My diagnosis with Parkinson's Disease in September 2009 at age 80 gave my life a new focus and challenge. Finding ways to meet this challenge helped make 2010 the best year of my life. I hope this blog will be a place where I can connect with others who also are dealing with aging and its afflictions and attractions so that we can share our "experience, strength and hope."
January 31, 2017
My Fall, Hip, Operation, Rehab, and Schedule
With my friend David. His shirt reads “LIFEGUARD,” which --
as far as this narrative is concerned -- is just about
It’s been an interesting week and a half. Here’s a recap
Friday, January 20
In the morning, I fell hard in my upstairs home office. I crawled over to get my cell phone on the
desk and called my friend David, who arrived quickly. He wanted to call 911 and
get me to Sibley Hospital’s emergency room, but I wanted to stay at home.
That night, wondering how I’d get into bed and manage to sleep, I
finally relented and asked David to call 911. We arrived at the emergency room
around 11pm. The medical team there decided to wait until morning to complete
the necessary tests.
No surprise -- the tests revealed a fractured hip. There were other issues, too. It
looked like surgery would happen the next day.
The schedule of surgeries was already full, and I was a late addition.
By 3pm, the hospital team advised me that there was no way they could operate
that day. The surgery would happen tomorrow.
It was another busy day of surgeries at Sibley. I was relieved when the
pre-op unit team began the prep process around 3pm. I didn’t want to wait yet
During the operation, I developed some respiratory issues. My surgeon
determined there were indications of pneumonia, but was able to complete the
operation. Sometime after 6pm, I was sedated.
Tuesday, January 24
I woke up around 9am and learned
that the operation had been successful. I was surprised by how well I felt.
Discussions this day mostly concerned the timetable for my release from
the hospital. The staff unanimously recommended that I enter Sibley’s
Renaissance Recovery Facility, which provides intensive post-operative physical
therapy. Naturally, I wanted to get home as quickly as possible and balked
at the notion of a lengthy rehab process at this facility.
Late that afternoon, after struggling -- even with lots of help -- to get
out of bed, to get into the bedside chair and then move to the nearby commode, I realized I couldn’t try to hurry home. Assisting me in my current condition would place
a huge burden on my housemates and friends. I needed more professional
Another scheduling problem: the Renaissance Recovery Facility was fully
booked, so I spent an extra day at Sibley.
Friday, January 27 through the Present
I’ve resided at the Renaissance, getting regular physical therapy.
So, When WILL I Go Home?
Every Thursday, the rehab center holds “care planning” meetings, which
focus on the progress and discharge possibilities for everybody in rehab. Patients
are welcome to sit in, and so are family members and friends.
My planning meeting will occur at 11:20am on Thursday,
February 2. There is some chance I might be discharged as early as
this Friday, but I am beginning to think my return home will more likely happen
early next week.