Thursday, July 9, 2009
Close to Nowhere
I always laugh about the fact that I cannot read Milton Winter’s column until after I write my own.
Last week I sent him a note, telling him I’d just gotten an iPhone.
I love gadgets! And we’ve had a bunch of gadgets at our house this past couple of weeks.
When Pop came home from the hospital, he brought with him a “wound vac” and a daily antibiotic IV system.
The wound vac is really not a “new” gadget, but it sure is a complicated one!
After Pop’s “cabbage” (CABG, which means coronary artery bypass graft) and homecoming, he had to go back to the hospital with infected incisions in his arm and the bend of his leg, where veins had been harvested for the “CABG.”
The arm is still quite hideous looking, but it is beginning to heal.
The leg incision had to have more surgery, which is where the wound vac comes in.
It’s actually a vacuum that keeps the area where it’s sealed onto clean and the blood circulating, for faster healing.
This one has leaked, beeped and moaned and makes the oddest noises.
A new home health nurse came Monday to “fix” it, after a weekend of catastrophes that ended with the wound vac being taken entirely off and then turned off!
The new nurse is going to be the “permanent” home health nurse, as long as the wound vac is on. And I think that’s a wonderful thing! She fixed whatever problems it was having and the thing hasn’t made a noise or beeped or leaked around the edges at all. We’re all voting to keep her!
The IV system thing will be over by the time this is printed. The last “globe” of Vancomycin will be used on Wednesday and that is going to be a huge relief!
Mostly because I’ve mostly been the one fooling around with it and I haven’t enjoyed it. I might add, neither has Pop!
But it is cool! It’s a little globe shape, encased in a plastic “sock” with an IV tube attached. Pop has something called a “pic line” hanging out of a vein in his left arm and all you have to do is connect the two tubes. Of course, you have to flush the lines before and after and stuff, but it’s really almost fun. Scary, but fun. After all, it is a gadget!
The iPhone though... I’ve only had it a week and killed it already.
Trying to upgrade the software, somehow I’ve managed to lock it completely.
And I had just put a brand new solitaire game on it!
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