The classes, the checklists, the doctor visits, the vials of blood drawn and analyzed… the X-rays, scans, tests… it’s all done. Odel has pre-registered for the hospital admission, which is scheduled for the gawd-awful hour of 5 am tomorrow. His bag is packed, checked, and double –checked. He has watched the DVD we received from the hospital, and we’ve gathered the equipment we are most likely to need (and that fits in an RV).
Latest word from the surgeon, after the most recent X-rays, is that a partial knee replacement is a good possibility, with fewer days in the hospital and a faster recovery schedule – welcome news. Pre-surgery instructions call for a shower tonight, and one tomorrow morning (which means 4 am to make that 5 am admission!) with special attention to his feet (bacteria removal)! No food after midnight.
We took a leisurely walk along the levee in the sunshine today; Odel couldn’t stop hamming it up when I wanted a photo. He is in good spirits, ready to get this over with. It will be so nice this summer to be able to walk pain-free!
P.S. (edited at 4:22 am as we get ready to leave for the hospital): In a burst of true love and dedication, I learned how to dump the black water tank! No crawling around on his knees for awhile… :)