Do not panic! It’s not for me this time! Honestly, though, I’d rather it was, as my last couple of ER visits were for not especially big deals as hospital visits go. My mother is having her hip replaced, converting her even further to a cybernetic organism, because she already has a replacement knee, artificial corneas, and I think maybe something in her lower back as well. I have to admit; if it weren’t for the years of pain that led to each of the surgeries, I’d almost be jealous. I wanna be a robot too!
Then again, all I really have to do is wait. I have indisputably inherited my mother’s knees; I stood up yesterday from my recliner and the crumpling-paper noise from both of my knees was so loud that my wife heard it. It didn’t really hurt, precisely, but the holy shit what was that reaction was so horrifying I almost wish it was pain.
What will be painful: they’ve got CNN on in this damn waiting room, and they keep going back to that poor kid getting her ass beat by that cop in South Carolina the other day. Having to watch/hear the footage is rage-inducing enough; I swear to God if I have to listen to some fucking Hoosier conversation about it I’m gonna go to jail today, and it’s good that we’re already at the hospital.
Mom’s gonna be fine, by the way, but good vibes are appreciated anyway. More later.
EDIT: She’s out of surgery already, which is ridiculous. The doc said she had a lot of arthritis in that hip but everything went fine. She’s in recovery now and we’ll get to see her in a couple of hours. There’s still the standard post-surgical suite of potential complications to worry about but the surgery itself went as well as it possibly could have.