I’ve decided to do a sort of timeline in case anyone is interested. This is all from memory so future posts should be more accurate.
Week Zero, January 28, 2013 was the actual CABG surgery. The hospital experience can be found here.
DH came home on Thursday of that week and the first visiting nurse arrived on Saturday. Luckily, DS was able to stay until Sunday and he was a big help.
DH wasn’t allowed to lift any more than 5 pounds, so couldn’t raise himself out of bed. He slept on a recliner in the living room and either DS or I slept on the sofa in case he needed any meds or help during the night.
Week One, February 4, 2013, one week from surgery.
The visiting nurse came twice and is pleased with wound healing. Blood pressure is sometimes low. The nurse thought he should have more fluids. One lobe of the lung isn’t working to capacity and she wants more use of the incentive spirometers. DH has two types from the hospital – the traditional one and one that our dog thinks looks like a dog toy that she should have.
Week Two, February 11, 2013 two weeks from surgery. DH continues to lose weight. He’s still sleeping in the recliner and I’m still on the sofa but there is much less getting up at night.
The Oxycodone is down to half pills much less often than prescribed.
The first (and only) visit to the surgeon’s office this week. We saw her nurse practitioner who was very impressed with how DH is doing as was his PCP. The nurse practitioner was so pleased, she said we don’t have to go back unless there are any problems.
The PCP ran blood tests, glucose, liver enzymes, cholesterol and others.
We saw the visiting nurse twice. She thought DH was doing so well that she discharged him on Thursday.
DH made a few phone calls this week, worked a little, had a visitor on Sunday.
Week Three, February 18, 2013, three weeks from surgery
DH slept in the bed for half the night last night and seems to be doing ok. He still took a half Oxycodone this morning.
We see the cardiologist this afternoon. That report will be in the Week Four post. I imagine that we’ll be talking about rehab at this appointment.
Weeks Four and Beyond will have their own posts.