Last Thankful Thursday I told you about MOMD’s upcoming surgery. I stand by everything I said then regarding medical care in this country and support of family and friends.
We felt very prepared as to what to expect because of a consultation with the surgeon’s nurse the week of the surgery. At no point did we feel rushed and we were encouraged to ask as many questions as we needed answered.
Waiting rooms can be scary places.
It’s likely that every patient and the person accompanying him/her would rather be in any of a dozen places other than this place.
Before the day is done the patient is going to be rendered incoherent, have a portion of his/her body poked, cut, zapped with a laser, sawn, stitched, woken back up and told to go home, put uncomfortable ice packs on the body part that was just subject to the aforementioned list of possibilities and, oh, by the way, that fun just cost at least $3000.
The scary part for the chauffeur of said patient is that somehow she has to listen to instructions and information about all the possible things that could go wrong once she gets her patient home-without having her eyes glaze over. She attempts to concentrate on what the health care professional is advising rather than fainting from hunger because she knows her wonderful brother in law is in the waiting room with a fast food offering in hand.
It is up to the chauffeur to drive cautiously so that said patient does not become overly agitated. This is difficult during snowbird season.
Once in the driveway of the home-turned- infirmary the chauffeur must now get her patient into the house, fed, packed with ice (just the surgery site-he isn’t after all a fish filet) and safely ensconced in a recliner. The chauffeur should not worry and must put aside all the fears that crept in because she knows she is ill equipped to nurse this MOHD to health. She remembers she went to college to become an educator because medical stuff was never her thing…one of the reasons she has such a great respect for those who chose healing as their life’s work.
It has been almost a week. I’m sure that the update really should have been about the patient and how he has fared!
I am here to tell you that he is doing marvelously. We are grateful that he is in so much less pain than we expected. He will have much work to do to regain range of motion but he is a good patient. He does as he is told. He will work hard at physical therapy and he has a great sense of humor.
Thank you for your prayers and thoughts.