My brother-in-law was sent home Friday from hospital!
Do you remember the olden days when, after having surgery, you knew you were going to stay in the hospital for at least a week? Over the years this has changed. The super-bugs and antibiotic-resistant infections out there have made it, almost, a necessity to get in and out. There are also studies showing the healing factor appears to increase when patients recover at home. Still, being without doctors, nurses, and hospital staff and equipment does make me a little nervous. There is a good-sized section of my brain that says “what if” and, believe me, it can come up with a lot of “what ifs” that could happen. Many of them are plausible and some of them not-so-much. On the whole, his being home is remarkable after such a major operation.
When I saw him yesterday he was sitting up in a chair, talking strong, and even making some jokes. He was also watching some TV and dozing in and out. He is looking forward to watching the Kentucky Wildcats play basketball tomorrow and routing for another victory.
I have had several pretty serious operations myself, and have sat with others who have had equally difficult surgeries and I can say “Mountain Man” came through his operation with not only “flying colors” but with strength and greatest hopes. This is not saying he wasn’t nervous before going under anesthesia – he was nervous. He should have been nervous; however, he handled it well mentally and emotionally better than most I have seen. Even me. Mountain Man is also handling the pain well and planning on when he is going to church and how he is going to get there. 🙂