I spent most of last week visiting my father, who is still residing in a rehab center 6 weeks post hip replacement surgery. My brother was out of the country and there was some initial thought that my dad would be ready to be released and would need help getting re-settled in his apartment, which is why I went when I did. Alas, he needs more rehab time; at 85 years of age, progress in strengthening one's weakened muscles is very slow. His hip pain (no fall, just recalcitrant hip pain) kept him even more sedentery than usual for the past year, so although the surgery dealt with the hip pain, it's slow work getting him strong enough to be mobile again. My dad hopes to go back to using a cane in place of the walker he's had to use. We keep our fingers crossed.
The day I flew back home -- Sunday -- they discovered some (hopefully) surface-area incision infection and carted him off to the emergency room, which was distressing all around. My sister-in-law went and stayed with him through the ordeal, thankfully, and they sent him back with antibiotics that night. He's scheduled to see his surgeon tomorrow, accompanied by my brother. Deep infection is very bad because it would most likely require removing the prosthetic joint. Bad enough to deal with in a young person. Let's hope that isn't necessary.
I didn't get much spare time while out there. I brought my laptop and had work to do, plus getting food for myself every day, errands, and driving across town to visit my dad twice a day for as long as possible. The weather started out ungodly hot and humid, then dropped to near freezing and drizzly, finally clearing a bit on my last day there. That last afternoon, when my dad fell asleep in front of the ballgame, I left to find someplace to go for a walk and luckily found an entrance to the Nichols Arboretum, which belongs to the University of Michigan. I found parking on a side street and went for a lovely walk in the woods dotted with spring blossoms. Just lovely. I'd left my camera in the apartment, but took a few pics with my droid phone - not stellar quality, but still I hope captures some of the scenery.
I got to spend at least the rest of the holiday weekend with D in town. Then this morning I had an on-site interview for a potential new job. It went well. Will see what happens...