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gmelch, November 25,  2020  11:06am EST

Who can i talk to?

My husband is having double bypass on Friday morning.  I'm scared.  What do I do? I want to cry with someone!

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  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, November 28,  2020  9:36am EST

    Don't panic. When I was diagnosed and told I needed a quintuple bypass, I did panic and was opposed to having it done. Then after consultation and a little proding from my wife, I realized it was my best treatment option. After further research, I discovered that the surgery is common and offers a better shot of quality of life after recovery. By now he has had the surgery and it may be difficult for you to see him in his current condition (my wife admitted she wasn't prepared for that) but his condition will improve quickly and he will be encouraged to start moving around very soon. I was told by my surgeon that I would be walking the day after surgery and that he didn't want me sitting in bed all day. He also told me that I would be climbing stairs before I left the hospital which I did. His recovery may appear to be moving slowly but he will get stronger each day. I strongly encourage that he signs up for cardiac rehab (usually about 6 to 8 weeks after the procedure). It will help him continue to get his strength and also help his mental well being. He may also experience some chest pains along the way. This is not uncommon. I complained about this to my cardiologist a number of times. She finally sat me down and explained what was involved in the procedure and that the pains I'm getting are normal post-op pains. I have recently surpassed the 9 year mark and I feel pretty good. I am able to do all the things I enjoyed before surgery. Be patient with his recovery and have him do all the things his doctor advises. Please keep the faith and remain as positive as you can that he will get through this!

    Wishing you both well! Please let us know how he is doing.


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