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Playing nurse for a few days

Posted August 23

Rex Healthcare

I'll be taking care of my dad for a little while while he recovers from hip surgery.

Thanks for your patience with deal posts during this time. I will still be blogging every day, but the posts may be more sporadic for a couple days. Feel free to share any advice you have for him on recovering from a hip replacement.

Shout out to UNC Rex Healthcare for the great care they have given my dad! The nurses and all the staff have been amazing! His surgery went great and he is feeling less pain than he has in months.

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  • coupon4me Aug 24, 3:03 p.m.

    Prayers to you and your family!

  • barbiedoll1967 Aug 24, 7:07 a.m.

    Great news Faye! I'm sure you make a fantastic news! You and your dad are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • GJan1 Aug 24, 12:10 a.m.

    Prayers for you and your Dad. Take care of Faye. You have to get away a little for your sanity. It is hard to be the caregiver. Sometimes they take out their frustrations on those closest to them. Family are the worst patients. Just yesterday I told my Dad I had one nerve left and he was on it! Get off it! LOL. Then I told him I love him. The first few days are the hardest. If he is still in the hospital, get some rest before it's 24/7 at home. I believe you said you have a brother helping. You are blessed. He will need breaks too. Praying for him too. Love to all.

  • ascherer Aug 23, 2:50 p.m.

    Sending healing thoughts your way.

    I second what Observant said about pain and aches. Right now there is going to be pain. Stay ahead of the pain with the least amount of drugs he can. The pain meds may take away his appetite but the pain meds may also upset his stomach. Try to get him to eat when he takes them. A glass of milk works too. The aches will more likely come from PT. Ice packs and a heating pad help with the aches. The PT people know what they are doing. Trust them. Once PT is nearing the end, ask them for guidance to help him live independently. That is the main goal - for him to live independently again. The second goal is to still be talking to each other after this. That was always my clue that we needed space from each other and to call someone else in for a few days. It is hard to be a caregiver for a parent because the rolls are reversed from the normal for a while. You are taking care of him but don't forget to take care of you too. I hope he has a speedy recovery.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Aug 23, 2:21 p.m.

    Thanks for the advice everyone! Dad is doing great today!

  • observant Aug 23, 11:50 a.m.

    Best Wishes to your Dad !
    Advice from my doctor after major surgery (cancer) :
    There is PAIN and there is ACHE
    Find source of pain and treat it
    Try to work thru the ache - muscles will ache but they must "work" to get better
    I remembered this every time I thought about taking medication -I wound up using much less and was back on my feet much sooner ( no marathons and I was slower for a few weeks but still getting most things done that I had to do ) .

  • aerogirl2084 Aug 23, 11:01 a.m.

    Best of luck to you Faye--my thoughts and prayers are with you. I have had to play nurse to my mother many times--hopefully your dad is a good patient (makes a difference :). Rex is a good hospital, I must agree. My advice is patience, and making sure you still take care of yourself during this time (easier said than done, but important!)

  • sandyandevie Aug 23, 10:27 a.m.

    i am so sorry to hear about your Dad. please take good care of him. it is very important to make sure your presence is known at the hospital. you are lucky to have such a good experience. i hope he feels better soon and the surgery was a success.

  • jdouglas13 Aug 23, 9:48 a.m.

    Sending big hugs for you both and healing thoughts for your Dad. My advice:

    1. Slow and steady wins the race.

    2. Trust what your body is telling you, but also that the PT folks know what they're are doing when they say "bend that (frozen) joint"!