Breathing Complications After Open Heart Surgery

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Allen Jenkins
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/25/2009 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I had open heart surgery March 18, 3 months ago. I was on a respirator for 10 days and contracted pneumonia. The respirator messed up my swallow, so a feeding tube had to be inserted into my stomach before I was released from the hospital. The type of tube they put in me was a 4 week tube that had to be surgically removed.

During this time, my stamina, breathing everything was returning close to normal before the heart attack. Then they removed the feeding tube. This was 4 weeks ago. My breathing has gotten so bad, I am similar to what you describe. Today I noticed that I also, couldn't even sniff. I had already noticed that I was having problems sneezing, blowing my nose, or just my nose running.

I have been in ER twice and had a hospital stay of 5 days. One doctor saying it was upper respiratory, the other saying it was lower respiratory. I will have to tell them about the sniffing....

Anyone have any suggestions, or has this happened to anyone else??

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 6/26/2009 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry you're having such a hard time Allen.

Are you sure you meant to post your questions on this site?
There is a heart and cardiovascular disease forum on HW.
They might be able to help you out more, if no one here can.

Good luck to you.
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
coumadin, prenatal vit.
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

Allen Jenkins
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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 6/27/2009 5:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, I had read about another man who couldnt even sniff after surgery and I just posted it here..... I have now posted it in the heart section.
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