Surgery in 2020 looks totally different than any other year. Face masks are being worn by everyone – including the patient. And there are NO visitors in the hospital. That in itself can be more difficult than the surgery. Sometimes the patient needs the comfort of family and friends. With that said, preparing for surgery ahead of time could be a key factor in the recovery of the patient.
4 years ago my husband, Willy, had a hip replacement and it did not go according to plan. He then had a repair a year later…that did not work. We went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester a year later. He had a bunch of tests done and was told that there was nothing they could do. A very sad day for both of us. Especially Willy. Has this ever happened to you?
And here we are again…
It is his back this time. Arthritis strikes again. He has done Physical Therapy, stretching, massage and all of the other non-invasive things. But in the past 7 months, his back has deteriorated faster than the previous 2 years.
He is having surgery in a few weeks. It's a big one….back surgery. Actually, it's 2 surgeries. They go in through his stomach on day 1. And then the 2nd day they work on all the other stuff – through his back.
As the post surgery ‘chief cook and bottle washer’ I thought you might like to know how we BOTH prepare for surgery. Because if you are not prepared there is a potential for physical and emotional disaster.
we are both going to quarantine 2 weeks prior to the surgery….just to make sure he does not get Covid ahead of time. There really isn't much we can do about Covid after the surgery and while he is in the hospital. Everyone will be taking the utmost precautions – that is all we can expect and hope for.
Sometimes the recovery can be pretty easy considering what was done. Sometimes…not so much. Taking it slow is the answer. Asking neighbors and friends for help. Getting plenty of rest is key. And, for me, I need to make sure I continue to eat healthy and not grab all the junk food just because it is easier.
Do you, or anyone you know, have a surgery coming up? If so, forward this to them. Our check lists might help them too.
And, please pray for us. His surgeries are scheduled on November 17 and 18.
And if you would like to catch up on a few more posts – check out: ‘What is happing on this road of life.