Sunday, May 18, 2008
Well, I had a nice long talk with Jackie just now. Glad it was a good time. You never know if you'll catch someone groggy or sleeping or in the middle of tests...
I wanted to know if her knee looked like Frankenstein's. She said a little... and then she counted the staples (which would be double if there were actual stitches).
I asked if the scar was straight on top, curved or on the side. She said "The scar is kind of off. Looking straight down on it, it goes a little to the left, then back to center again". The swelling has gone down today. It wasn't very swollen to begin with and the leg isn't all black and blue, which amazes us both. I think that's a very good sign. She managed to take a few pictures of it too. Wonder if we'll see any once she gets back home and can post again.
A friend came by with DVD's, and like Zoetawny said she watched Juno. Only problem is, there is no apparent remote for the DVD, so when the nurses inevitably interrupted in the middle to do silly things like take blood and her temp, she could not pause it. @@ And when it was over, she had to call the nurses in to take it out and return her set to normal TV. I was chomping on the bit to hang up and call the nurses station and ask them to bring one in from another room, or help her look for it, but Jackie insisted I didn't. DANG I shouldn't have asked her and just done it! But I of course want to respect what makes her feel comfortable, so I asked. Frustrated!!!
Said pal also brought her cookies, which is always a good thing, but even more now, as after 4 days that hospital food is starting to pale. From the sound of things, it started out without poor marks. Even the ice cream isn't making up for it. Haagendaas it's not. Maybe it's like ice milk. I told her if she gets to go to the rehab place near her house, she could order in from her neighborhood faves.
As of yesterday, the blood clot was apparently getting a little better. When I hung up at 1:30 PM EST she was still waiting for her doctor's partner (who was in on the surgery) to come by. Bet they'll wait til her primary doc sees her Monday AM to determine if she's ready to make the move.
It seems even better now that she's going to a rehab facility, since she hasn't been able to do anything in these first several days. It's so critical to move in the first 24-48 hours after an operation like this, but she can't due to the clot. I just hope they will give her extra attention so she can catch up. After going through all this, you do want to get that 90 degree bend back and that takes commitment.
So now, our Jackie quiz question: Guess how many staples Jackie has on the outside of her knee. The incision is about 8 inches long. The person(s) who gets it right will have their name posted on the next blog entry! Thrilling prize, I know, but for now, that's all I got, lol.
Many thanks to Zoetawny for today's graphic!