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Long day

David and I brought Steve to the hospital around 11:30 this morning for his leg construction project. He was actually in surgery about 5 hours--the damage was a little more extensive than we first thought, so a little more hardware was needed. Dr. Lundy came right out to me in the surgical waiting room with the post-op xrays. Looks like a small erector set in there, but everything's back together. Our friend Greg has stopped by the hospital a little while before and was giving me some great moral support and hugs, and we both were allowed in briefly to the recovery room. My Bear was awake but really groggy. His first words to me were "What's your job?" And I replied "Ice chips!" We had agreed beforehand that I would feed him his ice chips as soon as the operation was over, because his mouth was dry from not having anything to drink since the previous midnight. So I knew he was coming to. Later, in his room, he said it was like a distant kind of dream, with Greg and I appearing out of nowhere.

Steve is comfortable, his leg is in a humongous bandage, and he has a morphine pump for his refreshment. We watched a little TV and he sipped ice water (no ice chips necessary). Then he got sleepy, and the nurse came in to reposition his leg, so I said goodnight. I'll be back in the morning--I have a doctor's appointment of my own at 7:20 AM and will head over the the hospital after that, probably just in time for his Jello breakfast.

Thanks again for all the support. Dave H. called midway through and gave me just what I needed. And Greg brought a big box of chocolates, which we'll demolish tomorrow after the Jello.


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Oct. 7th, 2005 06:19 am (UTC)

Everybody have some refreshment!


Oct. 7th, 2005 06:28 am (UTC)
I'm glad the really hard part is through. I know Steve has a long road ahead. My thoughts are with both of you.
Oct. 7th, 2005 06:35 am (UTC)
I'm glad everything went ok. I figured today wouldn't be a good time to visit, so I hope to do so tomorrow. Give Steve my best.
Oct. 7th, 2005 06:46 am (UTC)
we'll both have our asses in a sling this week.
Oct. 7th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
That's some PT plan you have there.
Oct. 7th, 2005 06:54 am (UTC)
Big hugs to both you boys!

If I can offer one small piece of advice: in 1999 I broke both arms in a scooter bike accident. Which was pretty fucking painful and awful. When the orthopedic surgeon directed me to start moving my "but it hurts when I move it" cracked and broken left arm, I was petrified. But I followed direction and it totally paid off. I was at about 90% capacity in 12 weeks; 99% in 16 (it never has been exactly as before, due to muscle knots).

It was the first time I ever took a physician's directions as given. Wow, they're often quite smart!

Oct. 7th, 2005 07:28 am (UTC)
Big hugs to you both. I'm glad he has the morphine pump. Ask them for one of your own! ;-)

I was going to deliver the hug in person last night, but I guessed wrong when I figured he'd be at 3700 California. Oops!

More hugs.
Oct. 8th, 2005 06:54 am (UTC)
Thanks---but he is at 3700 California---room 108.

Too late to post tonight but today was a good day. Out of bed a few times and even a tiny start with the physical therapist.

Give our love to your Steve too, and take care of yourself. {{{{{hugs}}}}
Oct. 8th, 2005 12:10 pm (UTC)
I called first before I headed over around 5:30pm on Thursday, but they said that there was no F-R-E-I-T-A-G in a room. Since I wasn't positive that he was at 3700 California, I didn't question them further. Maybe since his surgery was so long, he wasn't in a room yet? Sorry I missed him.

Again, all the best to both you and Steve. Hugs!!
Oct. 7th, 2005 07:35 am (UTC)
And I hear that amongst all this he still finds time to call Mo to check how he's doing, you two are wonderful. Tell him to get better quickly!
Oct. 7th, 2005 09:25 am (UTC)
Glad he's thru the icky part, and on the road back. Give his morphine feed button a push for me tomorrow. (just for the memory)
Hugs to ya both!
Oct. 7th, 2005 09:46 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear the surgery went well... I still can't get my brain around this, Steve was so excited and full of energy Saturday morning! Vacations seem so dangerous lately. Much hugs from the Badger cave!
Oct. 7th, 2005 09:49 am (UTC)
*hugs* and still sending good healing thoughts Steve's way. I'm glad everything is going okay and you have so much local support. Hang in there - sometimes the stresses are hardest on the one that has to 'watch'. Make sure you take care of you, too, okay?
Oct. 7th, 2005 11:21 am (UTC)
Hope the recovery goes well, and that you are feeling supported as well through all of this.
Oct. 7th, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC)
Yay! for internal erector sets.

And ice chips.

And morphine pumps (most refreshing).

And recovering bears.

But mostly for a rapidly recovering Steve!

*hugs* all round!
Oct. 7th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
glad to hear everything went well. i'm picturing you doing your best grace kelly with steve recovering at home, telescope in hand, learning about the neighbors through the rear window
Oct. 7th, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'm still making decisions on what kinds of cookies to make. How long will Steve be in the hospital? Do you want Halloween cookies, too?
Oct. 8th, 2005 06:56 am (UTC)

He'll be home on Sunday----
Oct. 10th, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
I like big, soft cookies, more or on the chocolate/nuts side than the fruity/jammy/shortbread side.

Maybe do a nun movie night around Halloween? I sincerely doubt I'll be going out!
Oct. 7th, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC)
Best wishes for a complete and rapid recovery!

Morphine pump, eh? Wish to hell they'd given me one when I had a kidney stone - they gave me Demerol (hideous stuff) and made me pester the nurse for it.
Oct. 7th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC)
Big hugs to both of you. We were going to try to deliver food to you this weekend
Oct. 7th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
Big Healing hugs, gentles
Has anythign been said about why his leg cracked up so atrociously?

Oct. 10th, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Big Healing hugs, gentles
My doctor says it was just an unlucky break. Hit it on the sidewalk in pretty much the exactly wrong way.

He said the king of compression break I had is more common for people who have fallen off ladders, or from some kind of height. Knowing that, and knoing firsthand how fragile my body really is, makes me think that I will probably never skydive again.
Oct. 7th, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear Steve came through the surgery with flying colors. HUGS to you both!
Oct. 7th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
Healing Hugs.
Oct. 7th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
Jack, tell Steve im thinking about him here in Pittsburgh.
Oct. 9th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
*Hugs you guys* I've been so out of the internet loop the last week, I just heard! I'm so sorry!!!!

Our love goes out to you guys, I hope everything goes well, and I'm sure it will. Tell You're hubby to hang in there, and we fresno losers are all pullin for em! =)

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Oct. 10th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC)
My thoughts and wishes are with you, Steve. HUGS
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