Rob’s Surgery Update #2–Happy INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Happy Independence Day to all of you, and especially to Rob! With each day that passes, he’s gaining more and more ground in his recovery from his recent total hip replacement.

His surgery was Monday. This is Saturday. He’s doing amazing! They had him up and walking the first day in the hospital and had physical therapy sessions and exercises assigned before he went home on Tuesday evening.

By Thursday morning, he was cooking little pancakes for our nephew, Jake, and his usual morning scramble for himself. Because there are precautions, he can’t bend down and pick things up or do some other actions. But, we fetched him some ingredients and supplies, and he cooked away. No one thought Jake could spend the night Wednesday, as he has almost every week since Covid started, but when he asked, we were able to say “yes” because Rob was doing so well.

He had his first physical therapy yesterday, Friday. By this morning, he had worn the plastic tips off of his walker from so many trips down the road, including the one this morning which was over 1/2 mile.

Jake’s Dad, Ron, came over every day at first to help, mostly for my peace of mind, and to keep Rob company, and take him for walks, etc., and to bring us food. I ended up doing homeschool with Patsy and Jake a couple of times. Everyone welcomed the routine. Another day, my sister came and helped me weed the garden and brought food.

Patsy has been spoiled rotten by Grandma and Aunties and cousins this week. She’s played endless games, and been treated and treated and treated and treated! The day Grandma came, Patsy cooked for her. It’s something all the other kids have done over the years, and Patsy wanted her turn. Grandma is a good sport. She’s eaten many, many interesting meals over the years from many of the cousins, some wonderful, some…….well, interesting. This time, Patsy made her peanut chicken stir-fry, which is amazing, so Grandma was full and happy when she went home. Tonight, she’s off with Michaela and her parents to watch some fireworks from the back of their truck. Jake stayed with me, since neither of us were up for that experience.

Rob is using an ice pack for several hours per day. He’s taking Celebrex, which is like Ibuprofen but stronger, and Tylenol. He’s doing every exercise faithfully, and walking as they said to do, several times per day. He feels very little pain. Some of what he feels is muscle pain as there are muscles in his legs and hip that have not been used for a very long time. That’s it! Can you believe it? I can’t:)

He felt well enough today to have a small 4th of July party with the very small group of family members that we spend so much time with. He and Ron bbq-ed chicken and hot dogs, salads were brought, I made some from garden veggies and lettuce, and my sisters brought ice cream and cake to celebrate Grandma’s birthday.

I know he has a long road ahead of him to build those muscles back up. We’ve been told there will be days that are hard. But, today, we are grateful, we are thankful, we are feeling very blessed by God for the miracle Rob has been granted.

22 thoughts on “Rob’s Surgery Update #2–Happy INDEPENDENCE DAY!”

  1. I am so thankful that he is doing so well.
    I’m also thankful that he has had his surgery and doesn’t have to worry about whether or not the hospitals will again stop his type of surgeries.

    1. No kidding! We were a little anxious that things would shut down again, or the surgery would be cancelled for some other reason, but…all was well!

      I just can’t believe how much difference the surgery has made in less than a week–all in a good way!

  2. Wow, wow, wow! Rob is doing so well – this is such welcome news. His beaming smile says it all. Your flag and yard are just so festive – very 4th of July feeling.

    We had our first major thunderstorm of the season today – so had hot dogs and chips instead of a steak – we’ll have that tomorrow. The rain was so welcome and we decided today to mow and clean the yard so the rain came at a great time. We’ll finish weeding tomorrow and the yard should be good for a few weeks.

    Going to drive up to San Isabel Nat’l Forest and take a picnic lunch on Monday and then do a in-house projects and rest next week. It is to be 100 for several days and just too hot to be outside for any length of time.

    Becky – it sounds like this all was so providential. So many blessings for you, Rob and family.

    Oh – and Patsy is such an accomplished young woman – sewing, gardening and now cooking!

    1. I hope you have a wonderful picnic. That sounds fun! I am so looking forward to loading Rob up and doing the same one of these days.

  3. Wow—Rob looks so good and younger than ever! I’m so excited for you all! We have a wedding here in our big backyard today—our daughter Emily is getting married. (Oh, and her husband is from Portland ?) . It’s been a journey of tears , prayers, and changed plans through this Covid season, but we see Gods hand in it all!

    1. A wedding! How lovely. I hope you enjoyed it so much. I’m sure it’s all over by now, but what a blessed day.

  4. Such an answer to prayer. I’m so happy for all of you..

    Slit some tennis balls to replace to the plastic ‘feet’ on the walker? I’ve read that will work.

    1. He was going to do that, but we don’t have any, and asked the wrong relative to bring some over. She didn’t have any. Another relative did, but we didn’t think to ask them……such is life. He’s changed over to the trekker poles, as they were up and running.

  5. So happy for all of you that he is doing well. Your remark about much difference it has made in less than a week reminded me about my carpal tunnel surgery 21 years ago and how once the left hand was done (6 weeks after the right) I was once again able to sleep through the night. I had been waking up in pain in the middle of every night for 3 years. I am so happy Rob is experiencing similar relief although his road to recovery will be much longer.

    1. He has such pain relief. It’s wonderful. I just heard today of a woman who had the same surgery and had to be on heavy pain meds for several days and recovered much slower. So, I’m double grateful this evening.

  6. Wow!!! This is just amazing!!! Go, Rob, go!!!! I’m so happy for all of you! What a difference a week makes!!! I will continue to pray for you all for smooth sailing and continued healing! Btw, the picture of the red and blue flowers in the planter is so beautiful! Hope you have another great week!

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