I am so sorry this post is so long in coming. While the surgery went well, the hospital refused to send him back to our hospital and sent him home only two days later after surgery. Mind you, the man still had a horrible infection and could not get up by himself. Also, the doctor had called the hospital and notified him he was to come back for inpatient therapy. Needless to say Jack had a fall again here at the apartment in the bathroom. It took four ems workers to get him out of the bathroom and in the ambulance.
He was readmitted as observation over the weekend for bedrest and serious iv antibiotics until the paperwork could be completed. He was very ill, lethargic, confused and in pain. They began working with him to regain upper and lower body strength that week. We had thanksgiving lunch together the next week at the hospital and Jack was getting so much better. The top picture is the day they sent him home. You can see how ill and weak he was.
He came home the day after thanksgiving. We were blessed to get our deposit back from our Joplin apartment and a blessing from a friend so I was able to set him up with a riser for the toilet, a new shower chair that extended out of the tub and many other things needed. Here he is using his tool for putting on his socks.
He needed a lot of care yet when he first got home but we made it work! He had therapy here at home twice a week and a nurse once a week. We did have a couple falls in the beginning that required lift assists from ems but is slowly got better. He worked so hard! Naps were required!
He was discharged from home care the end of January. He can now walk on his own steam some days here at home, such as nightly trips to the bathroom. But needs a walker at all times while out and about. We hope to return to church again soon. Our Priest has visited and kept a check on us as have so many of our church family.
In January, our former priest from Arkansas, now living in Colorado, and his lovely wife stopped in for a visit. Here we are and here they are!
I did mean to write this sooner but I got sick from stress and being exhausted in November and had a very bad uti in December. It's been rough but we are getting back to a new normal. Jack is even able to help with some things again.
Blessings and I will write again soon.