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This is The Wife again

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Thanks to everyone for your good wishes for both LG and me! Very nice of you all. He is doing well – a bit bored, but being very careful to keep his head in the correct position. He’s gotten into the audio books, which is helping a lot. I happened recently to get a large cup with screw-on lid and a straw – one of those plastic ones that looks like a fast-food cup – for use in the car, and that has proved to be quite useful.

It turns out that he’s going to have to stay in this position only until Wednesday, when we see the surgeon again. That’s much better than the 6 weeks we originally thought…! (He’s got a special 6-week gas bubble, you see. They normally dissipate after 2 weeks.)

A bit more about the hospital:

  • The gown was extremely cool – after you put it on the nurse hooks you up to a warm air hose, and the gown inflates with lovely warmth that you can control with a little dial. That was the reason for the goofy smile in the pre-surgery photo.
  • The anaesthesiologist was pretty interested in wet-shaving, and will shortly have a copy of The Book.
  • We asked the nurse to write NO under the right eye, but she would not – apparently hospital procedure is very strict on this. (Edit: LG just reminded me that the very nice nurse said, “That’s not new material, you know.” Heh.)
  • The nurse also took an incredibly detailed medical history using a software program that looked like 1996 with about 400 screens and popups, and then she printed the whole thing out on 30 pages and put them into his enormous patient file/binder. Gahh!!!

And LG wants me to share this: A family member frequently gets sick when she travels. She’s currently staying at a hotel in Philly, and when she booked it, they asked if she wanted a “feather-free room.” A-hah! She’s allergic to feathers, which explains why, whenever she stays somewhere other than her feather-free home, she gets sick. Fantastic idea for hotels to offer this option.

So there you go. Now I’m off to put drops in the patient’s eye.

Written by LeisureGuy

3 March 2012 at 5:59 pm

Posted in Daily life

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  1. Glad all is going well. I’ll keep checking in. Best wishes.


    3 March 2012 at 6:14 pm

  2. Thanks for the update! I hope everything continues to go well and I’m looking forward to notes on the audio books.


    3 March 2012 at 7:13 pm

  3. Thanks for update. Glad to hear things are going good with you both. Really interesting about the “warm-up hospital gown!” And so glad it will be a much shorter time that Leisure Guy has to keep his head in awkward position.


    4 March 2012 at 4:25 am

  4. Thanks for letting us know how he’s doing, and hope he continues to improve rapidly.


    4 March 2012 at 5:27 am

  5. Glad to hear that LG’s moving along nicely. Sometimes we forget how difficult it is for those looking after the “walking wounded” so take care of yourself as well Mrs LG.
    By the way the heated hospital gown, what a great idea to keep you snug in a cold bathroom whilst enjoying the morning shave!!!

    Regards from UK

    Tony The Blade

    Tony The Blade

    4 March 2012 at 8:19 am

  6. Audio books are a great idea… My husband’s fav is “Snipers Moon” read by the late Robert Lansing. Sometimes he has a long commute to work and audio books pass the time easily. Wishes for speedy healing!


    4 March 2012 at 6:51 pm

  7. Speedy recovery, pal. And werd to The Wife! 🙂


    4 March 2012 at 7:32 pm

  8. Glad to see this update and hear that LG is doing well. I can well imagine that he is is bored, especially since he said he was excited to get back to Pilates. In due time! My very best healing thoughts are on their way to you both. ❤


    5 March 2012 at 12:04 am

  9. Oh my goodness… I hope you’re doing well and you have a quick and successful recovery!


    5 March 2012 at 6:31 am

  10. All the best for a speedy recovery!

    Ahhh, to have health insurance in America; surely it is a blessing….they even blow warm air up your gown. In Canada they just blow smoke up your behind!


    5 March 2012 at 6:39 am

  11. Best Wishes Michael. Speedy Recovery to you.


    5 March 2012 at 3:14 pm

  12. Steve, you’re not seriously wishing for US-style health insurance? Even with good insurance through my employer and a substantial pre-tax health-care spending account, we’re going to be paying for this little contretemps for quite a while. And consider ourselves lucky at that. (Full disclosure: I’m Canadian.)

    the wife

    5 March 2012 at 5:52 pm

  13. Glad to hear you are doing well and on the road to recovery. Best wishes, Leisureguy!


    5 March 2012 at 8:10 pm

  14. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery! I’d like to recommend an audiobook as well: Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand. It’s one of the best and most interesting audiobooks I’ve ever listened to, if not the very best (tough to compete with Pepys Diary as read by Kenneth Branagh, though).

    Again, good luck!


    6 March 2012 at 7:33 pm

  15. To The Wife:

    No, I guess I’ve just watched too many episodes of House! I’m still looking for Marcus Welby. And that hot air up the gown, well……


    7 March 2012 at 2:35 pm

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