What can I say but thank you, Lord, it’s over and Mark is getting better. We left Monday for Fort Kent, Maine, where an awesome doctor named Lapinsky did a full hip replacement on Mark Tuesday morning. Yayayayay!!!! We finally have the solution!
The first thing I noticed as I drove up to the hospital was the cemetery wraps right around the hospital itself. What moron planned that???? I shot this photo from the window of the Family Waiting Room where I stayed while Mark had surgery. The lake and beyond is New Brunswick, Canada.
The surgery that was supposed to last three hours went on for five. Recovery that was supposed to last about an hour went on for two. It was a loooooong day! A wonderful nurse named Judy came out every hour and updated me. Mark’s hip had fused together and Dr. Lapinsky had a heck of a time getting all the bad cartilage out. Hence the five hours. The Chief Officer of Operations for the hospital came by to check on me. His wife is the awesome Amanda who helped get us to Dr. Lapinsky. Bless her heart, we just love her! And I think her husband is pretty awesome, too! He had the nurses bring me a tray from the kitchen and I ate every bite! I had never eaten hot beets before. We always eat them cold. They were really yummy! And that baked and crusted haddock was, too! I even had a cookie of some sort. Can’t remember. It was a super stressful day.
While I waited, I tangled this. Nurse Judy loved it! Ringz and Amigo One and Two. Fun stuff!
And I drew this. Flowers that I could draw without thinking about them. Just something to keep me busy while I waited. I was the only person in that Family Waiting Room the entire day. The only person I saw was Nurse Judy. She was so sweet. And Amanda’s husband who sent me food.
This one I drew at the house before we left for Fort Kent. I haven’t decided yet if I want to shade this or color it. Or just stick it in a folder.
And finally surgery and recovery was a done deal and I got to go check on Mark. He looks alert and awake, right? Not so much. Hahahahaha! Pretty drugged up here. And happy that the hip had been taken care of. He kept telling me thank you.
And he was still happy the next morning when he took his first walk after having the full hip replacement surgery. He walked to the door and back to the bed. Later that day therapy got Mark up again and he walked to the other end of the hall and back.
While we were there Mark’s sister Sandy sent some beautiful flowers! And a stuffed black bear and some balloons. Made Mark smile. He has a great sister!
We are home now and Mark is getting around well with the walker. I expect in the next day or two he will be swapping that walker for his cane. And probably another week or so after that he will be walking better than he has for a long time. Fort Kent’s Dr. Lapinsky and staff made our year! Thank you! And thank you to each of you who prayed for us and sent well wishes. Every single one of them helped! And were appreciated so much!
Actually, check this out. I wrote that post last night and scheduled it to post this morning. Well, this morning Mark got up and felt pretty good. He tried his cane instead of the walker and did great with it. Five days post-surgery and he was able to get himself in and out of the car and we went to Grammy’s Country Diner for breakfast. He was pretty proud of himself! What a difference this hip replacement is going to make for him!