hey all! long time no post! some help?
my mom had an aortic valve replacement almost 3 years ago now (woah!) and it was a huge success, and i am proud of her, and everyone here!
she's been experiencing some unusual and pretty severe ankle swelling lately... i was wondering if anyone years after post-op had any experience with this, and if they had thoughts.
my mom hasn't been able to sleep more than 10-20 minutes at a time before waking up and coughing terribly. you all know how it feels— must be awful. she near chokes on the excess phlegm.
has anyone had any luck cough syrup type things at night? or an expectorant?
we are today is one week post-op, and we are tentatively
scheduled to be released tomorrow...
what were your experiences with afib? at the hospital, and also one you got home.
my mom has been experiencing quite a bit of it, and it's making her feel terrible. she's been getting lopressor, as well as well as magnesium through the IV.
we are (very) tentatively scheduled to be discharged tomorrow, but i'm curious what your experiences were.
•how long did you experience it?
•what worked/what didn't?
•did it ever level out and stop?
i want my mom to get to go home, but i'm concerned about managing the afib at home....
on a more positive note, she took a bigger walk today and continued trying to set me up with doctors. (how embarrassing!)
so, i guess she's a little more herself!
thank you, friends!
hello all of you!
WELL, we're on day 3! all tubes came out, which was very uncomfortable, and then we were moved to the step-down unit! she's eating a little, and drinking some juice, but experiencing discomfort in her chest (understandable!!) as well as the feeling like her heart is pumping hard which is apparently normal as it reacclimates, so says the nurse!
i have been hustling to get a power recliner to rent, but cannot find one anywhere that has a lifting function—is that vital to the success of the recliner at home? her bed is very high up as it is...
please send your thoughts, i'm feeling a bit of a failure that i don't already have it taken care of!
greetings great friends!
my mom's surgery went really well on monday.
on monday night, she gave everyone cause for concern by giving off too much fluid from her chest tubes, but it all evened out thankfully after a few hours!
she was VERY uncomfortable all day yesterday, and had a few sips of chicken soup broth, as well as a little water and a few super dainty sips of apple juice.
this morning they have taken her water away, because her lungs look a little "wet."
she keeps complaining in addition to the big pain in her chest and because of the chest tubes, that her whole body feels so tense... like it's constantly bracing for more pain.
anything i can do?
she really hasn't had any sleep since she first actually woke up post-surgery.
also, they took her water away because her lungs looked a little "wet."
all in all, she's okay, but i'm worried about her pain.
if any of you can spare any healing vibes, would you mind shooting them our way?
my mom is is scheduled for her valve replacement at brigham and women's on the 30th, and all of your journals have been incredibly helpful!
i wanted to ask all of you wonderful people if there was anything that you were so glad you had/ wished you had/ didn't know you needed in those first days home?
recliners? special pillows? post-surgical garments?
just trying to get ahead!
thank you for any and all input on how to best prepare to be a good caretaker to my mom.
sending good thoughts and feelings to all.