Now the Healing
Here is the door into day surgery. We were not looking forward to it but knew it had to be done. We arrived by nine thirty and got home a little after five. It was a good thing we left a little early because road construction was going on and it took us almost twenty minutes to get through one light. None of us slept well the night before. The doctor changed the time to earlier so Dawn had no time to get any rest when she got home from work.
Steve wasn't as nervous about the surgery this time - just hoping that all would go smoothly. The hospital had this tracking chart on the wall and a number for each patient so you could see when they went into the surgery room, when they were in surgery and when they were done. After Steve recovered enough they called us to go back to see him in recovery and to help him get dressed. Every one was so nice and a few of the nurses remembered Steve from when he was there before.
I guess it was the anesthesia but Steve wouldn't even take his shoes off when we came home. After I hooked up the cooling pump to him and he slept a while he agreed to change into something comfortable.
The doctor said that the scar tissue had grown together and that one of the clips he had put in had come lose. It was no wonder that all that therapy wasn't doing any good. It was making it worse. Now the doctor says it is going to be a fine line to get Steve back into therapy as quickly as possible but he has to have time to heal also. They put that big stabilizer on his arm again and a pain pump which we go to the doctor's Friday to have removed. He is still getting the anesthesia out of his system so has been up and down all night drinking water. He has decided that the couch just won't do and is now trying the bed. It was a good thing I bought that big pillow a while back - I couldn't use it but it raises him up a little on the bed.
Poor Moocher he just doesn't know what to think. I do believe he regonizes the cooler and the stablizer he did go over to Steve and let him pet him a few minuets. We have to work out some arrangements but at least it is over and now the healing can begin - again.
Thanks to everyone who had Steve in their prayers. There was a man in the waiting room who had a bible he was reading - it looked like it had been read many times - and it was a reminder to me that a lot of people were praying for Steve. I was more nervous this time then he was.