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Old 05-13-2013, 08:22 AM
 
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Arics,

Just make sure you have an advocate with you when you are in any hospital. Medical people tend to be dedicated, in my experience, but patients with a loved one nearby fare the best.

This is very important advice - never go alone.

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Old 05-13-2013, 08:37 AM
 
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Just wishing you the best!!! I am one of 4 girls, the only one without heart problems, so if you need help after the surgery let me know. I make a good nurse xoxo
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Paranoid State
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Since you can't go out of state, one thing to do is absolutely positively insist the everyone down to the janitor (especially the janitor) sanitize his/her hands prior to entering your recovery room. Have a family member print up signs on computer paper & have them tape them to the door to your room.

See How American Health Care Killed My Father - David Goldhill - The Atlantic
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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Arics,

Just make sure you have an advocate with you when you are in any hospital. Medical people tend to be dedicated, in my experience, but patients with a loved one nearby fare the best.
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B.O.T. many years ago [early 60's] my mother was among the VERY First Mitral Valve Transplants.....she had her transplant in Oct of 63....she lived 42 days....longer then ANY other Mitral Valve Transplant......

Fast forward to 2003....I began to have my first dealings with a Cardiologist....Sean Janzer....[now relocated to his home town of Philadelphia.....In conversation about medical history.....it turned out that 3 months after my mother died, HIS mother had the exact same surgery.....I had the pleasure of meeting his mother about a month later.....

Point is ...JANZER was a Las Vegas Dr and one of the finest ive ever met. and the advancements in medical treatment move at warp speed.....

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Old 05-13-2013, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Summerlin, NV
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Has anyone here had any experience with Dr. Juan Marin or Dr. Donohue for open heart surgery? From what I have been told and have read, they are excellent. I am faced with surgery in the next 60 days. I am their youngest patient at 44. My only fear is the hospital, Desert Springs, but this is the only location he performs surgery at.
Are You talking about Dr. Nancy Donohue?
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:10 PM
 
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I had triple bypass about 8 years ago.
My advice:
  1. When in ICU and they ask you if you want Morphine, say (or nod your head)YES.
  2. Have your doctor get former patient to talk to you about his experience. Will help you understand what is going on.

In most cases these days, you have a button that allows you to request morphine. Medical research has found that people get LESS morphine when the administer it themselves (through the IV).

Most cardiac units have volunteers (usually bypass patients) who talk to patients recovering from bypass surgery and the like. I would agree that they are very helpful, especially for the younger patients.
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:17 PM
 
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I too have had a triple bypass. Mine is over 20 years old now and still going strong.

I have had a long relationship with my cardiologist and have asked him for his recommendation on Hospital and surgeon. I will pass them on to Airics privately if he comes through.

I don't get anything from morphine, Last time in major surgery I rode the button for all its worth for an hour...nothing...the nurse verified it was working.

All the pain I had was from the sternum. Do not watch anything funny for the first two weeks.

The only really bad thing i found was being awakened while still intubated. I did not expect it and I was terror stricken. Only lasted a few seconds as they were only checking I was still in residence...then they put me back out.

Other stuff is standard. Start bitching immediately to get out of the hospital. Only bad things happen in Hospitals so get the heck out of there as quick as possible. Cardiac rehab is a good deal. Get you back functioning without killing you.
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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One time when I was walking around with my IV Stand, I walked to a day room on other side of floor. It was out of range for the wireless life sign monitoring system and set off the alarms. Everyone was running around trying to find out where the dead guy was
Oh yeah, DON'T SNEEZE. IT HURTS. GET YOUR "HEART" PILLOW AND HANG ON FOR DEAR LIFE
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:45 PM
 
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All the pain I had was from the sternum. Do not watch anything funny for the first two weeks.

Other stuff is standard. Start bitching immediately to get out of the hospital. Only bad things happen in Hospitals so get the heck out of there as quick as possible. Cardiac rehab is a good deal. Get you back functioning without killing you.

They gave us a special pillow to hold tightly against the chest in case of a sneeze or cough. Sneezes were painful.

You get out of the hospital much quicker if you master the breathing practice (even though it hurts) and you fill your system with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to get the digestive systems flowing.
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Here and there, you decide.
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Are You talking about Dr. Nancy Donohue?
yes dr nancy donohue and dr juan martin
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