Welcome to the Heart Bypass team! How old is your husband? You look fairly young in your Sparkpage pix. I was only 41 when I had my double bypass. And I remember how exhausting coming home from the hospital was too. In those first few weeks, taking a shower took all of my energy away for the day. Do you know if your husband was terribly anemic when discharged from the hospital? I was, and that can make the exhaustion much worse. But, I took my iron pills, and my pain pills (and my laxatives), and walked up and down my hallway several times a day; working my way up to walks up and down the street (my surgery was in June). Cardiac rehab is a must, as soon as he gets the go-ahead from the doctor. There he'll build up his cardio and eventually be able to lift weights again. One of our team members, Alan(ofLINY), likes to lift weights and is working towards goals in that area since his surgery in August. His "two cents", as he calls it, may be very valuable to your husband in the weeks to come.
That's awesome that he's committed to quitting smoking! On another of our group's threads we were just discussing the motivation that "the fear factor" provides for changing our lifestyles in order to avoid ever having to go through this surgery again.
I invite you to explore various threads and read how our team members have experienced various aspects of the heart bypass experience.
Looking forward to reading your posts and following your husband's recovery,
Edited by: MICHCONRN at: 10/29/2009 (22:38)