Thursday, June 28, 2012

He'll Be Dancing Soon Enough!

Brian had his left hip replaced last Tuesday morning and has been recovering quite quickly.  He stayed in the hospital 3 nights (I stayed with him on the most uncomfortable roll away bed ever made), and has been at the rehab facility since Friday (their pull out bed was a little more comfortable). 

I stayed with him until yesterday morning, then we decided it was time for me to come home.  I made sure that he could get in and out of bed by himself, take a shower and get dressed by himself, and walk to physical therapy without any support. 

I hated leaving him, but my boys were anxious to come home.  They love staying with my Parental Units, but they were missing the comforts of home.  Shaney especially missed his XBox. Plus I was really missing my boys.  They will going on vacation with the Units and my nieces for 2 weeks beginning July 8th (my birthday) to California and Las Vegas, so I needed to get my fix of them before they leave.

Anyway, Brian is doing so well at therapy they are letting him come home tomorrow.  They had him practice going up and down a set of stairs (don't know what we were thinking when we decided to buy a 2-story house with all the bedrooms upstairs), and he said it was a "piece of cake." 

So tomorrow Spencer and I are going shopping for a shower seat.  The facility is going to give him a walker (well they're going to charge the insurance for it anyway) and a raised toilet seat.  They have given him some other cool gadgets to help him get in and out of bed and put his socks and pants on without rotating his hip.  Apparently if he rotates his hip, it could dislocate and we would have to do this all over again!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

My Talented Older Son!


I never get tired of hearing Spencer sing.  This is part of his end of year concert for his choir. Forty students auditioned for 14 slots in the solo/duet showcase. This was Spencer's solo performance.

Metal Clips on my Underwear?

Ended up spending another 4 hours at the hospital yesterday to have my arthrogram and hip MRI done. The arthrogram was much more painful than the injection they gave me Tuesday. Having dye injected into the hip bone without the benefit of a numbing medication was not what I was expecting.

After surviving the arthrogram, they wheeled me down to get my MRI. I had to go into the tube feet first all the way up to my neck (being claustrophobic this was not fun). I had to have my arms stretched over my head hanging onto the bar for almost 45 minutes. It was freezing in the room, so everything started hurting (dumb fibro). About 30 minutes into the procedure, the technician comes in and asks if I have metal clips on my underwear (WTF, why would I have metal clips?). After I answer no, he says okay 3 more minutes. Fifteen minutes later he finally comes back to say we are finally finished. When I asked him about the metal clips question, he said he saw an anomaly on the screen but it was probably nothing to worry about (probably is not a word I wanted to hear). He did say my doctor should have the results by tomorrow.

It was very painful to walk yesterday after they were finished.  I still hurt today, but at least I'm able to move about (though I'm moving very, very slowly)! I hope to never have to do that test again!