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MICHCONRN Posts: 174
10/29/09 10:37 P

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Dear D,
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,
Michelle, Co-leader emoticon

Edited by: MICHCONRN at: 10/29/2009 (22:38)
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10/29/09 9:50 P

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Welcome to the group. It is amazing how just coming home from the hospital can be exhausting. I had my surgery in mid-August. Getting close to the end of my time off - it will be back to work in a couple of weeks. The first few weeks can be tough. Sleeping was the biggest problem I had - which was weird because I had never had a problem sleeping before!!!! Hope all goes well with your husband's recovery.

Edited by: MAZDAWD50 at: 10/29/2009 (21:51)
"They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings like eagles, they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint."
Isaish 40:31

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2)Do 10 min fitness each day
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4)Plan next day meals each day
5)Be under 190 for month end
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10/29/09 3:55 P

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My husband just had a 5 vessel bypass on Friday 10/23 (following an MI on Thursday). It was actually quite a surprise since he really hasn't had much prior history other than elevated lipids and SMOKING (grrr). He's doing fine postop, came home yesterday and is fairly sore today from all the "coming home" activity. We normally eat a fairly low fat diet and he exercises (lifts weights-cardio has always made him short of breath. Now we know why!) regularly (3x/wk) . . .and he says he's all done smoking. Anyway, I thought I would join your group to get a few ideas to help him out-we don't plan on doing this ever again.
Thanks for having us-hopefully we can all help each other!

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