Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Today is day eleven after the accident and I have to show off my hubby’s new hardware. When the surgeon pulled up the x-rays on the computer, I nearly passed out—seeing the before and after shots. The photojournalist in me snapped pictures of the “pictures,” and the surgeon reminded me that I could have radiology burn a CD of Mark’s x-rays for no additional cost (smile!). And I said, “Do they come with iTunes?” Isn’t it great when you can make a surgeon laugh?
It was pouring down rain today and maneuvering Mark in and out of the car was no easy feat. On the way out, I bumped another patient in a wheelchair, tripped over Mark’s chair, and ran into the car. The woman next to me asked if she could help me (she had two broken legs!), I laughed so hard I nearly doubled over. We were the “Three Stooges,” minus one!
Life is all about hurrying up and waiting and today was no exception. I counted my blessings that I was able to park the wheelchair without damaging more people or cars. Actually, there was method in my madness, I tried to divert Mark’s attention so he wouldn’t notice when they took out the staples. He has eight incisions in all, starting at his hip and working down to his knee.
The Steri-Strips are holding everything together now (hope that glue holds!). After his appointment, I treated Mark to Starbucks (the same place where I received the news on Mother’s Day of Mark’s accident). I had to let them know that everything was okay (sort of), and that my “patient” was waiting in the car. Mark got a free mocha frappuccino because he was still “alive.”
As we adjust to all the new hardware, we are thankful for God’s goodness in allowing us to enjoy even the simplest of pleasures, like the bunny that was waiting for us on the front lawn when we returned home.
Tomorrow’s another adventure, I can “hard-ly” wait!
hip fracture, caretaking, medical appointments, intertrochanteric fracture