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Old 08-07-2022, 10:39 AM
 
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Have friend who was visiting relatives out of state and had chest pains—his wife made him go to ER and they found he had blockage in all 4 valves—said it was serious risk to delay surgery to travel home so he had surgery in Bloomington this past Friday—
Wife and daughter say he is doing well—starting to walk—getting his breathing treatments
Will go to his brother’s house when released for about a month before he can go home

Want to send some gift things—
What about the chest pillow you use for seatbelt padding?
Any suggestions for particular one?

Will they release him with drains? Our son had cancer of the bile ducts and he has several drains to deal with
Right clothing was always an issue

Any suggestions from those you had heart surgery about what were best additions to aid recovery???
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Old 08-07-2022, 02:42 PM
 
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Have friend who was visiting relatives out of state and had chest pains—his wife made him go to ER and they found he had blockage in all 4 valves—said it was serious risk to delay surgery to travel home so he had surgery in Bloomington this past Friday—
Wife and daughter say he is doing well—starting to walk—getting his breathing treatments
Will go to his brother’s house when released for about a month before he can go home

Want to send some gift things— needed
What about the chest pillow you use for seatbelt padding?
Any suggestions for particular one?

Will they release him with drains? Our son had cancer of the bile ducts and he has several drains to deal with
Right clothing was always an issue

Any suggestions from those you had heart surgery about what were best additions to aid recovery???
Good friend had open heart surgery due to pacemaker removal. 2.5 weeks in the hospital, 1 week in rehab center, then home. Visiting nurse for 4 weeks, PT and OT services at home. No drains but the nurse would check the incision site, new bandage etc. For some people all of these numbers are longer, more time in hospital, more time in rehab etc. He had a heart pillow that was given to him in cardiac intensive care and he used that against his chest when he had to cough etc. I cant think of anything he needed. He went to the rehab center by ambulance and then home in a reg car. Nothing special was needed
Im sure your friend will do well since hes up and walking etc. Maybe call him and just chat. That can mean alot.
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Old 08-07-2022, 04:56 PM
 
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My mom also got her chest pillow from the hospital. She really didn't need anything. She didn't want anyone around her except my dad who took care of her. She didn't want to talk to anyone on the phone or visitors for awhile either. Just wanted to rest, recover and mentally accept what happened.
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Old 08-07-2022, 08:52 PM
 
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The hospital gave me my Heart Pillow
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