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...and we're back!
The rest of the trip to Houston went like this:

Nice weather, Angela and I spent the main part of the day with my folks, then went to "Pappadeaux" with James & Rach.  Angela got her alligator fix, that she's been craving for the last seven years.

Thunderstorm/tornado Day One.  After visiting my folks, I spent an hour -- in the storm -- trying to locate the "Pappa's BBQ" that was like 10 feet from the hotel.  [Houston has become a very confusing place to find anything -- or get there even after you've physically spotted it.]  Then we ate massive quantities of BBQ with James and Rach in our room.

Thunderstorm/tornado Day Two.  Angela and I made it to visit my folks, though Angela was NOT pleased by all lightning and thunder.  Especially the one that made the traffic light we were stopping at go out for 10 seconds or so.  After the visit, Angela did not want to go questing for the Ultimate Jewish Deli in the storm, so I left her off at the hotel, where she ate leftover BBQ.  James & Rach were more interested in steak than Matza Ball Soup (heathens), so we went to a local steak house, and THEN went questing for Kahn's Deli to bring back goodies for the room.  Alas, Kahn's was closed (with *NO* hours posted on their door, phone msg, or web site, hinting as to when they were open) -- so Ultimate Jewish Deli quest went unfullfilled.  :(  James drove me back to the hotel by way of the former site of Astroworld, so I could pay my respects.  (I hadn't even known it had died...)

Perfect weather.  We got our bags packed, said our goodbyes to James & Rach, and visited my folks one last time.  Then it was off to the airport, where Very Nice Airport Folks got Angela and our luggage processed and to the gate, while I returned the rental car.  Souvenirs for friends and coworkers were bought at the airport, and we headed home.  The first class meal on the return flight was a sausage and rice jambalaya that nobody wanted -- so everybody had the secondary meal (cheeseburger), which promptly ran out before they got to our seats.  Bleah.  Angela was sore and tired from the whole ordeal.  We made it to our car, and finally began the 90-minute drive home (which took longer, since we had to stop to obtain food)...

We were home by 11:30pm.  I took off Monday to help Angela and get much needed rest myself.

So... how were my folks?  Not quite up to their usual levels of annoyingness.  My mom can't remember any slight she's ever given to Angela (typical), while my dad clings to the only slight I've ever given him (also typical).  They wanted more time with us -- but couldn't find anything more than trivialities to talk about while we WERE there.

Meanwhile, my mom's surgeon is apparantly some kind of sadist -- he's failing abysmally to keep her pain managed, while ACTIVELY DENYING HER use of a Continuous Passive Motion device which is common practice here in Oregon for these types of surgeries.  They keep your joint slowly moving, back and forth, to make sure that as you heal, your joint remains flexible.  As a result, she's in constant pain, and is therefore resisting therapy and mostly just lying there miserably with her knee lying still.  NOT GOOD.

Angela and I specifically requested the surgeon prescribe the machine, and he refuses.  He thinks the patient should do all the work themselves, pain or no pain.  This strikes me as very Right-Wing thinking -- which I'm guessing is probably the norm for the practice of medicine in Texas these days.

No, I don't exactly have a great deal of data.  It just "feels true" -- which is a higher form of truth according to either fundie Christians or Fox News.

...ANYWAY, we're home, alive, and I'm back to work.  It's good to be back...

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fair_witness From: fair_witness Date: April 22nd, 2009 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Heathen? Well ... not that I have anything against Jewish delis, but ... um ... it was Saturday, so I had my stomach set to goy.
fair_witness From: fair_witness Date: April 22nd, 2009 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Regarding your mom's surgeon, eeesh. Not like any of the orthopedic surgeons or pain management specialists I've encountered in the Austin area.


We had a great time seeing y'all. Thanks again for asking us!
rickvs From: rickvs Date: April 22nd, 2009 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
> the former site of Astroworld

... I hadn't known it had closed either :<

Sorry the doctor is being a jackass about your mother. I think my mom had the same machine after her own knee surgery, and she thought it was quite useful. I'm not sure I follow any reasoning about what the downside of it would be; is he afraid she'll get addicted to it and stick up liquor stores to get her Continuous Passive Motion fix?
compostwormbin From: compostwormbin Date: April 22nd, 2009 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad you're both safely home.

And yes, some doctors are sadists. Scary but true. I have had a couple run-ins with this type and it's not pretty.
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