Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Week in the Hospital

This week has been crazy to say the least.  To be honest, I feel as if I've been pulled in a thousand different directions all at once.  Thanksgiving was fun and restful and wonderful, but Monday started the craziness.

Monday morning I woke up early and went to the hospital.  Dad was scheduled to have a hip replacement, and I wanted to be there for him.  I was in the hospital from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm merely waiting for him to get out of surgery and recovery.  I thought I might leave between 6:00 and 7:00, but as meds wore off and hunger set in, Dad started feeling not-so-great, so I stayed later.  I was probably home between 8:00 and 9:00.  I didn't sleep so great that night.

The next morning, I was back in the hospital bright and early.  Dad was feeling much better, and I was relieved.  Actually, overall Dad has done extremely well.  He's been in little to no pain, and most of the pain he is feeling is simply from the surgical incision.  He's been in good spirits, and was a physical therapy favorite.  It was interesting to compare him to other patients.  There were others who had been operated on on the same day, but who still couldn't walk on their own today.  Dad was discharged today, and was such a trooper.  He's not feeling so great this evening, but that's probably just from all the exertion from earlier.  Hopefully he'll be better tomorrow.

On Another Note...
I am trying to get back into a good work-out routine.  I had one for the longest time, but have failed miserably lately.  To make matters worse, recovery from my fender bender is taking longer than I'd expected, so I have to take things slowly.  Add to that the cold weather, and exercise isn't happening right now.
My doctor has given me a few exercises I can do, and will continue to work with me (I really love her), but I'm hoping to improve more.  So, now I must ask, what do you do to help stay healthy during the winter?  Do you stay indoors, endure the cold, or go to the gym?  Or, are you like I've been lately and simply figure that the added weight is needed for the colder temperatures?  If you have any tips, please let me know!

Thank you very much!


  1. First I set a goal, like an upcoming race, then I register for it. I focus on getting ready for that race. I usually want to beat a previous time, but right now I just want to be able to complete it.

    I understand recovery taking longer then expected. I just recently got the ok to run from my physical therapist but only in one minute increments.

  2. Glad your dad is doing well! Even a 'routine' surgery can be unnerving. As for winter exercise, well... I have a love/hate relationship with the gym. I am hoping to get back to P90X in a couple weeks. We shall see!!