When I was looking at others’ A to Z Challenge ideas, searching for inspirational prompts, I didn’t always read the complete posts. I thought it might be from a fan of legalization of marijuana, when I chose
as the title of the post for the letter
The wife has tried for years to get knee replacement surgery. Her doctor asked her one time if she was a good Catholic, but her days of kneeling are long past. Finally, she got referred to the Orthopedic Surgeon who replaced my left shoulder 10 years ago. He now specializes in knees.
She was told that the first one would be about a year, and the second, six months after. Government funding cutbacks stretched the first to almost 18 months. Despite hours of hospital interviews and paperwork, they still managed to f….oul things up.
Despite clearly marking that she was allergic to pineapple, they served her fruit salad for every lunch and supper – with pineapple in it. (I loved it.) One night, supper was sweet and sour chicken – with pineapple in the sauce. She says that, without me bringing her fresh fruit and vegetables, and Tim Horton’s Tim-Bits (do-nut holes) and coffee, she’d have starved. She lost almost 10 pounds in a 3-day stay.
She also impressed upon her surgeon, that she was allergic to the nickel in (surgical) stainless steel, and insisted that he use sutures, instead of the far more common staples. They still teach suturing techniques in doctor school, but her surgeon has never practiced much. She had hoped for small, delicate stitches, perhaps in a soft blue silk. Instead, he put in 18 big, ghastly, bride-of-Frankenstein’s turkey-trussers, with black fishing line. Still, it healed nicely.
When I had my more complex shoulder surgery, the arm was put in a sling, and I was told not to use it for six weeks, as it healed. Only then could the long, painful process of stretching and strengthening rehab begin. Knee surgeries have become so easy and common, that she was expected to get out of bed, stand and shuffle a couple of steps, the day after surgery.
I worried about the Princess and the Pea wife not doing painful exercises, but have been pleasantly surprised. Although she had already been looking forward to having the second knee done, it’s possible that she’s not looking forward quite so hard now.