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  •  Hi. I just want to let people know that my (15+ / 0-)

    surgery for a permanent hip replacement is set for Monday, April 8th so I won't be around after Sunday.  Not sure for how long but I'll miss all of you something wicked.  :)

    We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

    by Observerinvancouver on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 07:28:39 AM PDT

    •  We'll miss you, too. (9+ / 0-)

      I hope you survive the communisticsocialistfascist Canadian health care system!

      Isn't it called "Medicare" like it is here? Except everyone has it, of course.

      When my period of mourning has ended, I think I'll look around for a nice Canadian man.

      What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

      by commonmass on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 07:31:22 AM PDT

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    •  Hope all goes okay. (11+ / 0-)

      See ya back here soon, I trust.  And I'll be dreadfully disappointed if you don't post video of you doin' the Lambada in your hospital gown.

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    •  Here's hopin' you'll be doin' the (7+ / 0-)

      hippie, hippy shake in no time!!

      Wishing you successful surgery and speedy recovery.

      And hurry back!

      Hugs,
      Marti

      We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

      by The Marti on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 07:46:33 AM PDT

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    •  Call your hospital, see if they have WiFi (2+ / 0-)
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      A few years ago when I had to go to the hospital per doctor's orders (turned out I was in the middle of kidney failure and didn't know it when I went in for my regular blood test), I called and asked if they had WiFi.  Yes, they have "free wifi."  I brought my laptop with, kept in touch with everyone since no one knew I was headed for the hospital.

      A couple of years later I had to have my right knee replaced, the ortho wouldn't let me be home alone and I needed PT afterward..., which meant I had to go to a physical therapy rehab unit (the other wing is assisted living senior citizen apartments, and they can either cook in their units or use the dining room), and the first thing I did when I knew I was scheduled for surgery was call both of the PT places (same setup in each one; a wing for assisted living, the other wing for PT patients who can't stay home alone for a couple of weeks, and owned by the same people).  Again, free wifi in both places.  I went from hospital to PT wings and had internet access in both cases.

      I can't tell you how relieved I was not to be stuck alone with no communication abilities (other than long distance calls which would have cost me extra) with family and friends both in the US and overseas.  It made my hospital and PT stays endurable and I was a much better and more relaxed patient just knowing I could communicate with all the people I care about, get my daily newsletter info, genealogy correspondence (and keep up with DK, for that matter).

      If you have a laptop instead of a large PC setup, access to Wifi may make all the difference in the world (if you're anything like me, that is).  Call ahead and see what's available.

      Now..., if ONLY they could do something about the perfectly awful institution food in all of those places.  How they can ruin perfectly good plain meat and potatoes and veggie is a total mystery to me.  I know my taste buds are changing, but who the hell boils pork chops so they look gray and unappetizing...?  Doesn't anyone use plain potatoes any longer, not those chemically-laced potato flakes with additives to which I'm allergic?  I don't get it.  My "diet" consisted of oatmeal, fruit cups and fresh fruit.  At the PT place I couldn't stand it any longer and ordered pizza a couple of nights.

      I empathize with the hip replacement.  Besides the right knee that was already replaced, I'll have to have the left knee replaced in the future (I'm holding off until I can't stand the pain any longer, but I'm already down to bone grinding on bone like the other one).  My bro (who is 22 mos younger than me) has had both knees replaced.  Degenerative arthritis runs in our family.

      Good luck, get well as soon as possible, and I hope both the hospital and physical therapy place have Wifi for patients...!

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 03:37:04 PM PDT

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