A.S. asks from Ellerslie, GA on December 31, 2008
J.M. answers from Atlanta on January 01, 2009
My dad had his hip replaced last summer. I brought my infant, 3 year old and 4 year old. It was a little crazy but my dad was sooo happy to see them. He even wanted the kids to get on the bed with him. They just sat on his good side.
D.P. answers from Atlanta on January 01, 2009
I have not been through this but I'll tell you what I would do.
I'd talk to my child and tell him grandpa's in the hospital and that the doctors have made him better! (Hospitals are not to be feared.) I'd tell him that grandpa would love to see him and that he could make grandpa feel so much better now that he's recoving/on the mend -- his smile and his sweetness always make grandpa happy. Just do a lot of talking and preparing. Grandpa won't be feeling great yet/ can't sit on grandpa's lap/ have to be careful with grandpa/ wasn't it great that the wonderful doctors and nurses helped grandpa?/ etc. Be upbeat and make the visit short. Afterward, leave to get a treat. Maybe make a card together to give to grandpa before you go. Maybe let him "talk" to grandpa on the phone before his visit.
Good luck! In my experience -- with the people I've talked to, knee replacement surgery is hard and not much fun. But after recovery, he'll be happy he did it.
B.F. answers from Atlanta on January 01, 2009
I would say just keep your visit brief 15 mins or so and have a stroller like an umbrella one with you. It does people a lot of good to have a visit lifts the spirits. Anyone can pick up an germs just going to the store so you are at just as much risk no matter where you go.
T.T. answers from Atlanta on January 06, 2009
My grandma recently had hip replacement surgery. She was home from the hospital a week when we took our 11 month to visit. It was great for her! As long as she was sitting at a 90degree angle (they put a special cushion in her chair) she would hold him in her lap!
R.D. answers from Spartanburg on January 01, 2009
A., I'd definitely take him. I know the germ issue can be a concern, but if your child has been in a mall or a grocery store (or day care!) he has already been exposed to a lot. My grandmother and my great aunt both went through hip replacements, and my great uncle had major surgery, as did a very close neighbor. I took my kids to visit all of them, and the kids were fine with it. The first visit was probably when my son was 1 (he's now 3) and then when he was older. My daughter (now 7 months) also went once she was born, and she seemed fine, too. At 8 months your son isn't going to be upset by the situation because he really won't get it. If you think it will lift your father's spirits, I'd definitely take your son to visit him. I know it really made my family members happy when we visited with the kids, especially my grandmother-- she really looked forward to the visits. I say go for it!
B.F. answers from Atlanta on January 01, 2009
I am a nurse in a hospital and know what a "dirty" place they can be. Orthopedic unit are usualy one of the cleanest in the hospital. I would limit the visit to maybe 15 min and I agree with everyone else, he sould either be held or in a stroller at ALL time. It may seem like common sense, but you wouldn't believe how many people I have seen let their children crawl around on those nasty floors. I am also constantly having to remind overnight visitors to wear shoes and not walk around barefoot or in sock feet. Some people are soooo oblivious!
C.A. answers from Atlanta on January 01, 2009
As a nurse that knows how many germs float around in the hospital, I would advise to wait a few more days until he is in rehab. The rehab still may be in the hospital building, but at least it is less of a risk.
If you do, please be mindful of the noise level if they start crying - there are of course patients that need their rest to recover. Believe it or not, it is a hard thing for a nurse to kick out a crying grandchild visiting a sick grandpa! Hope your dad recovers soon.
R.L. answers from Savannah on January 07, 2009
My Dad has had a hip & knee replacement at two different times. I think it would be a great idea to take your child to visit him. It will not only lift his spirits, but also gives a little extra motivation to move a little harder. Hope this helps!
R.H. answers from Atlanta on January 01, 2009
I am a Respiratory Therapist and I fully understand your concern of germs. Hospitals can be a very "germy" place to be! Hopefully the orthopedic floor has less isolation patients so it's probably okay to visit if you think it would lift your dad's spirit! I would just recommend that he always be held or in his stroller and keep the visit fairly brief. I don't mean to rush in and rush out but the less time he's there, the less opportunities for picking up a germ. Plus, most 8 month olds I know are not going to be content to be held/ confined for very long!! Happy New Year! R.