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Friday, July 25, 2014

on the mend

My knee replacement surgery on July 15 went well.  I came home on Friday, July 18.  I have nothing but good things to say about University of Michigan Hospital, the doctors, nurses, assistants, etc.   I had a  private room with a nice view. I didn't have much of an appetite while I was there, wish I would have.  U of M Hospital doesn't have the typical patient meal service. They have  Room Service. I had a large menu with many choices, I could order food 24 hrs. When they brought the food, they knocked on the door and announced, "room service".  It's been years since I have stayed overnight in a hospital so I was pleasantly surprised by the Room Service.

I am receiving in home nursing care and in home physical therapy. I have a nurse who comes 2 times a week, checks my incision, vitals, takes a blood sample and just visits to see how I am doing. I have a physical therapist that comes 3 times a week.  The first week of August I will start going out to physical therapy, 2-3 times a week for 2-3 weeks.  Next Thursday I have a checkup with the orthopedic surgeon and will have the staples removed.

I have to admit the pain has been pretty bad, but I am starting to feel better. I know it all takes time.  It took awhile to get my appetite back, that has made a big difference.

Dan has been a great caregiver. He is busy around here taking care of me, the house, the dogs, the list goes on.   He gave up his man cave ( aka Nautical Room) for me during this recuperation, so I could be downstairs and close to things. He moved Kelly's old bed in here.  It's quite cozy.  I think it will be a little while yet before I go upstairs and sleep in our room. Kelly has helped out with as well when she is home. 

I have had many friends and family stop by, pray for me, bring food. I have received lots of flowers, cards and gifts. I am blessed to have so many people care about me and care about Dan as well. 

I am looking forward to doing normal daily activities again and sleeping well at night.

 Take care everyone.
xoxo

10 comments:

  1. I'm so glad that things are improving. I'm sure that Dan doesn't mind giving up his man cave for just a bit! It is so great that home health and PT are available to come to the home. A great help, I'm sure. Take care

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  2. I am glad to read all went well. Keeping you in prayer. Blessings

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  3. Glad it's going as well as it has!

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  4. Hi Pam! I'm so glad to hear that you are on the mend. It sounds like you have a really wonderful support system in place. I'm so glad that Dan is giving you great care and helping around the house. :) Thinking of you often and praying for a speedy recovery. Lots of hugs!

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  5. Hi Pam! I'm glad things are getting better. You went through a huge thing, so I'm sure it takes time. I look forward to this all being just a memory for you, as you are out doing & enjoying the things you've not been able to do. You're blessed that you have Dan taking on the job of nurse. Please take care of yourself. Love you & sending big get well hugs!

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  6. Hi Pam. I saw your tag at Judy's. Glad you are feeling better. Nice that Dan and Kelly are taking care of you. Happy Sunday!

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  7. Hi Pam. Somehow I missed that you were having surgery. I know that once you are healed you will be so happy that you had it done. My mom has had both knees and a hip done and she is like a brand new (bionic :p ) person. Take care of yourself and enjoy being spoiled. :-) Hugs!

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