Life At Korthuis Manor

Life At Korthuis Manor
Captain Randy and his First Mate!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Finally...............we're with him

About 6pm we finally got the call that Nathan had been moved out of recovery and into a room.

He is in 632 bed 2 Maleng Building - the new building. Huge brand new rooms, and so far no roommate. But aside from getting an obnoxious roommate, it wouldn't be so bad to have a roommate in here because the rooms are almost twice the size! Although, it would be lovely to have this one to ourselves! ( as I was finishing this post, they brought someone in - pray!)

Nathan has looked at us a couple times, and just said "hey", but he's not completely "here" - which for now, is just fine with this momma. They have him on a patient dosed pain machine - which means, for now, Nathan has a "happy button". My anxiety was sky high waiting to see him since it was 4 hours after we had spoken with Dr. Routt. Speaking of Dr. Routt here is a pic of him..............
...............and a quote I read from him on the Harborview site............................
"It's my goal to treat patients as I'd want to be treated, with compassionate, strategic, and detail-attentive patient care.?and I'd be demanding!"

As usual, he was very straightforward, didn't candy coat anything, realistic, and yes - compassionate. He said this is the longest incision he has had to make and he commented on how long Nathan's femur is. He said he wished Nathan had just stuck with baseball and been drafted and then he would have been playing ball instead of riding motorcycle!!! Dr. Routt is a BIG baseball fan.

He removed 3 bones, 1 of which had grown around 2 bundles of nerves, lifted the quad off the LONG femur, broke up scar tissue on the knee, and cut a muscle that was restricting the knee. He said that Nathan will be a hurting unit as this was the largest surgery he's had to go through yet - (we had kind of figured that out)!

Now - bear with me - this is for Uncle Steve :-)
Dr. Routt had the knee bent to 130 degrees and the hip to 90 degrees. He was happy with the progress but said it's going to take a lot work and a lot of work through pain! (Of course you knew that Steve!)

Nathan just told us "That was painful - especially moving from the O.R. stretcher to the bed". So - again (I sound like a broken record) pray for his pain, especially as he comes out more and more from anesthesia.

Tonight, I sleep at Dennis and Michele's and Randy pulls bedside duty - pray for Randy too.

It's now 8:00pm and Randy and I will probably grab a bite to eat and then I will head out. More wordy updates tomorrow!


k.a.b. said...

Nathan is definitely in my prayers! And you are too! Ben hasn't even left yet and I'm a wreck. But I know these are both huge steps for Nathan and Ben and God will give them the strength to pull through! :) Whenever I'm feeling cranky or upset or kind of snippish (not saying you are any of those things :) ), I try and remember the "love verse" and put my name instead of "love". I'll put it here. :)

I Corinthians 13:4-8a
"Katie is patient, Katie is kind. She does not envy, she does not boast, she is not proud. She is not rude, she is not self-seeking, she is not easily angered, she keeps no record of wrongs. Katie does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. She always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Katie never fails."

I just love it when it's personalized. Love you guys!!

Anonymous said...

have had you in thought and prayers today. thankful for your informative updates. will continue in prayer:)
blessings, susi

Anonymous said...

Again, if there is any way I can help - particularly through the physical therapy process cuz that just plain hurts - I'm there...
Julie B.