Dear friends and family,
Yesterday it was hospital admissions, IV, spinal anesthesia, operating room.
The orderlies wheeled Barry out of surgery with a new left knee in the afternoon, a brand new spanking total knee replacement.
What a long day it was for both of us, hours of waiting interspersed with nurses and doctors.
Headed to the hospital as soon as I finish sipping this hot cup of coffee and writing this blog.
Some of you remembered that we were off to the hospital this week, but a few of you were starting to get worried when I hadn’t posted since Monday.
Please don’t worry if blogs aren’t as regular in upcoming days–Barry will be starting a very intensive physical therapy regime and Nurse Kathy shall be at his side, cheerleading.
Oh, I suppose you want to know what the doctor discovered inside the knee when he operated. His bone-on-bone scenario did not look good, and there was much more inflammation than thought.
After the operation he found himself on a machine that moves his knee up, down, again, up, down, again, always moving. This new-fangled machine (please do not ask its name) helps rehabilitate knee replacements much better than only physical therapy. So explained the medics.
We hope the old leg will begin to like the new knee. He’ll be scheduling a right knee replacement, hopefully some time this summer.
I left the hospital last night–exhausted–how can waiting around make someone so tired?–before the
torturerers nurses roused my husband onto his new knee to briefly walk. If that didn’t happen before he slept–hopefully he slept–then the physical therapists will be around this morning.
The hospital staff has truly been so friendly and cooperative! Everywhere I went yesterday, staff and families alike smiled so kindly. Thinking very positively about Marquette General Hospital here in our Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
OK, just wanted to update you all about Barry’s surgery before returning to the hospital.
Hope all is well with everyone. I probably won’t have time to respond individually to the comments, but will perhaps add some updates under the comments.
Off to see our patient!