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OH it is so nice to be home again! -DH is doing great !.

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.
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    I never thought about reclining the seats. That is very good advice.
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    1921 days ago
    Good teacher technique, have student/patient teach what they have learned. It stays longer.

    emoticon to both of you.

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    1921 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Glad that The Both of You made it Home Safe and Sound. Staying the extra night made all the difference in the world for the better too. Praying for a speedy recovery too and Very happy DH is doing so well too. God Bless You and DH. Enjoy being in your own beds too. Get a Good Night Sleep and Rest Up from the trip. Have a Super Good Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1922 days ago
    Sounds Good Pat! Praying for rapid recovery for your DH, and that you both get peaceful healing sleep at night. Yes, it is bitter cold down in CT as well - 10 degrees this a.m. and near 0 tonight. Take care,
    1922 days ago
  • POOHGIRL1970
    Happy you and DH made it home...
    1922 days ago
    emoticon Great news Pat!
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  • PICKIE98
    Another miracle witnessed by all of us!!!!!!!!!!!
    1922 days ago
    Glad you are home safe & sound! Now, let the recovery begin! Please take special care & get some rest Pat! You're an angel!!!

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  • TERRI289
    So very happy that you are home!!! emoticon
    1922 days ago
    Yippie...... So glad you are now home and the recovery can really begin.

    I'll bet you are both looking forward to summer when you can walk the trail together again.....

    Stay warm and safe.
    1922 days ago
    I think that they want people discharged from the hospital way too soon and it's due to the insurance companies wanting to save money to pad their pockets.

    I hope you and your hubby can get a lot of rest the remainder of this week.
    1923 days ago
    So glad it went so well and you both are home safe and sound. We wil continue praying for a complete recovery, you guys stay warm and safe.
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    Glad you are both home safely. I thought he would stay more than they initially told you as my friend's husband did as well. Just think it is all uphill from here. The worst is over and in no time he will be back to normal or likely even better. Take care and don't forget to take care of you too!.

    1923 days ago
    hey if the sleeping beauty is really sleeping hard make up the recliner as a bed i sleep in mine for a year because it elevates the head for breathing better
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    1923 days ago
    PT (and even OT, should one want it) are little Miracle Workers! They have helped me and my mom at different times over the years and so I am happy to hear they were helpful for your husband. I hope he gets some follow-on PT out-patient sessions as needed! Don't be shy about asking his doctor for it if you think it is needed!!!


    1923 days ago
    emoticon glad you're home safe and sound! Sometimes more time is just needed! Glad you got it to make both you and DH more comfortable.

    HUGS and get well wishes for DH.
    1923 days ago
    I'm glad they kept him an extra day. There is such a push to get people out of the hospital early, but often that extra day makes for a much better outcome and prevents re-admissions for complications that could have been prevented by better patient and caregiver understanding or early detection of problems. Glad you are both doing well. emoticon
    1923 days ago
    So glad that all went well and that you are home again! Don't let him forget his PT exercises. So many times, patients stop exercising when the therapist isn't there to encourage them. Then, they lose the strength and mobility they have gained. He should have gotten a print out of the exercises and maybe will be continuing PT on an outpatient basis? That would be good!!
    That electric blanket sounds really good! You stay warm! We are going to be in the 60's today! Tell hubby we are all pulling for him to emoticon !!!
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    1923 days ago
    That second night in Portland was good for both of you! Glad everything is going well. Keep up the good work!
    1923 days ago
    emoticon Home Fred! emoticon
    1923 days ago
    This is all such good news!!! Hopefully, the recovery will continue smoothly and things will be back to normal!!!
    1923 days ago
  • SUNNY332

    Awesome that you have Fred home.

    Hope you both got a good night's rest.

    I will be thinking about you and praying all goes well.

    Hugs, Sunny
    1923 days ago
    So glad you are home,and hopefully on the mend-seriously...worked til 10 and then felt it was way too late to try and call. Will today. emoticon
    1923 days ago
    Pat, so glad everything went well and you are home. It does sound like a good thing that he stayed the extra night. I have been busy working and just got to catch up on your blogs. My hopes now for a speedy recovery!
    1923 days ago
  • BAKER1009
    This is all such wonderful news Pat!

    I hope everything goes smoothly for you at home now, you sure have done an excellent job at preparing! Looking forward to the updates! Thank you for the comment on my blog too!

    1923 days ago
    emoticon So glad you are home now.
    I'm sure that now DH will recover quickly.
    Hope you had a good night's sleep. emoticon
    1923 days ago
  • ANNIE924
    Well, what a relief, things always look better when you're in your own home don't they.

    Take care and I hope the rest of the recovery goes smoothly.

    It is extremely cold here this morning so I will bundle up when I go to work.

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    1923 days ago
  • GAMMY98
    This is all such good news. So glad things are working out so well for you 2.
    1923 days ago
  • KATHY024
    I'm so happy that this first part is all over and your DH is doing well. I thought the PT people at the hospital were like finding gold. Lots of very useful ideas you just don't think about.

    Take heart, you won't be sleeping in the other bedroom long I bet. I have no doubt that your hubby will do the exercises needed to keep everything flexing.

    Congrats!! emoticon

    1923 days ago
    such a relief it went well all the best stay well
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  • RD03875
    Glad everything went well
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    1923 days ago
    SUPER NEWS PAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Physical Therapy should always be between the aptient and the PT. I don't even like Robert to be with m during mine.

    I hope your DH learned quite a bit to keep strong.
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  • ALICIA214

    So glad that you are home safe and sound.

    1923 days ago
    Glad to hear DH is doing so well and it's home for the both of you. I know DH will be more comfortable with you at home. Keeping you both in prayer that things will continue getting better. It's snowing here and really cold out. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1923 days ago
    I'm so happy your DH is doing so well. It is a blessing all around that you had the extra day. I was so worried about your drive in ice and snow. Get some good rest so you'll be ok in the morning and as things start getting back to normal.
    1923 days ago
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