Thursday, January 17, 2013
The extra night stay was to monitor a bladder problem but all in all it was a really good call by the surgeon.
It meant I went back to the hotel in the Shuttle bus while it was still running. The roads were awful. I only left the van because I did not want to take it out of the covered car park. That morning I had a hard time to scrape off the ice and open the doors so that worked well for us.
It also meant that as soon as I was there I asked the nurse to walk DH out in the hallway. I did ask PT to come and give me advice for getting in to the mini van. That was a good call because I never thought about reclining the seats to make more space for him to maneuver to get in. I also put the seat back to Maximum leg room, another good piece of advice.
I went back and forth and there were more than 6,000 steps on my pedometer the hospital was an absolute Maze.
The procedure was supposed to be minimally invasive surgery. It was carefully explained to me and it sounded first class till they said it was day surgery just 23 hours. I feel sure that DH needing to stay made a very big difference in how he was able to get in to the van and also to get from our garage to the deck and in to the house. Yesterday I was really afraid to think how to do it on my own. That lone extra day was such a bonus, by then he was more flexible and very much more confident.
I stayed away from the PT sessions for DH. I left the therapist to do her stuff and tell DH what he needed to do. Doing it that way as soon as she left I asked him what he had to do.
By asking him to share it I learned what to do and he remembered what the therapist told him so that seemed to help him remember just by asking him what she said to him. That was an eye opener because he usually says he forgot but he did not so he educated me. Way to go. !
Now it is bed time. A totally different bed to get in to, another challenge for both of us. We will see how it will work for him.
Tonight is the coldest night of the year and I am feeling it. I must switch on my blanket and get my sleeping beauty out of the recliner and in to the bed.
Thanks for the great support, HUGS Pat in Maine.