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Post Edited (MMMNAVY) : 2/10/2010 9:08:58 PM (GMT-7)
Is there a Visiting Nurse service in your region (perhaps under some other name)? I would contact your local social services department, as well as that of the VA, and asked what they might have available in terms of home help aides/visiting nurses who could be assigned to you for a few weeks after surgery for full or part days, as needed, to help you with wound care and activities of daily living.
I can see that the cough would make healing extra difficult. Is it caused by sinus problems? I do nasal salt water washes four times per day, or three at a minimum, and that completely controls my own chronic sinus problems; without this regimen I would be constantly coughing. It's a mild nuisance (takes about 5 minutes each time), but being cough-free is well worth it. Another thing I can think of that causes chronic cough in some people is the use of ACE inhibitors to treat hypertension. If you are taking a medication in that class, it might be worth asking if you could experiment with a different class of antihypertensive drug to see if the coughing disappeared.
I wish you well with the operation.