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All went well. It went better than well, DH is doing great.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The day began with NO SNOW! What a relief !
DH and I did the exercises on my bed it has a much firmer mattress that my back loves. Then I helped him to get ready to get out of the house down the steps and in to the minivan. We did fine, especially DH. He is still using the walker but doing much better with it.

The drive was sunny but the temperature was 5 degrees F.
The medical center car park was full there was no way I was letting him walk so I drove straight up to the door between the posts that were there to keep people out. I helped him out of the car and in to the building. Then I almost hit the foolish posts but I saw it in my mirror JUST IN TIME Woo Hoo.

The Surgeon's PA was very pleased , he removed the staples and after talking to DH he asked how my week had gone. I told him it was difficult. He asked why. I told him I had to help DH with exercises and his brace and now my back is killing me. He asked my why I did not have a therapist come in. I told him I was asked if DH had someone at home and I said yes-- ME!! The therapist told me to help DH do the exercises and it was definitely necessary in the beginning.

I told him I had a paper from the discharge summary and nothing was filled out or signed.
I was asked to bring round the car and the nurse would meet us down there. DH in the wheel chair had hold of some papers, I asked what they were and the nurse said his discharge instructions. I took them from him and we drove home. It was not until Friday I had thought to look at them. There were no instructions and no signatures, no PT name and no need for any rehab.
No place for our PC it just had typed in not in the system. She made the referral from the beginning so she should have been n the system.

I took the paper with me to show him and he thanked me. I told him DH and I had NO PROBLEM with the surgery at all. I told him I had no idea what I would have to be doing for DH, I never thought to tell anyone I had a back issue. I was only asked if there was someone for him at home.

He asked why I did not call and I showed him the paper there were no contacts typed in or signed. I knew the surgeon was on the West coast and the office was closed and it was now a long weekend so I knew the only place to go to was the Dr's office in town and it is staffed by medical student interns. I was more comfortable doing this myself than involving anyone else at that point.

He agreed and he showed DH a number of ways to do things differently and he and DH had a talk and now he is doing a lot more on his own after getting some tips from the surgeon's PA.

Tonight DH took off to the room and removed his brace and got on to the bed and did his exercises alone. Then he discovered he had new standing exercises to do and he did them in the living room where I am sparking,and he did great.

He is almost independent now, he is much more comfortable with the staples out and I feel LIBERATED !!!

Tomorrow I will be taking a very long bath and I will have a good day, so will DH.
Thanks for reading my blog.
I am so looking forward to my 28 day challenge in February.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GINIEMIE 1/25/2013 9:10PM

I hate when that happens, instructions with nothing written on the sheet. Sorry you had to experience it too. I hope you are doing some back strengthening exercises. Glad to hear Fred is able to do so much more for himself.

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POOHGIRL1970 1/25/2013 2:02PM

    Yeah for both of you. Enjoy your relaxing bath!

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CHAIRUL 1/25/2013 9:24AM

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Great blog! Love you guys!

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TERRI289 1/25/2013 8:37AM

    This blog made me very very happy!!! emoticon

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    He is really doing amazing. I'm glad the weather cooperated other than the cold temps. You will have more time for yourself now!

We may get some snow tonight.

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HARROWJET 1/24/2013 8:15PM

    Sounds like things are improving all round. emoticon

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UUCEEJAY 1/24/2013 6:32PM

    Wow, Fred is really doing well! I am amazed at how quickly he is up and around on his own. Glad things got easier for your back. emoticon

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NEEDSHELP52 1/24/2013 6:28PM

    Pat, Sounds so good!!! Sorry for your back though. Hope that starts feeling better now. Enjoy the bath! HUGS, Terry

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CHALLENGER15 1/24/2013 6:09PM

    DH was very lucky to have you, but shame on them for not getting those people filled out! That was THEIR fault....grrrrrrr!!!!

I am glad all is going well, my friend.

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PICKIE98 1/24/2013 5:47PM

    Lesson learned:Never, ever,ever, ever leave without going over every paper with staff. never let them rush you. make them explain,,

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CATHYINLA 1/24/2013 10:33AM



Sorry to hear you didn't get good instructions as you left. You should have had someone come in to do the therapy. Oh well you'll know if you ever need to do something like this again. Glad all is well and that DH is more independent. It is amazing how quick people heal these days. Now take a day for yourself to relax and recover.

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Take Care.


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MILLISMA 1/24/2013 9:47AM


What great news and emoticon for Fred!!! He is really doing great and it must feel so much better to have the staples out.

Hope you enjoyed your nice long bath. You did a great job from the beginning with all your prep to helping Fred with his recovery. You are a wonderful wife!

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GLASSART43 1/24/2013 9:39AM

I'm so glad Fred is doing well and things are easing up a bit for you.


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1CRAZYDOG 1/24/2013 9:26AM

    glad it went well! HUGS

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PYNETREE 1/24/2013 9:03AM

    Pat, emoticon Happy you both are recovering nicely. Continued Wishes for Fred's Healing and recovery!

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IOEINC 1/24/2013 8:29AM

    Great job Pat!! Despite your bad back you got your DH independent very quickly! Maybe you were a physical therapist in a past life??? So glad to hear that both of you are doing well!!

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BETHGILLIGAN 1/24/2013 8:18AM

    Sounds like he is making an amazing recovery!!! YAY!!! Good for him being more independent!!! That's a scary step after a surgery like that!! You need to rest! Snuggle in, stay warm and rest. You know, Pat, you should be very proud of yourself. All of your planning and hard work has paid off. You are amazing!!!! And Fred is lucky!! emoticon

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ANNIE924 1/24/2013 7:59AM

    Wow, great progress. Too bad that you weren't given more info on the discharge papers, it would have been much easier for both of you. But you must be so happy with his progress.

Take care and have a restful day.

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GOANNA2 1/24/2013 5:59AM

    So happy for you that the drive was good and that
hubby's staples are out and that he is doing so well.
Now, you need to look after yourself, so get some
rest before you begin the February challenge. emoticon

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KATHY024 1/24/2013 5:19AM

    Great news that your DH is progressing as he should!! Enjoy your bath break!! emoticon

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ROSEWCI 1/24/2013 5:16AM

    Get some rest Pat! Wishing a speedy recovery for DH! emoticon

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NASFKAB 1/24/2013 4:38AM

  great that its working out for you all the best praying for both of you

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BRENDAGAIL9 1/24/2013 2:00AM

    Good Job Pat! You took great care of Fred despite no instructions or phone numbers or referrals. You are a great nurse. I hope you didn't hurt your back too badly helping him.

I was worried that you would get a lot of snow from what I have been seeing about the extreme weather.

Enjoy your leisurely bath!

Chehalis, Wa

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ANHELIC 1/24/2013 12:42AM

    Great work you and DH are doing with him. He will be doing things by himself in no time. Good luck to you and I'm praying that things keep going well for you both. emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/24/2013 12:37AM

    I'm glad it all went well today. Woo Hoo! No problems at all. Bet you all feel well.

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LITTLEWIND53 1/24/2013 12:22AM

    I am so glad the drive went well. Yes, I have been hit by other vehicles going too fast, and not always in the winter conditions.

I am happy for both of you that the appointment went well and Fred is recoverating famously.......
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ARTJAC 1/23/2013 11:52PM

    great sounds like dh will be able to do lots of things by himself which will be good and you will be able to take care of your back emoticon emoticon

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EVWINGS 1/23/2013 11:44PM

    I am sooooo happy to read this today! i've been thinking about your trip all day. Fred sounds like a new man!!

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WOWEETOO 1/23/2013 11:27PM

    i think you already did that 28 day challenge in at getting that backi in shape again my friend
loves and hugs
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GRACEISENUF 1/23/2013 11:12PM

    Pat is that! Enjoy that long hot bath and pamper yourself, you deserve it!

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