D-Day -1

After we spent the morning at the hospital where the very efficient registrar took my information (thus obviating the need to do it at check-in). Another technician drew blood for ‘type and cross’ lest I need a blood tranfusion tommorrow. She then put a special plastic band on my wrist (allergies) and gave me a packet of six cloths saturated with a 2% solution of Chlorhexidine Gluconate for my patient preoperative skin preparation.

David and I put clean sheets on my bed this morning. Tonight I am to bathe then rub my body all over with the six cloths. Then dress in clean night clothes and crawl into my clean sheets. Tomorrow morning, I am to repeat the process at the hospital.

Meanwhile, I have consumed my last cup of coffee until I come home, hopefully Saturday (check out time is 11:00). I will drink tea in the hospital…they make lousy coffee, and the tea is slightly better.

Yes, that’s two days. My surgery is scheduled for 7:30 AM and they promise to have me on my feet for my first PT session by tomorrow afternoon.

51NB2CG1B4L__SY355_I found with the full hysterectomy in 1986, that the best thing I could do was walk, walk, walk.  Ditto the post-stoke phase of recovery. Getting around the block was my “BIG” goal. To assist me with this hip replacement, I bought a rollator. Well, actually, I bought two of them, one for indoors, the other for outdoors (to be stored in the back of my car). Both of them have seats. One of the cuts to Medicare (to help fund Obamacare) is that the government no longer pays for medical equipment for seniors, thus, I have been purchasing my gear online, via Amazon.

I ordered the hip kit (mentioned a day or two ago), the two rollators, a toilet frame (we had the seats permanently raised eons ago, so I don’t need a raised seat), and a body sized pillow, which I will not use as it is impossible to turn over with it.


Brother D sent the message below:

Things we can learn from a dog

Never pass up an opportunity to go for a joy ride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

When loved ones come home, run to greet them.

Let others know when they have invaded your territory.

Take naps and stretch before rising.

Run, romp and play daily.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you are not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, sit close and nuzzle them gently.

Thrive on attention, and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree.

When you are happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

No matter how often you are scolded, don’t buy into guilt or pout. Run back and make friends.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.


13 thoughts on “D-Day -1

  1. By now you are probably finished with surgery and on your feet, running up and down the hall! That medical equipment thing must have just happened. I have an elderly friend who just got her walker, like yours, replaced by Medicare. She said it was almost an automatic thing, that they deliver it to her door.


  2. Looking forward to your being able to enjoy round-the-block adventures.

    After a little consideration of Obamacare, I appreciated the doggy tips and accompanying chuckles. I have to put those tips up for a daily reminder, AND get in better form for the dancing around and wagging!


  3. love the doggy example. I shall copy and paste the advice for myself; dogs are such intelligent creatures, they can teach us a thing or two.

    Not long now Dianne, Fingers crossed, you’ll be racing round the block before you can say ‘Jack Robinson’.


  4. I’m so glad I missed out on the wipe me all over stuff. Glad tho that I had PT before coming home too. By the time I got home,. I could climb stairs with the best of them. Yes, I have a Rollator….with the cheapie brakes. Yes, Walking is the key to getting better. As soon as the doc freed me, I lept into the pool and overdid. LOL Now I am up to 20 minutes in the pool, and I can walk around the block. Lots of hugs from here.


  5. Sounds like a good hospital.

    I didn’t realise a caesarian was considered major surgery so I was up and about at the first opportunity and recovered faster than some of the other mothers.

    You sound well-prepared; I wish you good health and a quick recovery.

    Love the dog stuff!


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