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May 13th, 2013 04:39 PM #16Aurelia - Endora - Illyria - Lorelei - Merida - Ofelia - Penrose - Tabitha - Viola - Zenobia
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May 13th, 2013 05:50 PM #18
Keep doing your deep breathing exercises. They should have given you a little plastic device called an incentive spirometer which you really should use 10x on the hour. As much as it hurts, try to get up and walk around-- when you're in pain, especially due to the chest incision, you'll feel tempted to take small shallow breaths to minimize the pain. Without your lungs fully expanding, this creates a nice space for the chest fluid to reaccumulate, so as minor as it seems it's really important.
I hate how cardiac surgeons put everyone on metoprolol postoperatively. There's lots of data that shows immediate beta-blockade saves lives only if you were on a beta-blocker preoperatively. You didn't have heart surgery, you weren't on the heart-lung machine, so there was no need for it. I also hate how they transfuse willy-nilly. Transfusions carry a great deal of risk, most often immune depression, reactions and something called TRALI (Transfusion-Related Acute Lung Injury). In general surgery we don't transfuse until the hematocrit is<22 or the hemoglobin is <7; cardiac surgeons want everyone above 30. Constant battles there.
Anyway, feel better, breathe deeply, and here's hoping the final pathology report is what they suspected!Blade, MD
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May 13th, 2013 09:04 PM #20
Thank you blade it means so much to have your insight, in fact I feel quite teary.
You have inspired me re the spirometer they told me 4 puffs an hour.
Any advice would be gratefully received.
I have been getting some nausea lately and smells/perfumes make me feel sick. My appetite is returning but it is very picky.
May 13th, 2013 09:14 PM #22
Glad to hear you're home. I'm sending happy thoughts your way. ((hugs))~Mehri
May 14th, 2013 12:46 AM #24
Thank you to everyone for supporting me daily through this recovery, it means a lot I can't send a personal thank you to everyone but please know how much it means to me.