My wife Devvie and I have been spending a lot of time at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital the last few days. Devvie’s mom (my mother-in-law) Rachel, who never smoked a day in her life, was diagnosed with lung cancer, and had surgery last Thursday. The surgeons believe the cancerous area was relatively small and was entirely removed, and there were no heart or other problems during the surgery.
However, when a patient is 80 years old and not in the best of health to begin with, surviving surgery is not the end of the battle. While Rachel’s vital signs are good, and the doctors are able to remove chest tubes, she is still pretty weak, and unable to do much in the way of walking. Activity post-surgery is important, since especially with older patients the body begins to shut down if the patient remains bedridden for an extended period.
Devvie or I or both are at the hospital for hours every day not just to make sure Rachel is getting excellent care (she is) but also to encourage Rachel so she will be more active. Unfortunately, the world hasn’t come to a stop during this period. Devvie and I still need to work while we’re at the hospital, and that means laptops connected to the Internet.
Now for the point of the story. The hospital has WiFi available, but it’s not that dependable. So as a back-up to the hospital’s WiFi, my wife is using our Windows Mobile devices, an HTC Touch Cruise and an HTC Advantage, as modems for her Tablet PC. As I talked about a while ago in Tethering, or Plan B, Windows Mobile makes this easy. Can’t do this on an iPhone unless you jailbreak it.
Internet Sharing is not an optimum solution. In buildings, depending on construction materials, the phone signal can be weak. Indeed, at the hospital, the phone signal isn’t the best, so the speed is basically dial-up. But even dial-up is better than nothing.
Anyway, that’s it for now. Appreciate if you could say a prayer for Rachel. Thanks.