As of yesterday morning I am married to a Structurally Modified Organism, or SMO. Kay underwent surgery at Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, CO and received a badly needed knee replacement. Everything went smoothly and a few hours later she took her first tentative steps. Today she was out in the hallway with a walker and did the length of a football field. We are keeping our fingers crossed that she can come home in a day or so. Kay will use a walker and a cane for a while, and doing physical therapy until she no longer needs those aides.
We are both quite relieved that everything went so smoothly. It turns out that St Mary’s has the third highest rated orthopedic department in the U.S., and the floor she is on is rated first in the U.S. The room she occupies is on the 8th floor of the hospital and has quite a spectacular penthouse view of Grand Mesa, Grand Junction, and the Colorado National Monument.
It amazes me how quickly her doctor did the operation with all a joint like the knee entails in about an hour and a half. The knee replacement took less time than it took me to replace our kitchen faucet. The doc knew what he was doing and must have measured carefully as Kay’s legs are still the same length! How good is that.?
This afternoon I took the dogs to visit Kay. Yes, your dog can come and visit you in the hospital. It’s Colorado after all, and dogs can go almost anywhere. Well, maybe not a cathouse. But, who knows!
All is well here but there are still weeks of recuperation head. So far everything looks really promising.
On a final note I would like to thank Kay’s great doctors and nurses….and, Lyndon Baines Johnson who gave us all Medicare those many years ago. Without Medicare this happy day would not have happened for us.