Surgery – what you need to ask your doctor but were afraid to ask.

What can you do to improve the recovery process?  Here are some of the things they are unlikely to mention:

  1. Get yourself in the best physical condition that you can.  Surgery is hard on the body.  Review your current diet and exercise.  Do whatever exercise you can to improve your general health and both upper and lower body strength.  (Think of using wheel chair, crutches, walker, or cane when you arms are not strong enough to support you or to use these devices.  Then, exercise the area of the surgery.  You want to increase the blood flow to that area which will aid in healing.
  2. Ask to be put in touch with the physical therapists to determine the regimen they will put you on post surgery.  Ask for copies of the exercises for that particular surgery and start doing the exercises pre-surgery.  Learning the exercises after the surgery is often difficult.  You won’t want to be learning how to exercise while you are injured and in pain.  This is particularly important if you are elderly or a non-exercise person.
  3. What adjustments could or should be made in your home environment to facilitate recovery?
  4. Will there be a home nurse prescribed?
  5. Review all you medications before and after surgery for interactions and side effects. is a reputable site.
  6. Evaluate whether those who are going to help you are up to the task physically.  Will your 5 foot hundred pound wife be able to assist you a 6’6” 210 pound husband?
  7. Discuss the emotional effects from surgery, anesthetics and physical therapy.



Hogwash!  Lies, half truths, missrepresentations are being used to defund Medicare.

And, when the President or any other politician accuses anyone of being a Socialist, know that they are attacking you, your parents, your grandparents and your children.

If you want to know about Medicare, ask someone who is on Medicare how they like it. 

I have been on Medicare for over a decade.  I have had open heart surgery including two valve repairs, two bipasses and a MAZE  procedure.  In addition I have also had a hip repair and a leg fracture.   I have had office visits and lab work covered.  I had no problem getting the work completed by the physicians and facilities of my choice.

Please listen to the political commercials with a good bit of doubt.  Instead ask a recipient what they think of Medicare.



For your information:

Medicare is paid for through 2 trust fund accounts held by the U.S. Treasury.  These funds can only used for Medicare.  Like Social Security it is funded through payroll taxes paid by most employees, employers, and people who are self-employed.  Other sources include taxes paid on Social Security benefits, interest earned on the trust fund investments, Medicare Part A premiums from people who aren’t eligible for premium-free part A.


Wonder Not

That I am what I am;

but rather

wonder that I am.

Hopefully 2017 will be my return to blogging on a regular basis. This year was major heart surgery as in: double bypass, two valves repaired, and electrical repair. That followed with an infection on the sternum at the surgery site that required rehospitalization for antibotics. Finally the wound healed in Mid December 2016.

In addition we sold our house, and are staying with our son until our new house is ready for occupancy.