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Before your surgery, be sure to ask your doctor about medications....

Before your surgery, be sure to ask your doctor about medications. Usually, a blood pressure pill is the only pill taken the morning of surgery. Patients' with diabetes will also have special instructions based upon the type of insulin or medication they receive. Do not modify your medications on your own. Ask your doctor for specific instructions of how to take your medications the night before and morning of surgery.

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When you go for your pre-operative appointment, you will likely be given two packages of special antibacterial soap. You will take a shower with this soap the night before and the morning of surgery. Allow the soap on the sponge to foam up and squeeze the soap on all areas that could be cut during surgery (chest, abdomen, arm, leg). Allow the soap to sit for 3-5 minutes before letting the shower rinse it off.

You will receive a heart pillow and incentive spirometer once you are in the hospital. These are your best friends! Keep your pillow by you at all times. If you move, cough, sneeze, laugh, etc., hug your pillow to protect your sternum and help with the pain. Remember your sternum is held together with sternal wire, you cannot push or pull with your arms or you will re-open your chest. Hugging the pillow helps remind you that you cannot use your arms. The incentive spirometer should be used 8-10 times per hour every hour. If you are watching television, pick it up and use it 2-3 times during every commercial break. The incentive spirometer will cause you to cough, but hug your pillow and cough the mucus up. The incentive spirometer is to protect you from pneumonia. To use your incentive spirometer, take a breath, blow all of the air out of your lungs, place the mouthpiece in your mouth, inhale a slow deep breath, and take a break.

You will have some pain or discomfort in your chest and at the site that the vein was taken. If needed, be sure to ask for your pain medication. You will need to get up and begin walking as soon as possible, so you want to keep yourself comfortable and able to walk. Walking is a major part of your recovery and is the ticket to going home.

I'll point out that I actually got the idea for this posting talking with Katherine at Future Board. Thanks for that. I guess you will find inspiration in unanticipated ways.

Inspirations For This Post

http://www.exposestudios.com - Cheers Kale. I understand you are incredibly busy! Thank you for making the time.
http://quakesbaseball.com/ - Call these folks all the time.
http://iloverenovations.ca/love - Once more, many thanks for giving the pics.

Posted in Personal Development Post Date 02/23/2016


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