ago
  • v KATHY024
    Probably the best for your DH to stay being he is in pain. Best place for him to be. Sounds like with the snow and roads it's was the best thing for you to stay too. Maybe tomorrow. emoticon
    1228 days ago
  • v EVWINGS
    My prayers continue for the both of you, Pat. Hopefully you'll find things perfect for you to get the two of you back home.
    1228 days ago
  • v GRACEISENUF
    Hoping you can go home too...hope you get a good nights rest as well.

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    1229 days ago
  • v WOWEETOO
    that must be some really new hip surgery..they don't go home here they are sent to rehab for a few weeks or more wowee hips are coming a long way for sure..jurt the knees here require a week in the hospital and 2 to 4 in rehab as an inpatient
    any how i'm glad you still had your bed for sure and check the weather report before you check out again be safe and remember the snow at home and getting out of the car and into the house
    the lady mary sending blessings from afar
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    1229 days ago
  • v 2WHEELEDSHARON
    Pat, I'm so sorry no fat ladies have sung for you yet, but when she does, it will be a blissful chorus worth hearing. I hope everyone in the greater Portland area sleeps well, especially you. Did I mention that I'm sending lots of hugs?!
    1229 days ago
  • v DEBBIEANNE1124
    I'd be interested ins eein a video of the procedure he had done on his hip.

    I sure hope the roads are clear and no bumps along the way.

    Best of luck tomorrow
    1229 days ago
  • v ANHELIC
    Hi Pat,
    Glad DH is doing well, but feel bad he had to stay another night in hospital. You are both in my prayers and praying that you will be able to come home tomorrow, so you can both be in your bed.
    Lord, I lift up Pat and DH as they travel on their way home. Please go before them, keeping them safe as they make their journey home. Amen.
    Joan
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    1229 days ago
  • v JANRTEACH
    I'm so glad you are safe!!! emoticon
    1229 days ago
  • v MILLISMA
    Sorry you didn't make it home since that is sure to help the healing process. As the saying goes - "there's no place like home". Hopefully you will get a good night's sleep, DH will do fine, the weather will clear and you'll be snug in your own bed tomorrow night.

    hugs to you and DH.....Mary Anne
    1229 days ago
  • v LJCANNON
    emoticon It has certainly been an adventure for both of You!! So glad that you have a Safe, Warm place and an Understanding Team at the Hospital and the Hotel.
    Will be keeping you all in my Prayers!
    1229 days ago
  • v ANNIE924
    Hi Pat: I know you must be exhausted, I hope you are able to get some rest.

    So sorry your husband had to stay another night. but it sounds as if his hip is doing fine. Hate to say it but I had the same problem after my surgery, had to have the catheter reinserted, nasty business emoticon One more day though and I was fine.

    How was the La Quinta, I work for them -making group and tour reservations at a call center. I've got a couple of free nights in Portland but haven't used them yet. I'm glad they have the hospital shuttle so you didn't have to drive again tonight in the snow.

    Take care and hope you both get to go home tomorrow.


    1229 days ago
  • v MOMMA_BEAR_69
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your DH. Hopefully you will be able to get a good night's sleep and rest without interruptions and that you will be able to take DH home safely tomorrow. Then things can get back to normal for you both.
    Blessings, prayers and hugs,
    Helen
    1229 days ago
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