Second Surgery Observations

September 5, 2010

I’m happy to report that my husband no longer has avascular necrosis! After a successful second hip replacement on Thursday he is on the mend and hopefully on his way to a better, pain-free life.

Our experience this time around was much different than the last. We didn’t have near as many visitors and much less attention from the hospital staff. We aren’t having meals provided for us, but we didn’t ask. We knew what to expect this time so we have done some things differently making for an easier transition, and I’m only taking one week off work.

David had better pain control this time once the first several hours post-op passed, and he didn’t have the persistent fevers like before, so we were ready to leave the hospital on Saturday. That morning they took his catheter out, so before they could release us he had to prove to them that he could pee on his own. He told me, “Hey, if you have to pee, go in the urinal.” Of course as a nurse I staunchly refused such trickery. But then later I caught him holding cold water underneath his tongue right before they came to take his vital signs. When I questioned him he said he didn’t want them to keep him there needlessly if he had a fever.

I married a sneaky patient, but at least we got to come home early!

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Comments on Second Surgery Observations

  1. 1

    From Elizabeth:

    I’m so glad you guys are home and that everything went well. It must be such a relief!

  2. 2

    From Tabaitha:

    Glad everything went well and ya’ll are home. Praying the recovery is smooth.

  3. 3

    From David Ian Stagg:

    We dearly missed you at our get together in SC Kat. Glad the worst is over and we look forward to seeing you and David soon.
    Uncle David

  4. 4

    From Kyla Roma:

    Oh what a sneak!! Good thing you’re so good at your job, Kathleen!

    I hope his recovery is extremely quick and his new pain free life can start now! :)

  5. 5

    From Emily Jane:

    So so glad everything went okay!! Here’s hoping for a speedy and smooth recovery :)

  6. 6

    From steph anne:

    He’s definitely a sneaky patient! :) I’m glad he’s doing well and I wish him a speedy recovery especially when he has a wonderful wife as a nurse.

  7. 7

    From Becca:

    I’m so glad everything went well and is behind you!

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