Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Snow and surgery

I'm home, but Keith is in surgery having his right shoulder replaced. I've been to the hospital twice today, once to take Keith at 6:00 a.m., and then back again to take the fancy foam and velcro sling. He had one from last year (shoulder surgery on the left, not as extensive as this one) and they're expensive, so I went back out into the snowy, icy world to deliver that.

When they call, I'll go back again, to see him into his room and hang out a while. He will be there perhaps two days, maybe a little less.

Snow is beautiful from inside a warm house. It's wonderful to walk in, just for fun. But to drive in when one is nervous and afraid because a spouse is unconscious and being cut upon by strangers, snow is not friendly. It took me an hour to get there, drop that sling off 30 feet from the door, and get home. It's five and a half miles.

I wore a scarf I bought in India, and driving home 20 mph on very icy roads, there was Hanuman swinging happily. I guess orange plastic Hanuman (or as ours is known, "HanumanTana") isn't much used to snow.

Hanuman on a warmer day

(not the photo I was looking for, but him in Texas, and a song Keith likes)
That "HanumanTana" was Holly's word sculpture.


Cap'n Franko said...

Sending good wishes for a complete and speedy recovery for Keith.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Leah here
e-mail is holdtyte1@aol.com
Thanks so much

Lynch Family said...

We have wicked snow here, 8 ft drift off our back porch.

Scott had shoulder surgery 12 years ago. It was the dawn of my "advocacy" period when I realized hospitals work for the patient, not the other way around. Very life changing,

Sending good wishes for a gentle and not-to-painful recovery.