Ambushed by an old woman today. Never saw it comming.
My 83-year-old mother has wanted to get her knee replaced for some time. The cartilage is worn and bone is rubbing on bone. It must be awfully painful. She should have had it done years ago. Problem is, she refuses to go to a rehab/nursing home afterwards. She hates them and won't go. Can't blame her, but there must be good ones around somewhere.
My 63-year-old brother and his wife live with my mother. He cannot lift any longer as he has a severely injured back. His wife, too, shouldn't be lifting. I'm in my 40s and even my back hurt like hell for weeks after lifting her off the floor last time she fell and couldn't get up.
She asked me yesterday to take her to the doctor today. A new orthopaedist she's heard about. When I asked if her x-rays would be ready yet, she asked of what. Your ankle x-rays. Won't he need them? I never thought of that, she responded. Should have been my first clue. Whilst I thought this visit was to follow up on a twisted ankle from a couple of days ago, in reality it was an appointment she had scheduled as soon as she heard I was laid off.
I read my book in the waiting room, the nurse entered and asked me to join my mother in the examination room. Ok. I notice the ankle x-rays are in the basket outside the exam room door, untouched. I enter, greet the doctor and he proceeds to tell me about how a knee replacement works. Huh? Knee replacement? On an 83-year-old with an electric wheelchair? On his computer are x-rays of her knee that must be several years old. The nurse tells me not to worry, knee replacements are this doctor's specialty. That's all he does, and he does it well.
You have to give her credit. She wanted the operation without the required rehab stay. Now she'll have me waiting on her hand and foot for a couple of weeks. So much for my gift of time. Guess it's her gift now.
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