Tuesday, August 24, 2010

No Place like Home

We got home Saturday night. The hospital was a wild ride. Too much to go into, except to highlight. Excy's surgery was about five hours, and they let me see him for only 10 min. that first night. He was 10 lbs puffed up from meds, and riddled with tubes, wires, breathing tubes, tied down to keep from ripping out the tubes, and looked so bad when I saw him, the next day I marveled at how much one could change just overnight. Thankfully, he looked like himself again. I haven't had as dramatic a change with my brain and other surgeries...when they stop your heart for an hour it makes a drastic difference.

He had a minor set-back days later, so we had to spend more time there than we anticipated, but overall it went well, and the Cleveland Clinic is a stellar hospital. The hotel attached to it, on the other hand, was not -- charging what they do, we were surprised. The first night we had to change rooms the next day, and they tried to double-bill us at the end and it took until today to get it straight, but thankfully our bank didn't make us pay the overdraft charges that resulted. Excy almost didn't make it through the commute home, nearly fainting by the time we reached Chicago for our second flight, and he has run a low grade fever since, but I think he's on the mend now. I got pulled over driving us from the airport, but the cop didn't give me a ticket -- not even a warning ticket -- I think he could tell I was on the brink of a genuine breakdown by then...

Thanks for all the thoughts. I will write something later this week.

11 comments:

Chris said...

I look forward to hearing more. Glad you're both home.

ReformingGeek said...

Wow! I'm glad you are back. I'm sending positive and healing thoughts your way.

wendy said...

WOW, what an ordeal. I so hope your hubby continues to improve.

My hubby has hip replacement surgery next week. It seems like a BIG deal to me, but probably nothing compared to the surgeries and things you and your husband have endured.

hugs

Cheeseboy said...

Sending you and your husband best wishes. Hopefully things will continue to go well.

A hotel connected to the hospital? Never heard of that.

e said...

I hope you both can rest and things will improve now you're home.

Hugs to you both!

running42k said...

Hope he improves quickly and you have to love the good karma involved with the cop.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

I'm glad you're both home.
I hope both of you can heal quickly and effortlessly as possible. The caregiver needs a lot of TLC too you know. Take of your self too along the way.

Doris Sturm said...

Oh, no! That all sounds very serious. I will keep you and your husband in my prayers! God bless you!

The Urban Cowboy said...

How did I manage to miss this? Know that you both are in my thoughts and prayers.

Tony Single said...

I hope Excy improves in leaps and bounds from here on in, and that you get to step back from the brink of breakdown. You both need something good to happen! Take care, won't you. :)

dana said...

I assume that your husband has enough youth on his side to do a full recovery. I have found that once we pass the 50 year mark, our ability to bounce back is gone and we never fully recover after each successive illness and surgery.