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My husband had an accident
, is in hospital
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Hi everyone. I thought I would let you all know our family's current situation because we need all the support we can get. Yesterday, Monday, my husband had an accident with the lawn mower and mangled the toes on his right foot. He was going backwards and bumped into something he forgot was there, the lawn mower lifted up, he slipped and his foot went under the mower.
The ambulance took him to the hospital where it seemed an interminable amount of time for him to be given pain relief that really made any difference at all. He is so kind and caring that he made me go home after being there about three hours and still waiting for the orthopaedic surgeon. My son stayed until about 12:30 AM.
They finally took him to surgery. He had multiple fractures in his big toe and third toe and lost part of his second toe. They kept him overnight to monitor the blood flow to his foot and his pain and pump him with antibiotics to prevent infection. They did not medicate him enough, and when my daughter, Mere, a nurse, called to check on his status she was very dismayed to hear what little he had been given. They are now giving him more but still not enough. I do not understand this. He is a big man.
They took him to PT to put weight on his foot and it was so excruciating you could hear him screaming practically throughout the whole hospital. That set off another whole pain cycle that when I talked to him was still trying to be brought under control. I am really disgusted with this hospital.
Thank God my son is living at home now, or I don't know what I would do. I depend on my husband for everything and this is just the kind of thing I have been in fear of for years. It is very overwhelming. He told me not to come to the hospital today because I have had a blasting headache, which is now just subsiding. I got online to try to distract myself. Also, Thans God that my daughter, Mere, the nurse, who lives in NJ, is off for a few days and is coming home tonight. She will make sure he is given the proper dose of pain meds.
I don't know how long he will be in the hospital. I hope they will keep him until he is able to manage the pain. I hope Mere will be here when he comes home because we have to figure out comfortable arrangements for his recuperatioon. He will be incapacitated for about 8 weeks. No golfing for him for awhile, I am afraid.
My son is going to have to pick up a lot of the slack around here, plus I am going to have to force myself to do more without overdoing it. My son goes back to school after Labor Day, plus works part time, plus studies to maintain an A average.
We will manage, but there will be a lot of adjustments to be made, and I am going to have to cancel all but the most necessary Dr. appts. My other daughter in NC said she could probably come home for a weekend to help out. I hope she can because we were planning a visit to see her and our grandchildren, although I don't know if she would bring all the grandchildren.
Please keep us all, and especially my husband, in your thoughts and prayers, which I know you will. I am mostly concerned about his pain and that infection doesn't set in, and that my son and I will be able to manage everything around here while my husband is laid up.
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