Discharged from the hospital

David was discharged from Straub Hospital Saturday afternoon. Here is my last photo of him in his hospital bed:

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He was transported by wheelchair to the circular driveway in front of the hospital. I picked him up in my car and we drove home.  Here are photos of him in our house, trying to make it to his favorite chair:

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And this is David, wearing his beloved headphones, flipping channels with his TV remote, and using an ice pack on his surgical knee:

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These are the 10 drugs I have to give him daily:

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On Sunday, I changed the bandage on his wound.  Note the staples holding the wound together.  It’s not bleeding and it’s not infected.  The doctor did a good job, in my opinion:

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On Sunday, he lost his balance and almost fell to the floor. Fortunately, he was able to brace himself on the dining table until I brought his walker to him.  Obviously, he must not try to stand and walk without the walker again.  If he does fall, I will have to call the firemen to pick him up from the floor.

Today, I have an appointment with my gastroenterologist at Straub. Maria will come here to help her father while I am gone.

Tomorrow, I will drive David to the first of many physical therapy sessions.  He is not allowed to drive himself until he stops taking narcotic pain medication (oxycodone).

10 Responses to “Discharged from the hospital”

  1. Olga Says:

    My friend is having her knee replacement this week and I am worried about her recovery period. We thought she could be in a rehab facility for a week or so to get her physical therapy but apparently insurance doesn’t allow that anymore. She lives alone and she quite easily convinces herself that she can drive if has been a while since she had her pain meds or she has just had cataract surgery. Her friends are lining up to each spend a night with her.

  2. Hattie Says:

    You need help. Jesus.

  3. Christine Says:

    Glad the recovery is going well, be careful David! wow, ten meds.

  4. Carole Says:

    I’m sure he is glad to be home! Hopefully his recovery is quick and uneventful. PT will be very helpful for him.

  5. Linda Reeder Says:

    David has been through this before, so you both know what to expect. That’s a good thing. He knows how important it is to do the physical therapy .

  6. SchmidleysScribblins Says:

    Good grief, that’s some wound. His knee joint must be very large. Hurts to look at it.

  7. Kay g, Says:

    Oh I am glad he was able to catch himself! Take care, both of you!

  8. Tom Sightings Says:

    Oh boy, that’s one heck of a zipper. Tell him, good luck and all the best with his recovery and the physical therapy.

  9. Joared Says:

    Glad he’s doing so well following surgery. Sure hope he stays on his feet when he’s up and about — use that walker! Good that you realize you must ask for help when needed. Hope your appt goes well.

  10. DJan Says:

    He does look like he’s happy to be home. I think he’ll be staying with that walker so that he doesn’t fall! Glad he was able to avert disaster. He’s lucky to have you around to help. 🙂

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