hi melanie. welcome. i had double by-pass (cabg) just over a year ago. everyone is different. in hospital i should have been more raised when trying to sleep. flat is hard, esp at home. getting the fluid up is important. he will have to go through this. it hurts, but it is better to get it out. he will use the towels for huffing. do this at home. rest. must rest. look for any signs of mood changes, infection in scars, esp chest scar. and any infection. TED stockings are important. they are a bugger to put on. must be done by someone other than him. stop clots. do foot paddles regular, and huffing regular too. the hospital will teach a whole raft of exercises, in there and out. do them.
do not lift anything whilst chest is knitting. keep stress down, fatigue is very common. my doc did not prescribe pain relief bar panadol on discharge-get something from the hospital. sternal pain is savage. esp with movement and getting up from bed and seated position. vivid dreams are common for a little bit. cognition can be affected. they say full recovery around 3 months, not true. palpitations can occur. sweating-if persistent see doc. some air flow helped me with comfort. gentle fan. i did a six week cardiac rehab program. it is a must. make sure he eats. even if he does not want to. when ready, build up stamina and get him moving. healing thoughts.
ps depending on other factors and or age a frame may help. i use a walking stick but for other things. a frame with wheels and brakes and the seat that has a basket in it is useful at the start. but make it temporary. a walking stick is useful, it helps maintain some independance. a shower chair is important. it really helps. slippers. trust me, he can't bend for awhile, and don't allow it in the early stages. easy clothes, larger shirts, breaths better for wound management and track suit pants. plenty of water. may need a jug for urinating. dependant on age. pushing yourself to make it is actually good for your overall efficacy. follow docs advice, do exercises regular, book in for cardiac rehab and recover.
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