Let me start by saying hello! I'm not a patient, but the spouse of one. My husband is 3.5 weeks out of bypass and, in my opinion, doing great! He's very positive, motivated, and for the most part sticking right to "the program".
I've been with him since day one when he decided to take this journey. I knew the surgery would be the best for him in regards to his long-term health but it had to be his decision, one he chose to make at the beginning of December, '08. I've been to every doctor's appointment, read every brochure and been to every support meeting with him. The more I know, the more I can be of help as we move ahead with our life together.
Let's take us to now... like I said, he's 3.5 weeks out of surgery. He's doing well with his diet, and is up to soft/mushy pieces of food. So far he has tolerated everything well with only one food that gives him issues. (Chunk white turkey!) He's drinking well, and taking his vitamins as instructed. I wish my kids followed directions as good as him!
Ever since his surgery... and about a month prior... his energy level has been way down. Our son was home from school this week with a nasty cold. And just like clockwork, our daughter got it next. Today both him and I woke up with sniffling noses, watery eyes, congestion, and a sore throat. I know he can only take Tylenol for aches and pains, but has anyone else experienced cold-type symptoms where they have had to take over-the-counter medicine? And if so, what did you take?
He's watching for fever, and so far, none yet. But he's still very tired a lot and can't get moving. I'm sure this won't help him to fight anything off! Did many of you have a really low energy level after surgery? And if so... for how long???
Thanks for your help. I look forward to reading all of your posts and learning about this process even more!!!
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