We made an all-out effort last night throughout the house and garage to figure out where we put that hip-surgery "helper" kit from last time, since it'll cost $45 to buy it again. But no. Our son even helped get down the unlabeled boxes HSH put on the upper shelves in the garage (seriously, this is HSH's specialty). I checked them (and LABELED them), but still nothing. Really, I think all we're missing from the kit is the grabber and the ingenious device that helps you get your socks on. We have other home-prep stuff, such as the bricks needed to temporarily elevate the bed, and the super-tall walker, and the elastic shoelaces. There's more preparation involved in general because HSH is 6'4", and long-legged, and he will not be allowed to sit much lower than at a 90-degree angle. He has to be almost fully reclined just to be in the car (the tall 4-Runner) on trips to/from the hospital and the doctor's office.
So, he'll be stuck in the bedroom a lot during recovery. We'll also need to move a bigger TV in there, and probably the cable box from the living room. You have no idea what epic levels of patience and stoicism HSH possesses. :(
My sister visited over the 4th of July weekend—but stayed with my brother, an hour away, which is not what I was hoping. We all got together Friday for dinner, then brunch and conversation on Sunday, and then my brother's 4th of July celebration (his favorite holiday, which I did not realize and which she'd never been here for before). It was really nice, though I'd have loved some 1-on-1 time with her. Our son was off at Yosemite with his uncle (they had a GREAT time), and our daughter was in and out. Most, I spent the weekend cleaning, visiting, bicycling, and watching fireworks. Very nice.
There was a lot of reading of Altered Carbon, too, a sci-fi book by Richard Morgan that I'm liking better than The Steel Remains.
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