Saturday, May 19, 2012

Mother's Knee surgery

 My mother, Wanda Scoles, had both knees replaced back in 1999.  Her right one was giving lots of trouble lately, and she had surgery on it on May 7.  We were grateful the replacement parts did not have to be replaced, but the doctor was able to modify what was causing the trouble.  We got to Joplin on Tuesday, May 15 when she was already in rehab and doing well with her therapy. Below is the automated exerciser that is slowly moving her leg and bending it to 90 degrees at that time.  The blue thing is a ice pack that she is still using at home.  It is hooked to the "thermos jug" on the windowsill, which has a motor and circulates ice water in the pack.
Janet visiting with Mother.  She was thrilled with my wavy hair, like I knew she would be!
My friend, Phyllis McKibben, came to see us while we were there visiting Mother.  Phyllis and I were bosom friends in nursing school.  We graduated in 1981.  We have written letters through the years, and seen each other a few times, but this year, we have been corresponding often through email.  It was so fun to see her again.  Phyllis knew my parents those many years ago, and they were glad to see her too.  Her coming gave Mother other things to think about besides her knee!
Mother got out of the rehab hospital on Wednesday afternoon and was in church Wednesday evening!.  She didn't want to miss seeing Charissa get dedicated!  (Watch for that post!)  We were so grateful that she was able to do it.  She is still weak, but doing great with a nurse and a therapist making home visits.


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