The surgery was done using a spinal anaesthetic so no adverse neuro reactions and all went well. Thanks to getting everyone on board with time in a rehab center that happened as well. It was brilliant as they not only drilled J with safety techniques in every aspect, but even had speech therapy advise on voice projection and swallowing though it had nothing to do with the hip.
Over and over they stressed the need to have a gait belt and someone along side the walker.
Today was day 2 being home. I popped out for 15 minutes and in that time he went outside to weed the lawn (??!!!) and, of course, fell. The telltale dirt on his shirt and fresh cut on the elbow gave him away.
It was the crash with the heavy walker down the granite front steps that brought the neighbors running over this evening - as well as the end to the candle lit dinner on the porch on a hot summer's night. Now I have some explaining to do to the OT who arrives at 9.30 in the morning, and J's face a fairly bloody mess! But he didn't break any teeth this time. And his new hip and year-old shoulder seem none the worse for it.
My peace of mind ......... Not so much!