David: Day 2 at Straub Hospital

When I arrived at David’s room on Day 2 (Friday) of his stay at Straub Hospital, I found him sitting on a chair with his legs stretched out:

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Note these white things on his feet. They are supposed to stimulate his blood circulation in order to prevent blood clots:

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The occupational therapist came and told him how to sit on this commode, which was wider and higher than usual to accommodate a tall guy like David, who is 6’1” tall:

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Then, the physical therapist came and listened to David complain about feeling uncomfortable sitting in the chair. The PT rearranged the furniture, and told David to sit on the bed.  I pointed out that David’s fly was wide open.  The PT got a safety pin, and David pinned his fly together:

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The PT made David walk up and down the corridor. In the morning, he walked 200 feet, but in the afternoon, he walked 300 feet, quite an accomplishment:

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David said his right leg felt stiff and hurt a lot when he walked. He had to stop every now and then to rest during his walk.  He continues to take oxycodone, a narcotic pain medication, every four hours or as needed.  Here he is in bed, relaxing after his exhausting walk:

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Dr. Cass Nakasone, the surgeon, stopped by and saw this sign on the wall. He told David that he was very impressed that he could walk 300 feet.  He said that his knee had looked very bad before surgery, but surgery made it better:

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David likes to look at the menu. He is allowed to order anything on the menu, and room service is available from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm.  He recently ordered a Chinese chicken salad, pot roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, apple crisp and two scoops of ice cream:

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His sodium level on Friday morning was a concern, because it was lower than normal. The nurse attributed it to drinking too much water.  He was told to restrict his water intake.  However, in the afternoon, another blood test showed that his sodium level was normal. He thinks it is because he ate a pizza for lunch.

He says that the WiFi at Straub is intermittent, and he has trouble downloading stuff on his iPad:

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Good news: David might be discharged this afternoon (Saturday).  We’ll see if it actually happens.

7 Responses to “David: Day 2 at Straub Hospital”

  1. DJan Says:

    That would be wonderful, to be able to come home after only two days in the hospital. He seems to be doing very well indeed. Glad to hear it! 🙂

  2. Olga Says:


    Glad this all went so well for both of you.

  3. SchmidleysScribblins Says:

    Geez, I couldn’t even see my iPad after surgery. The anesthetic makes me crazy!

  4. dkzody Says:

    My goodness, David certainly has an appetite. That should help with his healing process and getting him back on his feet real soon.

  5. Christine Says:

    Good to know things are going well!

  6. Carole Says:

    He looks great! Total knee replacement is no picnic. So glad that he is making good progress and walking. I’m sure his spirits are lifted by your visits 🙂

  7. Kay G. Says:

    Hey, hope the hospital stay is over and you are both at home.
    Best wishes to David for a full recovery. Looks like he is doing good!

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