I got that scary call we all dread from a family member that they are ill and need to go to the hospital E.R. My 87 year old Dad called with severe abdominal pain, later diagnosed as a hernia. This lead to emergency surgery and a hospital stay. The risk factor of surgery at his age was worrisome to say the least. But he also has a bad heart and is struggling through the difficult period of mourning the recent loss of his wife. In spite of everything, Dad pulled through the ordeal with flying colors.
This all started Wednesday night, he is home now, and the surgery sight is very small and without complications. However, I’m faced with a rather difficult situation that was not expected. Seems nobody at the hospital bothered to inform me of another problem I may encounter during the home care I volunteered for. Actually two problems… after a hernia surgery the testicles swell up and are very uncomfortable. Now this is definitely new territory for me and one I haven’t quite figured out how to address. This is my Dad! Oh my.
Buried in the hospital release papers were instructions for home care. Oh yes, there it was, a solution to to ease the pain from swelling… there. An athletic supporter, ok, I’ve heard of that… but whatever that looks like I have no idea. Dad says he has one, good. I’m bringing his lunch in a little while, will he have located this item and be wearing it?
Dear God, I don’t ask for much… please say yes.