Friday, August 23, 2019

Jim Returns to the RV

Jim is back, and we are happy about this.  The dreaded headache did not materialize.  If it had, there would have been another night in the hospital.  The nurse says the dura "really wants to heal" and so it quickly lays down scar tissue and then the inner layers continue to seal up.  To answer previous questions, if the headache did materialize, he would have had another day in the hospital, and then a painful drive home to the RV.  Fortunately, it was a non-event.  Generally loss of spinal fluid resolves on its own.  Very rarely do they have to reopen the wound and go fix it again.

Here is Jim on his first walk today, after sitting in a chair for two hours.  Note that there is no walker in use this time.  Last time he had to use it for three days.


Here he is on the couch.  Today he's spending the rest of the day watching golf.  Tomorrow we start the walking regime.  He's pretty tired, sleeping in a hospital is very difficult.  Notice the laurel just outside the window, that tree is now sixteen feet tall.  It's an amazing specimen.


It was good that the released him today.  The Spinal Center is not open on weekends, and he would have been moved to an older part of the hospital, those rooms aren't nearly as nice. 

10 comments:

  1. Happy to hear that Jim's surgery went well (mostly!).

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  2. You're on the road to recovery when you have a glass in the hand!

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  3. Wow! Fast recovery!! Very happy to hear of no headache. Now to relax and enjoy the down time!!

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  4. He must be so happy to be back in his own surroundings. He looks great! His body’s intelligence is doing its job beautifully. May the healing continue. Sending good thoughts to you both.

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  5. I'm glad the surgery is done and Jim has been released. I didn't even realize that was a window behind him -- that tree is so big and dense!

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  6. No headache and home! all good!

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  7. Yay! So glad Jim is home and didn't get the terrible headache. Looks like he is already healing up quickly. A good sign indeed!

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  8. Great news! I'm glad he's doing well.

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