Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Home sweet home

The staff at North Kansas City Hospital were all wonderful and caring.  The food was great as hospital food goes.  But you know how it is in a hospital:  There is NO privacy.  Somebody has to help you bathe and get to the bathroom, because you could fall and hurt yourself and they would be responsible.  But it does feel so good to be able to go to the bathroom alone!  I feel like half the population of North Kansas City has been mooned by me in the last couple of days, thanks to those open-down-the-back hospital gowns.
I'm doing fine so far.  Of course, as with any surgery, I must be on guard against infection and blood clotting.  This is why I am not shouting from the housetops about what a wonderful recovery I've had, because things could still go wrong.  Not that I expect that, mind you.  I'm on Warfarin to prevent clotting.  
I became somewhat anemic while in the hospital, so it turned out to be a good thing that I had some of my own blood harvested at the blood bank; I received both pints last night as I slept.  I don't have a lot of pain; I'm using a walker and getting around well.  The only time my pain level gets high is when I'm doing the rehab exercises; believe me, they hurt.  But as a hospital worker lectured me, "This is your only chance to get the rehab right; if you don't do it now, you can't go back and fix the problems caused by neglecting it."  
A home health worker will come to the house for a couple of weeks and do some therapy with me, and also keep track of my blood count and vitals.  Cliff stayed home this evening; he'll go to work tomorrow evening, but Granddaughter Natalie is going to come out on the school bus and babysit me and spend the night. 
And that's about all I have to report tonight.

9 comments:

Mo Rage said...

Virtually all good news. Terrific. Good for you. Glad you're home--"be it ever so humble".

Now, relax. Enjoy relaxing. Take it easy while you can. (And keep us posted).

Best...

TARYTERRE said...

Welcome Home. Now try not to overdo it. RELAX. Take things nice and easy. Hopefully your recovery will go smoothly with no complications. You'll be in my thoughts & prayers.

Margaret said...

Great to hear! Don't overdo except on the rehab. It really does make a difference!

Forty Pound Sack said...

So glad you're home! Here's to a speedy recovery ~

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I hope that with being at home you had a wonderfully good nights sleep. It's amazing how fast you got sent home. Glad they are coming to you for the therapy and that your granddaughter is coming over to help out too.

patsy said...

i am glad you are home and doing well.

Vicki said...

Nothing beats coming home and sleeping in your own bed. Happy to hear that all is going well. Take care. Vicki

Paula said...

So glad everything is going fine, take care.

Lori said...

It sounds like you are in good hands!