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Jnr94, September 12,  2020  8:52pm EST

Mom recovering from massive heart attack

Hi everyone! 
I am certainly no stranger to heart problems in my family. My sister was born with HLHS and has had two heart transplants and my dad had a heart attack that he didn't find out about until 5 years later, which resulted in him having open heart surgery. 
New to the heart issues in the family is my mom. She had a massive widowmaker heart attack on Sunday night (09/06) and due to COVID-19 measures, only I was allowed in the hospital that night while she had a cath and was successfully stented (dad had to handle sisters medications). 
My mom came home three days later, this past Wednesday, with a Zoll LifeVest. Shes struggling pretty bad with that, as well as the whole recovery itself--she's at 30% function (which they expect to get better over time with medication and lifestyle changes) and is not used to not being able to catch her breath or move around easily. I keep reassuring her that it'll take time, but she's super frustrated. I'm by no means trying to be "woe is me," but I am EXHAUSTED. I'm constantly checking on her throughout the night (even with going to work everyday typically) and am doing all I can to help her recovery go smoothly and keep her chilled out. Tell me this gets better--the anxiety, the worry, the exhaustion--for both me and my mom! 

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  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, September 14,  2020  9:00am EST

    I am so sorry for all that your family is having to manage! I can see how everyone is just exhausted, emotionally, and physically. I am wondering if it would be possible to have family friends or a paid caregiver stay with you all for a few nights so that your mom has company and is not alone, and you can have some rest? 

    Never worry about the woe is me feelings, caregiver is one of the most difficult aspects of recovery, I believe. 

    Please know that we are here for you both. 

    Best, Katie

  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, September 17,  2020  7:02pm EST

    If your mom is patient and follows the advice of her doctors, her recovery will progress slowly but surely so yes it does get better over time. She should consider cardiac rehab if she hasn't already started. It's an excellent way to help strengthen her heart. She could also consult with her doctor about doing some exercises on her own such as walking daily. This too can help speed recovery.

    Wishing all your family well!


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