My mom has a brand spanking new hip! It is time to rejoice. It has been a long time coming and this past Monday Dr. Peters at Salem Regional Medical Center gifted my mom with what will hopefully be a new lease on life.
Someone commented that they thought it looked like ET. Yep. Now I can not see anything else.
The good news is my mom is doing well after the hip replacement and we are all thrilled. She walked with a walker the afternoon of her surgery without pain. Of course she still had pain meds in her system but seeing the smile on her face was worth every mile traveled and every sleepless night.
The hospital staff have all been wonderful and very accommodating and helpful. The dietician kept telling her that she could have anything that she wanted to eat and that she could have it anytime. My mom is just not used to that kind of service and was amazed at how kind everyone who is helping her is. The dietician told her that it was like being on a cruise as long as she did not look out the window. That made me giggle.
I’ve been eating pretty well in the hospital cafeteria as well. It was a rainy, gloomy, cold Ohio day today and I had the obvious choice—grilled cheese, tomato soup and homemade chips with french onion dip. Oh yum.
Spending time in a hospital room can be wearing so today I brought some fronts for greeting cards that I had been working on and my mom helped with the coloring. She is such a perfectionist and was grumbling that hers were not perfect. I don’t care. I was just trying to give her something to do other than read and watch tv.
The best part of this week has been spending time with my mom. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. We are hopeful that she will be released to the rehabilitation center today and that the physical therapy will go well so that she can be back in her own apartment soon. If anyone would like to send her a card just let me know and I will send you her address. I know she would love to get a boatload of cards to help with her recovery.
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Am beyond thrilled at how well surgery went!!! Give my love to your mama – enjoy your precious time together!!!
Thank you so much, Kathy. I will pass along your well wishes. Hope to move her to Crandall today for her rehab. I know it won’t happen overnight but at least she will be someplace familiar and it will be easy for folks to come see her.
I would LOVE to send your mom a card! You can just message me her address through FB, and I’ll put a card in the mail to her. I’m so glad she’s doing well, and I’m sure you know just how blessed you are to have her in your life.
Sweet idea to have her help you with your cards….. sigh….
Thanks so much, Hilary!
It is great that you got to spend the time with your mom. I am sure that there were moments that were worrisome. I am thrilled to hear how well the surgery, staff, and your mom got along. I like the timing. Maybe she will be fully recovered and be able to walk the streets of Lakeside this coming June:)
I do hope that she will be feeling up to make the Lakeside trip. It would make the week complete if she came!
May her cruise to recovery
be swift and be sweet
and may the tides be kind
until she’s back on her feet.
Cruises we know,
can bring pleasure and joy
with this one came a new hip,
and not a baby girl or a boy!
Enjoy the Cruise!!
I love it!!! Thanks so much! I will share this with her later for sure!
I am so pleased to hear everything went well for your mom. My mom´s hip surgery a few years ago did not go well so I was holding my breath. Spending the time with your mom must be so wonderful. I too enjoy the food in most hospital cafeterias. Give your mom a huge hug from me. Oh and give yourself one too.
Thanks so much, Darlene. She has a ways to go with the rehab and it is all pretty overwhelming and new but I feel certain that she is going to be so much better than she was! Thanks so much again for your kind words.
Great. She will run on the streets of Lakeside this summer!!
I hope so, Robie! I really do!
Yay! Wonderful news! Prayers answered! Please send me her address. I chuckled about the cruise! I have always wanted there to be a “catch up on all your procedures” cruise. You could enjoy a luxious vacation AND have your teeth cleaned, mammogram, colonoscopy, blood tests, etc.
That’s a nifty idea! I don’t think the McDougalls travel with dentists but they’re always inviting readers to join them on vegan vacations, including cruises, with doctors to help people personalize their own vegan healing diet plans. (If you didn’t already know, John McDougall specializes in vegan diet “prescriptions” for people with diseases like diabetes that are linked with nutritional imbalances. He claims most adult-onset diabetes is completely reversible.)
That’s interesting, too! Not quite the buffet I imagine- but a good idea!
Isn’t that a great idea? I love all of the great ideas of kinds of cruises and the ones that you are sharing sound like such great ones that are so helpful. Thanks for sharing all of your expertise on diabetes and what is available in terms of help!
Your idea of the maintenance cruise is awesome!! Get all the icky stuff out of the way and have fun at the same time! Win win!
What pretty cards! Much nicer than Hallmark’s. If you find the time, here’s a bit of Bad Poetry to put in one of them from me:
Dear Beth Ann Chiles’ Mother,
Hope you feel better soon
And feel perky and chipper
And fit…before June 🙂
“It’s Just Life” offers many
A good snap or quip;
Hope it raises enough to fund
That Honduras trip!
Oh my goodness–what a lovely little poem! I love it! My readers are THE best! Thanks so much!
I can absolutely relate to this entire experience given I got a new hip 10 years ago, or something like that. It gave me a new lease on life also. I could walk again. The pain was gone, although it’s back again, this time with osteoarthritis in my back. But still not as chronic as the hip pain.
I am thankful for the successful surgery for your mom and for your presence with her.
That hospital food looks pretty good, especially since I’ve (mostly) banished chips from my diet. That dip sounds great.
Yes, please send me your mom’s address.
I know that this is something you have personal experience with. My mom’s is due to osteoarthritis as well . I am sorry that you have it in your back–that has to be painful and debilitating at times. Thanks so much for being willing to send my mom a card! I really appreciate it!
That’s wonderful that your mom is doing so well! Wishing her a speedy and full recovery. And hey – that hospital food doesn’t look too bad! 😉
Thanks you so much! I really appreciate all the love for my mom!
Please send your mom’s address … ET it is for sure. Prayers are answered and continue to pray for a speedy and complete recovery. Take care of yourself too my friend.
Rachel, Thank you so much! I will send you her address and really appreciate your being willing to send her a card!
So glad it all worked out so well! Maybe she’ll race you back to her apartment when therapy is done?
She just might!
So happy for both of you and this extra time together is so valuable. Love and hugs to your Mum from New Zealand. I’ll send her a get well message if you give me her address. A card from the other side of the world will no doubt intrigue her.
Oh Judith. That would be amazing! Thank you so much for being willing to send her a card. I really appreciate it. Let me send you her address!
My dad had his hip replaced last year and had a few complications, but he’s pretty much back on track now. It can be really long long long days in the hospital for sure – how nice that you had a lovely creative way to pass the hours. Prayers for speedy healing.
Thanks so much. Yes, the hours can be long in the hospital but hopefully now that she is in rehab she will be enjoying a bit more mobility and stimulation. I am so hopeful. Even if she has to use a cane or walker if she is without pain it will be a huge difference for her.
I’m so glad you Mom handled her hip replacement well!! Hopefully she will be back up and moving more soon.
I think she will be so much better with the pain gone. Even if she does have to use a cane or walker it is still much better than what it was before. Thanks for stopping by!
I’m so happy things went so well and that your mom is rehabbing very well! I have lots of hours in the hospital with my mom and I treasure them just like you! There’s nothing like one on one time with our moms! 🙂
I totally agree and I am so blessed to be able to do it. I am at a really great place in my life right now with a very supportive husband who “gets” that I need to sometimes go be with those I love. It isn’t always possible for the rest of my siblings to get away to do this so it is my privilege and I am happy I can.
Great news on your Mom’s recovery! Grill cheese, tomato soup, homemade chips & french onion dip! OMG Get that in my mouth immediately!