“Do I Really Need Full-Time Help After Heart Surgery?” Asks Etta
At the age of 62, Etta’s mitral valve regurgitation has reached severe status. That said, Etta will be having mitral valve repair surgery in three weeks. In her last email to me, Etta raised an interesting question. Etta asked, “Adam – Do I really need full-time help after open heart surgery?”
This question really brings back memories from my early, early, early recovery from aortic valve replacement surgery. My family and support group was insistent that I was not home alone for the first two weeks after open heart surgery. We even created a detailed Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet that highlighted which days my mom, sister, brother, dad and Robyn (my wife) were responsible for me.
Jerry (Dad), Donna (Mom), Doug (Brother)
I have to admit… That was a very smart move of my friends and family. Having full-time help was the best!!!
My support group was there to help me with the ‘little’ and ‘big’ challenges of early open heart surgery recovery when broken sternum pain is common:
- Getting in-and-out of bed
- Taking a shower
- Opening up a twist-cap bottle
- Tying my shoelaces
- Going to the pharmacy
- Making breakfast, lunch and dinner
As you can tell, I encourage lots of support group help following heart surgery. Plus, my family and friends had a unique type of fun spending time together as I began my healing.
However, I’m curious to know if YOU have any thoughts for Etta. Can you help her out?
Keep on tickin!
Adam Pick is a patient, author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery and the founder of HeartValveSurgery.com.