Nana came through her second hip surgery in fine fettle.
Of course, the first thing Nana did when she woke up from the surgery was extract her catheter.
There are several folks around here — your Humble Scribe included — that wince every single time she does that, but she is adamant that “civilized people” go to the litter box to do their business, and at 99 years of age who are we to argue?
Less amusing was her ripping the surgical drain out of the incision during a foggy moment. I’m here to tell you, walking into the room about the time that she took a firm grip on the tubing and yanked rates right up there on the Top Ten Nausea Inducing Moments of my little life.
Anyhoo, since this was the second break in less than six months, the doctor recommended that her physical therapy be at a full-time centre.
Believe it or not, the nursing centre here in Bugscuffle, Texas has a first-rate physical therapy department, so Nana has been staying at the nursing centre until the doctor figures they can’t do her any more good.
Last week we noticed that the surgery site on her left hip wasn’t matching what the surgery site on her right hip looked like. When we brought this up to the staff, they agreed that things weren’t quite matching up and that the facility witch-doctor had put Nana on a just-in-case dose of antibiotics.
Well, couple of night back, things cut loose. Literally (and metaphorically) speaking.
So. Nana is back in the Big Hospital on I.V. vancomycin while a whole bunch of folks in white coats scurry about trying to find out how deep the infection in my 99-year-old grandmothers’ left hip goes.
Damn it, if she’d’ve let the sodding drain alone, I’m willing to bet this’d not have happened.
She doesn’t seem to have any pain, but how the hell would we know if she was? Her appetite is still good — at least, she was systematically getting on the outside of a plate-full of roast chicken with new taters and baby carrots when I left, so I think that’s a Good Sign.
Ah, well. Family. You gotta love them, ’cause whacking them is against the law.