Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Dan is Getting a New Hip

The reason for my skyrocketting stress levels:  Dan is getting a new hip.  

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My stress has leveled now, thanks to many wonderful conversations I have had with friends, family, and God and the knowledge that Dan has not yet quit his job.  Oh, and the security of short term disability insurance.  Thank God for short term disability insurance.

The question that I have been answering the most lately:  "Exactly how old is your husband?"  28.  He is 28 and getting a new hip.  If you know Dan in real life, this should come to no surprise to you.  He limps when he walks and he falls about 10 times a day when his hip "catches." 

Dan has had a disease in his hips his entire life.  He has already had 3 hip surgeries, but this is the first replacement.  

Tonight's do-to list: 

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We went to a class last week on joint replacement surgery and it was pretty eye opening.  Until then I hadn't really put a vision with Dan's surgery recovery, instead I was selfishly thinking of our household's vitality.  Now I know this is going to be an uphill climb for both of us, but mostly for Dan.  

Thoughts going through my head: 

- I am not a very good nurse

- I need to learn how to start the lawn mower

- Maybe I should get hip surgery so I can stay home with Ina for 2 months

- I hope Dan doesn't have much pain.  I hate seeing people in pain.

- I wonder what kind of food the hospital cafeteria has?

- I need to clean the sheets tonight

If you happen to talk to The Big Guy Upstairs, a shout out would be greatly appreciated. <3 

16 comments:

  1. Good luck to all of you. I'll include you in my prayers!

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  2. We lit candles and sent up special prayers at church last weekend for Dan. And I will be off work tomorrow so we will be out to Menorah to check on you guys in the afternoon. Call if you need me to bring anything for you.

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  3. We lit candles and sent up special prayers at church last weekend for Dan. And I will be off work tomorrow so we will be out to Menorah to check on you guys in the afternoon. Call if you need me to bring anything for you.

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    1. Awww, thanks Stacie. You guys are the best! See you tomorrow afternoon. :)

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  4. Will include you in prayers! If it helps, I've had a couple friends go through this (I realize each situation is different) but they have done wonderful!

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    1. Thanks Shannon! That does help a lot. I don't know anyone who has had a hip replacement, so that is good to hear. Hopefully because Dan is young, he will be back at em' soon. :)

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  5. Wow, I can understand why you're stressed. But hopefully Dan being younger than your average hip replacement candidate will help him re: bouncing back (I'm sure his determination will aid in the process, too!) and he'll will be better than normal in no time. :) Thinking about you guys!

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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    1. Thanks Ashley! <3. He seems to think he will be out working in the garage by this weekend, so hopefully that positive attitude will quicken the healing process. :)

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  6. Praying for you BOTH! Keep your chin up, God promised to use even this situation to teach you something!

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    1. Thanks Heather! That is a perfect way to think about it. I will keep my eyes and hears open for learning opportunities! :)

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  7. Lots of good thoughts to all of you!!

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  8. Hi Racheal,
    Best of luck and prayers for Dan.
    I used to work for an Orthopedic Dr's office and the crucial thing is allow yourself to heal. If Dan follows instructions, takes it easy and allows time to heal, he will be good as new.(I know I'm talking about a man here, they just can't stay down for anything). Plus he is younger so the healing will be quicker. Hang in there.

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    1. Hi Jennifer - thanks for the advice. I will make sure he takes it slow. They are doing the anterior surgery - which is newer and apparently allows for a much faster recovery? His doctor wants him up and walking tonight!

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  9. Sooooo thinking of you guys! Recovering from surgery is challenging - for both the patient and those who have to increase their workload and compassion while the patient is healing. You will get through this. ;-)

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