For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wednesday afternoon Edward had an appointment at the orthopedic surgeons office to remove his staples. One the nurse looked at his wound she said that she wanted the doctor to look at things before she pulled the staples out. Normally the staples come out after 10 days which would have been on Thanksgiving. Additionally with the issues we had with the staples moving and drainage the doctor decided to leave the staples in a few extra days until Monday. I had fun giving the doctor a hard time about the lackluster stapling job.
It does look like his right leg is a little longer than the left. It is a ‘complication’ of surgery that they try to avoid but does occur. Sometimes when things settle the leg length discrepancy gets smaller but he may need a small lift in one shoe to compensate. Other than that everything looks really good. The x-rays looks excellent and the doctor was pleased with his progress. He got the ok to shower and start out patient therapy on Monday.
That evening Edward was feeling up to joining the rest of the family at his sister Liz’s house for the annual ‘night before Thanksgiving wine drinking festival’. So we bundled him into the car and drove over. Everyone was amazed at how good he looked and how much he had progressed since they saw him in the hospital. We shared a bottle of wine……..ok, Edward had a glass and I drank the rest but still……….
It only took an hour or so to wear him out so we were home by 10:30.
That night we finally turned a corner on his sleeping. Prior to that night he had been waking up a lot at night. And I mean A LOT. Plus he was often up for a couple of hours in the middle of the night. But Wednesday night he slept………and was only up a couple of times!!! We even stayed in bed until 1o am on Thanksgiving day!!! Woohooooooo…….it was excellent!
When we finally got up I put cinnamon rolls in the oven and we relaxed for a while. It felt so good to not have anyplace to go and to have all day to just be together.
Thanksgiving dinner was on the table by 4 pm and we sat down together to give thanks for everything we are thankful for. Edward gave thanks to God for bringing me into his life and added that he loved me very much. (Awwwwwww) Then we ate wayyyyyyyyyy too much food as usual. I made a small turkey with cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes & gravy, broccoli rice casserole, fruit salad and rolls. I even made a buttermilk pie for dessert…..but only one!
That pretty much wrapped up our day…..we took an early evening nap and even went to bed early.
Edward had another great night sleep on Thursday night (YAY). Friday was another quiet day at home. Physical Therapy came by to work him out in the early afternoon. Alan gave him quite a workout!
He said that Edward was ‘eons’ a head of most people at this stage and he had no doubt that he was going to do great. It was a sad good-bye to this physical therapist. He has done incredible work with Edward and I will always be grateful to him.
The pain in the incision site is almost non-existant….what he struggles more with is muscle pain in his thighs and buttocks as well as swelling in his surgical leg. He is still using pain medication but it is decreasing in frequency.
I started getting out the Christmas decorations on Friday and that continued the rest of the weekend. Fortunately, I had enough for thought last year to put must of the totes on the side of the garage instead of in the attic. At this point everything with the exception of the big tree is up and the house smells wonderful!
Edward decided to tackle taking a shower and, true to form, didn’t wait for me to make sure he got safely into the shower. I know he is independent and wants to do things on his own but I was worried (and still worry) and him slipping and falling. But he did it! He said it felt fantastic to take a full shower.
For whatever reason, home health didn’t call or come this weekend so it was up to me to change out his bandages and clean the sutrues……the bandages don’t look quite as good as when the professionals put them on but they are adequate!
Vanessa, the girls and Patsy stopped by for a visit on Friday afternoon. It was fun to play with Lilly and Guili for a while. Lilly got to the door before everyone else and Edward and I had fun pretending we didn’t know who she was.
She said “My name is LILLY!” and I turned to Edward and said. “Do we have any grandchildren named Billy?” He said he didn’t think that we did. She came stomping right over and said “YOU KNOW ME…..I”M LILLY!” Lol, she is at an age where it is fun to mess with them.
Lilly watched ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ and then made me read books to her for a while until it was time for them to leave. It was a nice visit.
Friday evening we just watched movies and rested before going to bed. He didn’t sleep quite as good on Friday night for some reason, even falling asleep on the sofa for a while. It’s hard for him to lay in the one position that this surgery requires so sometimes sleeping someplace else helps him.
There is so much work to do on a day-to-day basis to stay on top of things. It feels like I hardly ever sit down. There are always soda’s to get, pills to dispense, laundry to do, dishes to wash, meals to prepare, floors to sweep or a whole other list of chores to do. It is exhausting just keeping up with everything. I never feel like I am all caught up. Add to that not sleeping well it’s safe to say I feel exhausted most of the time.
So now it is Saturday evening and Edward decided to take a nap by himself. (For the first time post-surgery……sob…….sob…..sob) Left to my own devices I have cleaned up everything that needs to be cleaned, washed everything that needs to be washed and opened a bottle of wine and it tastes fantastic!
Our big cold front has roared through and the temperatures are dropping and the winds are howling. It’s really starting to feel like Christmas outside!!!! We may see freezing temperatures tonight, I’ll keep my fingers crossed!
I have one more day to be at home with my baby……I wish we were wealthy enough that I could just quit work and stay home with him for a while. It would make like so much easier!
Oh well, Edward is up so it’s time to get some quality snuggle time in.