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Lessons From the Recovery Ward

February 11, 2012

1. When there is only one capable parent/adult in the house, painting the kitchen is probably not the best idea along with preparing three meals for four people, fetching, carrying, laundry, cleaning, and other necessary Saturday activities.

2. A sudden and furious headache plus nausea two days post-op is almost always caffeine withdrawl. It happened after my hip surgery and I completely forgot about it until it hit Gabe today. An hour after a nice strong latte and he was greatly impoved.

3. Shoulder surgery is hell. No two ways about it. After 15 prior surgeries including a severed achilles, ankle reconstruction, and a herniated disc, Gabe’s extremely high tolerance for pain was, finally, exceeded with this surgery.

4. A 200 in severe pain is extremely irrational. But, no matter what he tries to tell you, he is NOT capable of driving himself to the hospital in the middle of the night.

5. In the event that you might one day have to drive your spouse to the hospital in the middle of the night, it is a good idea to write down a list of people to call to come stay with your kids. You will probably not be able to come up with the right names or numbers in your sleep-addled state.

6. Reading dystopian novels about people fighting for survival while you are serving as the sole caregiver and provider for your family during a crisis, combined with excessive stress and fatigue, may result in very…exciting…dreams. I’d do Katniss and Peeta proud…

7. A 4 year old boy can be more of a bother than a one-armed, nauseated man in severe pain.

8. Big boys appreciate blankies, just like little boys do. And it’s really sweet when the little boys share their blankies with the big boys.


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