So after 36-hours, additional x-rays, more tests and some surgery, Dad has a new and improved left hip. He’s pretty groggy, but came out of his hemi-arthroplasty (partial hip replacement) procedure with flying colors. Based on what the orthopedic team observed, they surmise Dad probably broke his hip during his first fall back in early February. But because everyone was so focused on his head injury, x-rays were never performed. Sadly, it wasn’t until he got to rehab and started physical therapy that we noticed any problems. Poor Dad!
They’ve already had him sitting up on the edge of the bed today and we hope to have him up on his feet tomorrow. Now that the joint has been re-stabilized, he should be able to stand and ambulate – albeit, a little sore I’m sure. The plan is to get him back to rehab next week. In the meantime, we’ll just keep the strawberry milkshakes coming!