Thursday, May 12, 2016

Recovering From Major Surgery

I'm sharing this account of my husband's recovery from heart surgery for the CIAN readers in the hopes it will help you understand more of what someone goes through in this process.

Recovering From Major Surgery
If you read my blog last week then you know that on February first my husband had a heart attack. You also know about that days events through my eyes leading up to his heart attack. And you know about his quadruple bypass surgery and my feelings through out that entire week. Today's blog is about my husbands recovery so far. 



It's been a little over two weeks now since he had his quadruple bypass surgery. We can't believe all that took place a little over two weeks now, but it did. I am happy to say that my husband is doing well. The first week he was home he needed to learn how to sit down and get up from both our love seat and recliner with only using his legs and feet. This wasn't an easy thing to do. He held on to the heart shaped pillow he was given so he wouldn't use his arms at all. I am happy to say that he has mastered this technique. He is also doing very well at going up and down stairs. The getting in and out of bed is still a tiny bit difficult, but now he doesn't need my help with that anymore.

I am also pleased to say that the incision on his chest is healing nicely. I have to admit when I first saw his incision in the Hospital it gave me the shivers. I couldn't get rid of those shivers either. Every time I either thought about it or looked at it I started shivering. Then I felt bad about getting the shivers and started apologizing a lot. Thankfully my husband understood. I am happy to say that those shivers are almost gone now! 

Right now I think my husbands biggest "thing" is how much he sleeps. Since his surgery he has been sleeping a lot. This doesn't bother me any. I figure since he did have major surgery he's going to be tired. This being tired and sleeping a lot isn't something he likes though. From the sounds of everything he has read, this is not an uncommon thing. We figure in a couple of weeks that tired sleepy feeling will go away. 

This past week to help with his recovery we went to the Mall almost every day. This might sound like a strange thing to do after a person has had major surgery, but it was the easiest and best way for my husband to get his walking in. We managed to get one - two laps in the mall each day on both the upper and lower levels. He did very good with his walking. We stopped when he needed to and moved on when he was ready to walk again. By the time we got back to the car for me to drive us home he was tired. While I drove home he slept. 

If anyone remembers me talking about his snoring in last weeks blogs and how I missed it while he was in the hospital and how I realized to be thankful for the little things like snoring,well... A couple of nights this past week was a bit hard on my sleeping with my husbands snoring. It was louder then usual and when I say louder, I mean LOUDER. I wasn't sure what to do about it. I didn't want to go against what I wrote and start being annoyed with my husband again. So I decided to wait it out and I played some games on my iPad. Once his snoring became quiet enough I got some sleep. When I told my husband his snoring was keeping me up at night and why I didn't do anything about it we both got a good laugh out of it. He did apologize for his snoring, but I knew he couldn't help it.

So, Yes I am very happy to say that my husband is doing well from his surgery. We are both looking forward to the recovery part being done and over with so we can get back to normal. Although I don't know if things will ever be a completely normal again, we certainly can do our best to try. I am so, so thankful for my husband and do love him with all my heart. I am so thankful that his recovery is going as well as it is and I pray that God continues to watch over my husband and his recovery from this major surgery.
   

Kathleen Smith is an independent author and blogger. You can read more from her at KathleenSmith.org

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