Sunday, June 12, 2011

Oh Hippy Day!!

Wow! What a ride the past week has been!

I've written that Señor B had a hip replacement last June and has been waiting for the other one to be done. We hadn't heard anything from the Hip and Knee Clinic since Jan when he called them to see if he was far enough down on the list for us to be able to go to México in Feb.

They called us the end of May to say he had his pre-op class on June 6th. At pre-op, they told us they still didn't have a date for him. But we do know, from experience, that pre-op means surgery is upcoming.

Tuesday, the day after pre-op, we got a phone call from the Health Unit, telling us we could pick up the walker and tub bench he'd need after his surgery which was scheduled for June 23rd. I told the nurse that the day before, the H&K clinic didn't have a surgery date for us. She said the health unit never knows about surgery before the patient and we both thought it was rather odd. I told her that June 23 was Señor B's surgery date last year and was she sure her paper said 2011 and not 2010? She was sure.

So, on Wed morning, Señor B called the H&K clinic to confirm. They told him his surgery would be July 6th. WOOOO HOOOO!!!!! We have a date!!! Señor B gets home from work before I do and he called me about 6pm to tell me that there was a message on the home phone. He has a new date. June 10th. As after tomorrow.

OMG! I was already working late Wed but, after I was finished my clients, I had to call my boss to let her know. Then I called my two senior ladies who come for their Friday morning sets, to see if they could come Thurs instead. They could. I had a few other things to take care of before I left town so I didn't get  home until about 8pm. I had started at 8:30am so it was a very long day.

I don't usually work Thursdays but I had to take care of those two ladies and then call all my clients who were already scheduled for Friday and for the next 2 weeks, as I'm taking 2 weeks off to be nurse-maid.

Señor B and I both got home around noon so we could make the 3 hour drive into the city in the afternoon. He had some phone calls to make and then we left. We rented a hotel room for 2 nights and I had to drive in the city. Ugh! I hate driving that big @ss truck of ours in the city. But I managed.

He was scheduled for 10:30am instead of 3pm like his previous one. He was happy about that. He has to fast from midnight and, last time, he was getting pretty hungry by 3pm. Surgery and recovery is about 3 hours so, like last time, I went shopping. There's a mall close to the hospital so I just walked over.

Surgery was a success. He was in more pain today than yesterday, but they tell us that's normal. He's doing extremely well with his physio and, barring any unforeseen circumstances, he should be able to come home Monday.

The running joke for the past couple of years is that when he gets his new hips, we can tango. I always accompany that with a couple of dance steps, with one hand on my tummy and the other out, as if I'm holding a partner's hand. Now that he's got his new hips, I've been telling him, "Tomorrow? We tango. Next week? We two-step. In 3 months, when you're all healed? We'll hulaaaa."  I'm thinking I might have to wear a hula outfit when I go pick him

Recovery at home is about 6 weeks and three months before he can golf or do anything that involves rotating at the hips. The one thing we're both really, really looking forward to is being able to do lots of walking and exploring when we're in México. We haven't been able to do much of that for several years and we're looking forward to all the places we'll get to go and all things we'll get to see.

It's been a very hippy, hippy 2 days. :-)