Day one of at least three full days in a hotel, it is certainly great to be out of the hospital and for a whole raft of reasons, but two things the hospital was good for were, bedside med, and food delivery. Meds are not so much of a problem, I'm going out after rush hour to pick up Lis' OTC meds, food on the other hand that's a wee bit of a problem.
There is only one microwave in the hotel, it is downstairs and very small, we do have a dorm refrigerator. Chewing anything tough, or hard, is a problem for Lis' the entry path to Bob (her tumor) required cutting most of the mastication muscles on the right side of her jaw, finally there is my own ignorance, I have been for all my life, nearly a complete carnivore, and most meat is off the plate for Lis, at least with current preparation facilities, so what exactly would omnivores eat within the above restrictions?
This much I know absolutely, Lisa must get up to walk at least 5 times a day, well maybe 4, if she instead sits in a chair and does some lower leg raises, that's my own idea, the first is the hospitals. I totally get this, it would be penultimately stupid to have such an incredibly successful surgery ruined by a preventable stroke caused by a blood clot that formed in the leg. Now Dr. Al-Mefty who is perhaps the best skull base surgeon in the world right now(not my opinion, although I don't doubt it), has very aggressive post op activity notions, pushing for a resumption of normal activity levels ASAP.
It is hard for me to argue with such a professional. On the other hand his expertise is in the OR, there were some who thought some of his post op strategies were a bit extreme. This is really not fare to a caregiver, and I'm not at all sure there is a solution to the dilemma but, I know there ought, at least be, more definitive guidelines. I love my lady dearly, the idea of causing her discomfort or pain is completely repugnant to me, on the other hand allowing her to come to catastrophic harm due to inaction on my part is absolutely unacceptable. There needs to be more information on this:
How far do we walk?
How do you tell how far is enough without being too much? (all cases are different there could not be a standardized chart, there ought to be some evaluable, observable criteria.)
How much time should be spent sitting up and awake?
Well I have to git to the stores, and Lisa is stirring so time to play drill sergeant (her term).