Surgery involves getting cut open, having something taken out, put in or tinkered with, and then being sewn back up. That happened to be the full extent of the details provided for a recent surgery at a Tucson hospital.
“What are they doing?”
“Fixing his neck.”
We were not exactly sure how this neck fix was supposed to happen to my beau, but we did know why. Major pain and reduced mobility. We also learned there are plenty of sneaky little secrets no one mentions prior to major surgery. Like how to get out of bed.
Never believe the cranky orderly’s instructions. Although she may have meant well, the procedure she outlined for getting out of bed after a major cervical procedure may have made even a healthy neck snap like a twig.
Two days later the physical therapy lady finally came around with an illustrated handout outlining the proper moves for sitting and standing. The orderly’s instructions were on the “don’t” list. We’re still wondering why his vertebrae did not pop out of the back of his neck.