Saturday, December 27, 2014

29 staples

For about a week after the surgeries, the pain I was feeling was rather generalized.  The couple of times my dressing got changed and I saw the staples just below my knee - I assumed that was just another gouge I got in the crash.  It wasn't until they gave me a print out of my xrays that the pain became more site specific and I knew what the incisions by my knee were for.  I reckon that is where they shoved that titanium rod through to get it in place.  I insisted that I needed a digital version of all the imagining they did and the hospital came through with a disk for me to take home.

The night before I left the hospital they told me they would be removing the staples in the morning.  The thought of that didn't help me rest very easy for my last night at the spa.  The next morning I asked the nurse what time the doctor would be coming in to remove them.  She said she would be doing it and I would barely feel anything.  She was wrong - I felt absolutely nothing as she tweaked them out.  Of course I saved them in a little jar to put into the Field Lab Archives.

Special thanks to the visitors I had during my stay:  David and Heidi Holloway, Wayne Maas, Diana and 3 other south county friends who just happened to be in town for a Red Cross meeting, Carl and Melinda, Nancy Burton (who also brought me some civilian clothes), and Pam and Ken Clause who brought me some banana bread (that was my favorite snack I managed to make last 3 days to go with the 5AM coffee breaks I got.)

Extra special thanks to Ronald Nelson and Nancy Rooney for tending to my critters and to Rick McDowell who came from Alpine to fetch me, help me stock up on groceries, and get me settled in back home (he also did a bunch of laundry and made my bed for me).  There are lots of other people to thank but I will save that for a future update.

I was really sorry to leave my blog readers hanging for a couple of days.  It was very comforting to know so many people were concerned about my welfare.

Since this is the final installment in the hospital saga, I have to add one last amusing anecdote.  When Rick got me home, I noticed that my truck was locked and I assumed the keys were inside.  I managed to find my spare but it didn't have the alarm fob.  Rick opened up the truck which set off the alarm but couldn't find the other keys inside.  (It turned out that Ronald had them safely in his possession.)  So we gave up on the key search and the alarm stopped when he closed the door.  At 3AM my first night back in my own bed the alarm went off again.  I had to roll out to the truck in the middle of the night and pull the wires to the horns to shut it up.  

FYI...I got some Tshirt orders just before my accident and a couple while I was in the hospital.  They will all ship next week.

43,54,43,0,W

15 comments:

pamit said...

That 3 AM wakeup call must have reminded you of the nurses' botherings at the "spa". Welcome home John and thank for letting us know all the gory (and I do mean gory) details!

czardastx said...

I can tell you don't have Obama Care because they would have used paper clips instead of staples...

Deborah Hall said...

Thanks for the very detailed up dates, we are glad your home & back at it. Looking forward to some of your great pictures of life being lived!

Margery Bills said...

That's it. You could sit there and put a jigsaw picture puzzle together and then shellac it (or whatever) and hang the picture.

Margery Bills said...

That's it. You could sit there and put a jigsaw picture puzzle together and then shellac it (or whatever) and hang the picture.

MsBelinda said...

Thanks for bringing us up to date.

You are a lucky man to have so many good friends willing to lend a helping hand.

Then again, I know you would do the same for them in a heartbeat.

Rob said...

Thanks for sharing the story!
In bed, wrapped up, sore and the car alarm goes off.. Some days!

Sam Finn said...

Finding the right wires at 3 AM ... now you're just showing off! Glad you're better!

rondeb said...

Are you willing to post your address to the TFL. Some of us would like to send you some get well gifts. Thanks

Susan Traxel Martin said...

I had some surgery last week and have already put a 1000 piece puzzle and almost finishing a 500 piece. Want me to send you one? They are great time killers and I was even thinking last night how they kept me still so I can heal. God does great things to make us slow down. If you can't hack puzzles, then there are the numbers and word puzzle books at all general stores these days. I have a stash of those two if you need one.

Larry G said...

You KNOW - life can be a REAL BOOGER wen you're laid up with a broken leg and not supposed to be jumping around on it - and the DANG horn in your car starts BLARING at 3 a.m. !

sometimes life is ... well... not exactly nirvana....

;-)

Rita B. said...

I'd heard that "staple pulling" was a breeze but it's good to hear firsthand. Also, hope you're staying warm out there. Heard El Paso got a dusting of snow. You'll have to let us know if you've tried the new stove yet.

K1MGY said...

"The next morning I asked the nurse what time the doctor would be coming in to remove them. She said she would be doing it and I would barely feel anything. She was wrong - I felt absolutely nothing as she tweaked them out."

You were fortunate. Had the surgeon done the job, you would have winced.

Good show, John. Glad to have you back.

Larry G said...

re: the surgeon...

yes, the ONLY time I ever had blood drawn by a doc and not a phlebotomist, it took 4 tries, hurt like hell, and still ended up with no blood but a helluva bruise..

edobnek said...

Rondeb go here:
http://www.thefieldlab.org/me_.html