Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Thanks to all for the good thoughts and wishes. I have indeed spent the last few months keeping 'my toes above my nose' several times a day. I have even figured out how to use the computer in that mode, however not how to post except single finger mode. Not being able to drive, due to Medicare requirements, is the biggest problem for us just now, as my wife is overdue for cataract surgery and has trouble driving at night or in any glare, and is used to my doing the provisioning. But it will get her out of the house more. :-)

I am torn between taking over the re-dressing of the wound two times a week, which would allow me to resume driving by stopping home health care, but would also deprive me of the 24/7 support security blanked I now enjoy. In the first two days home I stepped on the hose with my right foot while moving my left foot twice, neatly popping the suction attachment off my foot each time. The first time was late at night as I was going to bed in the dark and left the basic bandage intact. I was able to install a new attachment successfully and a nurse came the next day on schedule to replace the bandage. Then I did it again the next night, this time requiring a complete re-dressing, which I performed adequately to get me through to the next visit, though with the pump working harder than I would have liked due to a poor seal. The plan is to have the nurse supervise me on the next couple of visits until I am proficient. I now routinely tape the hose to my leg under my pants, emerging at the waist and carry the pump on a belt around my waist. That seems to protect the assembly acceptably.

At least no shortage of excitement!

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Dec 8th, 2014 at 03:19:21 PM EST
Well I really wish you a quick recovery!
by Xavier in Paris on Mon Dec 8th, 2014 at 06:50:26 PM EST
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