Health Update

by wjw on December 14, 2016

Kathy had her hip replacement on Monday, and it went extremely well.  She’s been through it all before, and is managing her recovery splendidly.

When you’re prepping for surgery, and afterwards in recovery, the nurses are forever asking you for your name and date of birth, presumably so they can determine if your mental function is working at some base level.  Kathy got bored with this a lot quicker than the nurses did, so she’d demonstrate her mental competence by reciting “The Walrus and the Carpenter” in its entirety, or by declaiming pi to thirty decimal places.

I’m not sure if this demonstrates normal mental function, exactly, but I’m sure it was entertaining.

John F. MacMichael December 14, 2016 at 3:33 am

My best wishes to Kathy for a speedy recovery.

IronOre December 14, 2016 at 10:37 am

I think they ask that so they can make sure they’re working on the right person.

Susan Beaty December 14, 2016 at 2:15 pm

IronOre is correct; it’s part of the procedure for making sure the right person has the right bits operated on.

And also best wishes to Kathy as she goes through recovery and physical therapy.

PhilRM December 14, 2016 at 4:35 pm

Glad to hear everything went fine, and best wishes for Kathy’s speedy recovery.

Bruce Arthurs December 15, 2016 at 3:44 am

Hmph, after my shoulder replacement surgery in July, the nurses never asked me my name or date of birth.

At least I don’t -remember- their asking.

I’m a little uncertain because I finally got around to watching INSIDE OUT last week, and after a few minutes asked myself “Hey, I think maybe I watched this while I was in the hospital. Maybe. Or maybe the drugs were really that good.”

[struck by realization I’m old enough to remember when you were lucky a hospital stay featured a TV set at all, much less one you could watch recent movies on]

wjw December 15, 2016 at 10:34 pm

When I was in the hospital in 2005, I had hospital food to eat— uninspired, bland, uninteresting. Now at the same hospital Kathy gets a menu to choose from a number of tasty options— they do a great green chile stew— and order up her meals for whatever time is convenient for her.

Gotta say, that’s better than HBO.

Jim Janney December 17, 2016 at 11:36 pm

When I had my first hip replaced I went through a grieving process. Three years later, when the other hip needed replacing, my only question was “how soon can we schedule this?” Here’s to a successful recovery and movement without pain.

I think nurses are used to all kinds of behavior from sometimes heavily medicated patients.

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