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FIL/Dad report

Thursday, August 22, 2013

OK, a much better story to tell. Dad is doing well. The surgeon came in about 4 and answered all our questions. He also showed us an xray of Dad’s new hardware and explained in detail what they did. I have to say that compared to the MRI we saw of Dad’s spine before the surgery, things looked pretty good. Dad was alert and in no pain or discomfort. Probably the pain meds still working, but I was amazed at how he behaved.

Assuming all is well in the morning, Dad will be sent home around 2pm by ambulance. He needs to stay off his feet completely for two weeks so there is no downward pressure on his spine. We have arranged for nursing care at his house 24X7 for the whole two weeks. We also have the nutritionist preparing meals for Dad for the next two weeks as well. We will set up his computer at his bedside so he will have access to email, phone, and movies whenever he wants. Near the end of the two weeks, he will be fitted with a back brace that he will wear for some period of time. There will also be some in home physical therapy at some point.

I looked the doctor in the eye today and asked, “are you happy with your work” and his answer was “very, very, happy. David will have much less pain if any at all”. Now, I know this was the surgeon speaking, but he conveyed a sense of accomplishment and pride in his work. He even told us he could pay the hospital on his credit card and we could pay him back later if needed.

Anyway, this day started out looking pretty bleak but after seeing Dad, talking to him, talking to the doctor, and seeing the xray, we left the hospital feeling pretty good. It will be a lousy two weeks for Dad but he will endure. Thankfully we have access to in home nursing services at a reasonable price.

So feeling much better today about the results.

Off to walk the dogs then get ready to go to the hospital.

Hope you all have a good day. Stay healthy!
Sallie
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ALEXSGIRL1 8/24/2013 7:51PM

    wishing your father in law love

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JANIEWWJD 8/24/2013 12:23AM

    Praise be to God!!! I am so happy for your FIL!!!! emoticon

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GAYEMC 8/23/2013 10:33AM

    That's great news Salli! I'm sure if he has no (or little) pain this all will be worth it.

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DJ4HEALTH 8/22/2013 10:14PM

    Glad that it is good and that he will not be in pain!

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CIRANDELLA 8/22/2013 9:46PM

    Oh, so good to hear that things are looking up for your FIL, Sallie! All the best :) emoticon

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MEADSBAY 8/22/2013 6:19PM

    Yay!
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GINIEMIE 8/22/2013 5:56PM

    Prayers for you and your FIL as well as the rest of the family.
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DESERTDREAMERS 8/22/2013 3:47PM

    Better news for sure emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/22/2013 3:39PM

    Glad to hear some positive news! Keeping you and your family in my prayers xx

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GREGSWIFE2003 8/22/2013 2:56PM

    Wonderful news!! Thanks for the update.

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SKATER787 8/22/2013 2:13PM

    That's the beauty of being in Mexico. Quality care and labor cost is affordable. Excellent. emoticon

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PMFISH 8/22/2013 2:02PM

    Way to go FIL! So happy to hear the good news for him. Great you can have nursing care for him, instead of you having to try and fill that bill. Two weeks will go by quickly and before you know it he will have his back brace and be up and going. At least those are the prayers for him.

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PEGGYO 8/22/2013 1:51PM

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ROCKYCPA 8/22/2013 1:37PM

    So happy the news was good and things are looking up!

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FIT4MEIN2013 8/22/2013 1:05PM

    God is good! Thank you for keeping us informed.

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MLDRLD 8/22/2013 12:59PM

    So glad that things are looking brighter now than previously.

Your family and you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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LIS193 8/22/2013 12:08PM

    So glad to hear everything went well and there is a positive outlook. Getting round the clock care and meals for him is a great idea - you have enough to worry about yourself! Now you can visit him and be relaxed that he is being taken care of.

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WHITEANGEL4 8/22/2013 12:05PM

    So glad the news turned encouraging. I know you all will take good care of him

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SAM60SUMTHINK 8/22/2013 11:59AM

    Wonderful news, Sallie!


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PEZMOM1 8/22/2013 11:52AM

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BAMAJAM 8/22/2013 11:06AM

  Such good news about your FIL-- He is truly blessed to have such wonderful care, and I mean such wonderful care from you--too! My dear son tore his Achilles tendon and has many weeks of recovery ahead, and he is learning to maneuver on crutches.
Healing takes time, and patience. Best wishes for your FIL!

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JUDY1676 8/22/2013 11:04AM

    Wow, Sallie! That is great news! Hope the next weeks go well!

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JANET552 8/22/2013 10:02AM

    I'm glad things are looking so bright! It will be a tough two weeks but it sounds like the end result will be good so it will be worth it.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/22/2013 9:42AM

  Very glad that things are much more positive. Yes, it will be a difficult 2 weeks, but things are in place to make it less so. Thanks to YOU!

HUGS and prayers continue.

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