The day after tomorrow we fly back to our beautiful home in the tropical Caribbean. Needless to say, I am so excited! We will have been away from our home for one long month, in which time I will have worked 19 shifts in the emergency department while flying on eight other days. There were only three days of the month that I was neither flying nor working.
In the meantime, Cindy has been recovering from her knee replacement surgery remarkably well. She is well ahead of schedule in her rehab. She essentially has regained full range of motion in the knee and has required little of her narcotic pain medicine after the first two weeks. The orthopedist’s official recommendation is for her to stay in Ohio for at least six full weeks, but he stated he would not be too upset if she decides to go back to Beatitude after three because her rehabilitation has gone so well. The primary risk is of her falling. The hardware is not cemented in place. Instead, it is inserted into the bone allowing the bone to grow into the prosthetic joint. A fall would risk dislodging this hardware before it has time to set. We’ll have to be very careful to keep her upright.
Today, in Maine, we had a beautiful mid-day snowfall with big fluffy flakes which beautified the landscape as it fell. Fortunately, the temperature is in the mid-30s so the roads were not affected and the inconvenience of the frozen precipitation was minimized. I’ll soon escape from these northeastern climes to the warm sun of the islands! Next update will be from Sint Maarten!