I haven’t gone seven days without running (when not injured) .. ever! But … my poor husband had total hip replacement last Monday and other than sneaking out for a run Tuesday morning, I have been pretty much confined to going to work and going to visit him. I should say, take care of him, as the care he received, in my opinion, was pretty mediocre. Don’t get me wrong, I have a ton of respect of good nurses, and I know I don’t have what it takes to be a good nurse, but it seems like a lot of the nurses we encountered didn’t want to be good nurses either. I won’t go into gory details, but I was doing things I’ve never been trained for! Other than administering pain medications (which we had to wait for, for what seemed like an eternity), we were pretty much on our own. When he was transferred to rehab, things pretty much stayed the same, except the food was inedible. I had to bring him all his food, it was that bad. I feel so sorry for the people who are there long-term; I would pass them sitting in the lounge, just staring at their food. More than one would ask me to please take them home — I so wish I could have!
You might think we were difficult. Really all we wanted were the things that would help my husband be comfortable and get better — ice for his hip; water to drink; pain meds; help with hygiene, etc. So began my crash course, because obtaining those things was not that easy! Yes as a wife I expect and want to take care of my husband, but doing some of these things, I was so worried that I was going to hurt him, my nerves were frazzled. He insisted on coming home today,so now I am really worried but happy not to have to go to the rehab center anymore.
These seven days I was out of my house at 7:15 a.m. and didn’t get home until 9:30 p.m. Being so physically and mentally exhausted, I was afraid if I went running I might end up with an injury from “sloppiness.” I decided to be smart, and now my seven days of “nursing” are over. I am relegated back to wife and maybe a little “home health aide”, and hopefully will be back to being a runner tomorrow!