Friday, May 17, 2013


Today my Mom is having knee replacement surgery and as I write this we are at the hospital just having given her our love, hugs and a kiss to send her on her way to surgery! She is in the best surgical hands possible, but as anyone who has ever waited for someone having surgery knows, it is always an anxious time waiting until you can see them safely returned from the O.R. with nothing but good news from the doctor.

I didn't think I would be able to come and be part of her support team (oldest Brother took the day off from work to drive her and my Dad and it worked out at the last minute that I could come along). It was important to me to be here for her; just to have her know I was here too because she sat alone waiting for me SO many times while I've been in surgery. It was important to me that I do this for her, even though she worried it would be too much for me. I told her I didn't care if it was hard for me; some things are just worth it!

So, when I realized I was going to come along, I had a great idea - why not call my IC doctor's office and see if there was a nurse available to give me an instillation when we all got down to the hospital. His office is at the same hospital where Mom is having surgery. SO why not "kill two birds with one stone" and see if I could get in and get an instillation. Well, they were so nice and got me in for an instillation at 2:30 which was perfect timing as Mom's surgery was scheduled for 4PM. I was able to help my brother and Dad navigate the hospital a bit, they took Mom to pre-op and we couldn't go back until she was all prepped, so while that was being done, I walked over to my doctor's office, got my instillation and got back with plenty of time to spare to see Mom before they wheeled her off to the O.R. 

Smartest thing I've done. It is making me more comfortable as we sit and wait. So I feel good about finding a way to be here, make it easier for me to do so and be part of my Mom's "support team"!

Every once in awhile, I get a good idea. I was already wishing I could have instillation today anyway. I just had one on Monday, but today was feeling like I could use another. So this worked out well. 

We have some time to wait still until Mom is done with surgery. We are anxious but know she is in excellent hands. Just want to see her out and in recovery. Then my "sainted mother" will totally ROCK physical therapy!


  1. Catherine, I'm glad you were able to be there for your Mom as part of her support team. I hope that your "sainted mother" is doing well and her recovery goes smoothly. Hugs and prayers to you both!!!

  2. Barbara - THANK YOU so much for your kind and thoughtful words of support and encouragement! She is doing very well and hopefully comes home tomorrow (Monday).