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Old 06-25-2016, 11:52 AM
 
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DH is having a cervical fusion this week. The doctor told us he prefers to do it outpatient because the hospital is a great place to pick up infections.

We had to attend a two-hour class and were given a notebook to read before the surgery. The hospital seems to be making every effort to make sure patients and caregivers are well-informed. A few years ago, in a different state, DH had back surgery, also outpatient, and the hospital did not do any of this.

But there is something amusing and contradictory in the instructions:
In one place, the notebook says to clean and disinfect tables and counters. But since the patient won't be able to bend to clean the cats' litter box, the book also suggests putting the litter box on the counter.
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Old 06-25-2016, 12:08 PM
 
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Lol. :d
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Old 06-25-2016, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Ignore those instructions, and get someone ELSE to clean the litter box!!
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Old 06-25-2016, 11:27 PM
 
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Ignore those instructions, and get someone ELSE to clean the litter box!!
Yes, of course, I will clean the litter boxes, as I always do. That particular instruction was for patients who live alone. But I do think it would have been better to suggest having someone come by once/day to clean the boxes - it does say the patient living alone should ask someone to come by to check on him.
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Old 06-26-2016, 06:49 PM
 
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Thanks for the laugh.

Hope all goes well.
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Old 06-27-2016, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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yep, the instructions can be pretty interesting and almost make us laugh. When I had knee replacement we had an all day class, with lots of instructions and lots of contradictions: nothing that made a huge difference, but certainly we had some. One speaker would say one thing, the next something else and the book have another opinion.
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Old 06-29-2016, 07:19 PM
 
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Never heard of an instruction that detailed or peculiar. I had outpatient surgery a couple of weeks ago and the instructions were quite basic. No heavy lifting, etc.
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Old 06-29-2016, 10:51 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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They probably had a patient who thought they'd have to get rid of their pets because of surgery, or maybe even a few who were worried about that, so they included that instruction. Some people don't have anyone to help them out at all.

You would assume that a house would have more than one table or counter, so even if you were using one for food prep, you could use another for a pet.
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