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Jun 7, 2010 8:43 AM CST
Name: Jo Burcher
Wilton, CA
Married 40yrs. 2boys,2Gkids
Last evening around 7 the CPM lady arrived w/the machine. She was wonderful. Could not believe that the hospital has released Steve. But we got him hooked up to the motion thing. She said his range of motion should be at about 90 degrees by now, his is at 40.
Moving his leg is such an ordeal. but by lifting it with a strap behind his foot and then pulling ever-so-gently we can get the leg from the bed up the 6 inches to the CPM.
6:00am; I woke to a furry of nursing duties. Unine thing to be dumped, move the leg off the machine, replace the ice, take all the pills, list them. Take his temperature. So it's 7:30 my coffee is cold, but the patient is resting comfortably, the cats are fed, & the dog wants in.
I've removed the top sheet and blanket because it's too awkward to bring up over the CPM. The night stand is too small for all the paraphernalia; need a another sheet to put under him, because he's sweating profusly. Love to get him in the shower, the hospital never even gave him a sponge bath or an opportunity to brush his teeth.
Solved the problem of the night stand being too small; pulled out the top drawer, topped it with a tray.
A friend is having this surgery on the 17th; I'll put on my happy face and say "go for it". It's just not the easy-in easy-out procedure that it was trouted to be. But in a couple weeks we'll both say it was worth it. But just be better prepared for the reality of post-op care.

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