Perhaps the powers that be will let my the title of my post remain today. Perhaps not. I find it easier to determine if I have read a post someone else has written if the post has a title. Plus titles can be catchy, as in catching readers?
The past few days, I have been arranging this, that and the other in preparation for this hip replacement surgery. Even so when I arrived at the office of my primary care physician (the guy we used to call the GP), the order for the pre-operative exam had not been transmitted. Fortunately, the GP office caught the surgeon before he left on vacation and he quickly sent the letter requesting the exam to the GP (the letter he told me he would write the same day I saw him…Monday). Also, the scheduler had dropped the ball because she told me Tues and Wed AM she was sending something to my GP.
Yes, I know they are busy and sometimes they forget, so I have taken matters into my own hands and began making arrangements for activitites i am to take prior to surgery, such as signing up for the class for all scheduled hip replacement patients. The class will cover things such as the list of facilities that handle PT for joint replacement patients. i have discovered that not all nursing homes are “good” for those needing specialized care including therapy following surgery, accidents, etc.
Most nursing homes deal with patients with memory loss or something similar. Very different setup. We discovered this the hard way when I found David in an Alzheimer’s unit the last time he had joint replacement surgery and I had him moved to a facility for PT. What an awful experience.
So, I am doing what I can to be proactive (although that word is now banned in many quarters). Planning and not letting circumstances dictate. This is the best I can do.