|Lots of paperwork from Home Health Care|
Home Health Care came by this morning.
They came by to show me how to clean and dress my wound from surgery.
I am so relieved. Having home health care is a much better option than staying in the hospital, where as you know one gets NO rest. Also, the hospital is full of germs. Plus, I'm in my own home which is way more conducive to recovery (familiar surroundings,etc) than a hospital. Generally I'm very pleased with the hospital that is caring for me but believe me, I'll opt for home health care. MY only other option is to go to a rehab center and I definitely don't want to go to one of those. My neighbor, who had hip replacement, spent some time in a rehab center but signed herself out and went home.
"Kaitlyn", the young lady from Home Health Services, came by this morning and spent about two and a half hours with me and Bill.
She showed me how to clean my wound, which is to be done every other day. I took some short videos, for me and Bill to look at, because we will have to clean my wound this Sunday and wrap it up. Kaitlyn said someone from Home Health Services will be by next Tuesday and Thursday and the following Tuesday and Thursday to clean and dress my wound. While she was cleaning my wound this morning she counted the number of staples I have in my incision. How many do you think? I can't stand to look at them but she counted them and said I had twenty five staples. Nice job Ron.
|Preparation for cleaning and dressing the wound|
Well, I still haven't pooped (surgery was on Tuesday). One of the wonderful side effects of pain killers is that they constipate you. I am constipated of course but I have stopped taking the pain killers. My pain level is down to a 2 or 3 (sometimes 4) and I can tolerate that. It's just when it gets up to 7 or 8 I reach for the pills. Kaitlyn advised me to drink a glass of warm prune juice to get my bowels moving again. Lovely subject for a family blog huh? Well you know me folks, I generally don't gloss over. Not at least where my bowels are concerned. I like to go every day, sometimes more than once.
I just got up from a very refreshing nap. Activities like this morning tend to drain me but Kaitlyn said it was important that I keep active around the house, keep the blood flowing. Even as I sit here at this computer desk with my left leg splayed out, it's good. One thing, I'm getting around good on my walker. But I am totally dependent on Bill for my food shopping. I can get my medication delivered to me, another fine service by the very aware medical community down here in Lower Slower. No hobbling to the pharmacy and waiting and waiting for my number to be called.
So here we are at Friday night folks. I won't be going out to the clubs tonight moonwalking. After dinner ("eat lots of protein", Kaitlyn advises me, "helps to heal faster"), I'll settle in for a movie night at the Tipton Cinema. That's what I usually do on weekends anyway.
One thing I'm really missing folks, besides my mobility (which I miss A LOT) is going to work. I may only work two days a week but I do so like going to work and being active. This couch potato lifestyle just isn't me.
Stay tuned folks, the saga continues. Today was a good day, for a Friday the 13th.