Dr. Rohlman, the infectious disease doctor, is taking Dane off his vancomyacin drip on Friday, if all continues to go well. He’ll then go on some pills that he can take orally which will make him eligible to go to a skilled nursing center. Dr. Roman will continue to monitor him wherever he goes as there is still a possibility that his “bone flap” from his surgery is infected.
We’re aiming for Life Care of Wichita, near Central and Edgemore. Jennifer, his case worker, is starting with the preliminary inquiries and setting the stage for his move. Interestingly, they have never taken a patient from this Select Specialty Hospital but they have taken numerous patients from the same hospital at Via Christi.
I had thought he would receive the same level as here or more physical therapy at Life Care, but I apparently am not as informed as I thought. Maybe it was wishful thinking. They do have some, but not as much as here. None of the skilled nursing centers in the area have a great deal of therapy to offer. The main thing with him will be to get the bed sore healed and get him in a wheel chair and standing by the bed so that he can proceed to Lady of Lourdes for rehab. He is very weak and that continues to be a problem.
Thursday I am accepting the generous invitation from Betty and Pete to come stay with them for a few days. Ginger’s daughter, Jill, and son, Luke, are coming to visit Bobbo (Ginger) and YaYa (John Elway) and they need more room at the inn. That Luke is a character…two years old and a bundle of fun. I’ll stop by Ginger’s to post my blogs or try to do them here at the hospital since Pete and Betty don’t have a computer. I might add that Pete had one of the first computers when he worked for the UP back in the days when they were the size of a room and used punch cards. That would be a deterrent to anyone to develop a love for computers.
Brit went to Salina today to try to get a glimpse of the Global Flyer in action. He had a spot picked out off Burma Road that he thought might give him a good view. Knowing him, he’ll find a good vantage point. I wish he could get up close and touch it. I would love to be going on that flight! I’d call my friend Joyce as she’d go too. She’s the one I tagged along with when we flew the Goodyear blimp over Houston and handled the controls of the USS Topeka, a nuclear class attack sub, out of San Diego for a day. We did angles and dangles and upped the periscope. We did it all. Those were two of the best experiences ever!
Well, it should be safe to return to Dane’s room and see how he handled “standing up”. My guess is that it wasn’t successful, but we’ll continue trying. It hurts him so much I don’t like to be around when he yells. This too shall pass.
Tonight Ginger and I are going to have our usual Monday night two for one hamburgers from Spangles. She and Don used to do that all the time. I go get a couple of bacon cheeseburgers or the ones with mushrooms on sour dough and eat them at her house and watch the tube. They are actually pretty good.
Last night we were invited to Martha and David’s (her son and wife) for an excellent dinner. I explained carefully to Dane where we were going as he met David long ago. But, it was too much. He asked if we were going to eat in the store. I realized he was talking about the trendy “Martha and David’s” clothing store in Salina. He said, “You don’t seem to think I get out very much, do you? But I do. I just saw Martha and David last week!” But then when I had a lapse in memory myself and said I couldn’t remember Martha’s maiden name, he told me. He’s meds and being in bed for so long tend to confuse him, but otherwise he does very well in the memory department. It gets better all the time. I have no such excuses!
More as life unfolds. For some reason when I post on this computer at the hospital, it drops words or parts of words. I’ll try to fix this tonight.
P.S. Brit went to Burma Road and found a place he could see the Global Flyer take off. With his binocs he said he had a good view. Then he went down town for an errand and by the time he returned to his spot, the police had the road blocked off. So he went home to see it on TV, but like the rest of us, he missed that too. Maybe we’ll catch a rerun sometime today on the news.