It was SO nice actually sleeping in my own bed (even though my house is unrecognizable with the tons of medical equipment everywhere). Lots to learn when you go through this procedure.
I listened to an interview with Alec Baldwin after he had his hip replaced. He basically said, "You have pain before surgery, then you have pain after surgery and then you have pain in rehab ... basically its a smorgasbord of pain."
I'm in the smorg' part of the smorgasbord.
So here's what they give you at home to help ...
The purpose is to prevent pneumonia or respiratory infections (I guess) after surgery. The object is to take slow breaths and fill your lungs while you keep the little blue ball floating in the middle of the handle.
Gives new meaning to "This blue ball thing really SUCKS."
It looks like a holster attached to a loud machine that circulates ice cold water.
Debbie wanted to save money on this one so I think ours came from 7-Eleven and twice a day a blue Slurpee drips out into my lap.
To prevent blood clots and swelling, these support stockings are worn for 16 hours a day. One size and one color. No way in hell I could get these on or I'd bust open my sutures, so Debbie has to do this every day.
Yes, to get her to do it, I have to promise I'll do whatever she wants for the rest of my life. Typically, Debbie doesn't curse ... but lately she is speaking in tongues and can now move her head 360 degrees.
I caught her last night trying to strap them around my throat.
This is a tool that picks up stuff that you can't reach and keeps you from bending over. I love to pinch Debbie when she walks by.
Funny thing ... the night I took this picture was the same night she got confused about the compression cuff around my throat.
How depressing that I have finally BECOME my Dad.
.... oh well ... beats the alternative (becoming my MOTHER!)
All is good ... MANY THANKS TO ALL MY WELL WISHERS. LOVE YOU GUYS.