Preparing to Be Laid Up

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In the not too distant future I’m going to have to have surgery on my foot and ankle. This is going to mean six to eight weeks of essentially being off my feet except for limited excursions to the bathroom and from the couch to the bed. I’ll be able to do some things, but my usual routine is out of the question. When the doctor told me this, all I could think was, “Man, this is going to be expensive.”

It’s not the surgery itself that’s the problem; that’s covered by insurance. Since I work from home, I’ll still be able to earn money. The problem is that I am the one who keeps the house running. Since I work from home I am the cook, cleaner, an


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5 Responses to Preparing to Be Laid Up

  1. Alexandria says:

    Good Thinking!

    My husband had surgery two years ago and we had no idea how long he would be laid up (could be months before he was back to himself). While I Was scrambling to arrange childcare, meals, etc. (he is house hubby) someone made a comment to me that if it had been “me” we would have been screwed financially (As sole breadwinner). Um, no. If it was me, I’d sit at home, get waited on hand on foot, everyone would go along with their business, and I would received disability insurance. The cost to pick up the daycare/cooking slack of my husband was about equal to how much income I’d lose if *I* were at home. & if it was really bad, he could have always picked up a job, too. Anyway, it sucked, and I know we were lucky that he was only down about 2-3 weeks in the end. I had made all sorts of childcare arrangements that we didn’t end up using. Phew!

    I myself had surgery last year and was down for two weeks. It was practically a non-event, in comparison.

    I could not imagine my spouse being down 6-8 weeks! But, it happens. I can attest to advanced preparation, and WONDERFUL family and friends. Good Luck!

  2. Patty says:

    I too had to go on “vacation” for 6-8 weeks because of surgery. I was totally happy that I had signed up for short term disability. They paid part of my salary but not all of it. The only really bad thing was that I would wake up ready to go to work and realize I didn’t have to! Kidding aside, having a support group, food prepared ahead of time, and just learning to relax was enough for us.

  3. Gail says:

    When you are already on disablity, you think that having surgery won’t make a dent in the routine. HAH! I’ve had to have two surgeries this year one on each knee. The first one, I’d been having so many arthritis flare-ups I couldn’t get anything done ahead of time other than get the groceries into the house. We managed to eat. The second surgery, I was able to prep food ahead of time and stock up on groceries and that sure helped. We won’t mention how dirty the house got or continues to be. I do my best and that is all I can do!

    The best thing that I figured out though was this. My son usually goes grocery shopping with me and knows what I like and in what quantities that I buy things. We both have ING accounts and with an ING account it is easy to transfer money between accountholders (no fees) so I would transfer $25-50 to him and he would pick up milk, bread, etc. before coming to visit (we live in the country and he works at a grocery store). Knowing I wouldn’t have to reimburse him for these visit was great and when the money got low he told me and I dumped more in the account. He was able to use his ING debit card to pay. I do have to mention that I trust him completely when it comes to money and giving me an accounting down to the last penny! If you can’t trust the person this wouldn’t work at all.

  4. lori says:

    Hope you are doing better now. I can relate to your situation..i recently had double surgery on my ankle and knee. I really makes me nervous to see things that need to get done.
    I’m thankful for family and friends that have come to my aid. There are just some things that can’t get done without Mom.

  5. I too had surgery on my foot in Feb. of this year and it has taken a bit longer due to the type of surgery but getting better. Sending wishes for a speedy recovery, seems you have everything in place.

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