I was even happier to be reunited with my girlfriend Nivah!
Doctors usually urge their patients who’ve undergone hip replacement surgery to have someone else on hand during their first week at home. I got lucky.
I’ve talked before about my good friend Joey, my on-call chauffeur, gardener, shopper, and all-around helper. As fate would have it, Joey’s wife Georgelyn is a nurse in the intensive care unit at Sibley Hospital.
Nurses typically work 12-hour shifts three days a week. Since Georgelyn usually works weekends, she’s been available to take care of me during the day through this first week at home. She leaves shortly before my housemates return from work. So, my serendipity strikes again.
Joey and Georgelyn are natives of the Philippines. Over these past few years, I’ve often seen Filipinos in caregiving roles. Many of the Sibley nurses are from the Philippines. About half of my Parkinson's support group members have Filipino caregivers. My own experience – and comments I’ve heard – suggest that Filipinos have a natural gift for this work.
Unfortunately, Joey and Georgelyn can't do my exercises for me. I need to step up my game here. Tomorrow, I start working with a physical therapist.
But for now, all is well.