A Footnote

Hospital Day Five Thought I’d give you an update on Robert. I’m at the hospital right now, online.

Today Robert had his second foot surgery. The first one was yesterday. What they call an I&D (Irrigation and Drainage). They went in, after feeding him full of antibiotics and cleaning his ‘wound’ every day since Saturday, and cleaned, trimmed and debrided the wound. I guess they didn’t like what they saw when they did the I&D yesterday because today, they went ahead and amputated the great toe. The little piggy went wee, wee, wee. All the way to surgery.

Robert is taking it well. I hope this was the slap upside the head that apparently it takes some stubborn men to decide to mend their ways.

I’ve been sleeping up here on this foldout sofa. I wake up early enough to hit the road around 6:30 a.m., just ahead of the shift change. I dash home, shower, change into work clothes, feed the cats, and head to work.

In the evenings, it’s the reverse. Head home, feed cats, change clothes, head to hospital.

I don’t know when he’s coming home. Perhaps tomorrow or Friday. I’ll have to take time off work to get him home and settled. I’m going to write another post in a minute about some of my observations about hospitals and nurses. I have new appreciation for what people like Joanie do for a living.

Here’s a photo of the former foot, taken Sunday afternoon.

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