Sunday, April 3, 2011

ALL READY TO GO!

Odel hams it up.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… :)

30 comments:

  1. God bless the surgeon and all those involved tomorrow! And praying for a quick recovery and results beyond your expectations!!!

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  2. I'm pulling for you and sending good vibes your way. Hope to see you when you're up and running around again.

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  3. Best wishes to Odel for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.

    Hopefully, he'll be doing the 100 yd. dash by this summer, or, at least a good brisk walk!!

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  4. Best of luck with the surgery. We'll be waiting for a report. Cute picture!!

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  5. hope the surgery goes well and Odel is back 'home' soon and on the road to recovery!!

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  6. thoughts and prayer for a speedy recovery Odel and I must say I am very jealous lol

    Take Care
    Brenda Brown

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  7. It will be wonderful to have it all done and to onto the recovery! When he gets all through with the knee-bender machine, the PT, the grabbers, the cane and the easy chair, he'll be in fine fetter!

    Emjay

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  8. After this surgery Odel will be able to outrun Forrest Gump. Run Odel run:)) All the best.

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  9. Good luck today. Keep us informed about he's doing.

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  10. Good luck on your surgery Odel. You'll have a pain free summer so you can walk around those golf courses in comfort.

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  11. best of luck Odel and a speedy recovery..

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  12. prayers for a speedy recovery for Odel and for Laurie patience in dealing with him!!

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  13. Wishing you the best ......excellent results and speedy recovery time! Thinking about you this morning and looking forward to a good report!! Blessings, David and Dagmar

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  14. We're thinking of you and picturing you just zooming around, pain free!

    Donna

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  15. Good luck! Speedy recovery!

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  16. Hugs and prayers for Odel and you Laurie--let us all know how things go!

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  17. Sending you both lots of good energy. Know you are both loved and cared for.

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  18. GOOD LUCK ODEL...I KNOW YOU WILL DO FINE BECAUSE YOU WILL OBEY THE DOC!! WHAT A WOMAN THAT LAURIE IS...DUMPING BLACK TANKS..YOU GO GIRL...SENDING GOOD KARMA TO ODEL!!!

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  19. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Dumping the tanks is a lot easier for me than checking the tire pressures. ;P

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  20. Thinking of you. Good Luck and here's hoping for a speedy and pain free recovery.

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  21. Wow - bacteria inspection too? Well, things are done differently in different places, but I'm sure that Odel's knee replacement will be different from the ones the two of us had. We never had to worry about feet! Other than that they were still there. Best wishes to Odel for speedy recovery, and best wishes for you as you have a little more to do for a while, including pulling that black tank valve occasionally!

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  22. We will be waiting to watch & see how the surgery and recovery go. Prayers coming your way!

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  23. Good luck and my thoughts will be with you. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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  24. Yea, Laurie! I'm proud of you for learning to do the "black job!" Best wishes for success in surgery (it may be done by now) and a speedy recovery.

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  25. Good luck on your surgery tomorrow Odel. Remember to do what the Doc and PT person tells you to do. Have had both of mine replaced, doing well.

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  26. You are both going to be very busy for awhile as Odel does his exercises and Laurie adds taking care of his chores to her list. But, please, post a quick blog when you find time and energy to do so just to let us know everything's OK. We care.

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  27. Sending you and Odel good thoughts. Hope the surgery goes well and his recovery is quick.

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  28. So glad for Facebook, Laurie. I was able to see the post on the iPhone even before I managed an internet connection, so know the good outcome to Odel's morning! yayayay and hooray for Odel!

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  29. Having seen Malone's comment, I gather all went well with the surgery. Sending wishes for a speedy recovery.

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