I always get so much support from this board, so this is my first place to turn. My mom just told me that he fell and fractured his hip in two places (won't need a replacement as of yet, but is getting two pins in tonight at 10). I am a junior and haven't done my med-surg rotation yet (next term!) ...so please forgive me if I sound ignorant...but what exactly can he expect for recovery time? Is there anything I can tell my mom to be helpful? I am driving down to California in the a.m. My dad is 79 and has Multiple Sclerosis as well (he still walks but is slowing down a great deal). I just want to be there for him. I think my mom said he would be in the hospital for 4 days and possibly in rehab afterwards.
I did read through my Med-Surg text but sometimes it is nice to hear more personal words of wisdom. Thank you so much to anyone who can offer some words of support or advice...(this is a little stressful because I had a dream 3 nights ago my dad died...I never have those sorts of dreams! and then this phone call came in tonight...you can imagine my mind racing...)
Dec 21, '05
I couldn't sleep very well at all last night, and I soooo appreciate your advice. We are leaving here in a few hours. Surgery went okay, he is really disoriented this a.m. (asking if he had surgery repeatedly...?) Thank you so much for the advice...I will make sure he uses his IS and explain to my mom everything you have all said.
Be back in a few days...
edit...had to turn around and come back, ugh....apparently he has a positive chest x-ray for TB, and now my mom is going to have to get an x-ray too. I am waiting to hear back from my brother who is going to talk to the doc this a.m....I don't think it's a good idea to go visit (and stay in their house) if TB is floating around. And I just started spiking a fever this morning while getting ready to go...argh, looks like my kid shared his sickness with me. Tis the season...
Last edit by RNin2007 on Dec 21, '05