It's been nigh on ten days of dressing, swabbing, bandaging and helping a helpless man without the total use of his hands, poor lambie.
It was a very painful process - the healing and the convalescing bit - but hopefully as from 10am today, Grant will have full use of his hands and that the feeling returns to his digits.
When he came out of surgery two weeks ago in the hospital, I was waiting at his bed in a general ward. It was rather more uncomfortable compared to when he had a private ward in November last year. The ward had five beds in it, benches and plastic chairs for visitors next to each bed as well as a trolley across the bottom of each.
Grant was fully awake and declared he was starving. He'd been fasting since 7 that morning and it was now already 8.30pm.
The man returned from surgery bandaged to the hilt!
I'd arranged for his dinner to be brought to him but of course, with his hands bandaged up, I cut up the bangers and mash and fed it to him!
Our sons (one in Marquard and one in Mozambique) wanted to know how their dad was so I sent them several photos by Whatsapp to keep them in the loop.
Meanwhile, the patient asked if I could lift his bed to a more comfortable position. In our previous hospital sojourn, we'd used the remote control to lift and let down the bed. This evening, though, I couldn't find the electronic gadget; instead I located a lever on the left side of his bed. Which I pulled and dropped the poor man flat on his back!
Not impressed when his nurse dropped him flat on his back!
Each of the other four patients had two or more visitors so when I dropped Grant's bed, the whole ward burst out laughing! Eventually Grant had to laugh as well!
I called the sister on duty and she found the remote and lifted Grant to a more comfortable position
The next morning the sister removed the large bandages and added a small plaster.
The hand-socks which kept the dressings safe and sterile
Halfway through the time of healing, Grant's right hand swelled up badly. I sent this photo to the orthopedic surgeon in the city: his reply: tell Grant to REST his hands!
I'm linking my post to Our World Tuesday here