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Michelle T

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Date: 9/27/12 9:01 PM

DH's step brother had a quadruple bypass on Tuesday. The surgery appeared to go well, but now it appears Ken has developed pneumonia. He is allergic to penicillin.

Unfortunately they live 5 hours and a ferry trip away from us, so we cannot offer hands on support.

I would appreciate any and all suggestions on how to support his family (wife, 4 daughters, plus grandchildren) from afar.

I may be able to travel there next weekend (Canadian Thanksgiving), but am not sure what I can do for them. I could maybe cook the Turkey dinner for the family.

Thank you for any suggestions.

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Date: 9/27/12 9:32 PM

I am sorry to hear about DH's step brother .... both of my parents had bypass surgery. A few months ago a friend of ours had heart surgery. Perhaps if you go you can help them prepare the house for his home coming... shower chair, any extra pillows needed, instant shampoo as he may not be taking a full shower right away... these are things our friend needed when he came home. Might also ask if they need any grocercies stocked up ... our friend asked for plenty of chicken noodle soup, broth, jello. Just these simple things would be very helpful IMO. Our friends were very grateful as he felt quite ill for about 2 weeks.
If you cannot go many things can be ordered online & delivered. even broth, kleenex & etc.
I will pray for you & your family. Take care.....

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Date: 9/27/12 10:27 PM

Thank you for the suggestions.

I know this is a family who has a very poor diet, by choice not economic circumstances. I had thought of heart healthy meals in the freezer, but I doubt they would eat them even after such a wake up all.

But soups, jello and other easy to eat and prepare foods are doable.

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Date: 9/27/12 11:06 PM

If you go you can make home made chicken soup with some turmeric in it. The turmeric needs to be cooked with a protein for about 20 minutes so the anti viral activates. (this is what I have been told by and herbalist) It really helps to make you feel better and it's the perfect time of the year for it. I buy a chicken that has already been roasted and pick all the meat off, I get a good quality chicken broth, what ever veggies look good at the moment, through in some spices and cook for an hour or so. I call this my cheaters soup, because it doesn't take much time and everyone loves it.
I will keep you and your family in my thoughts

Nora :)

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Date: 9/27/12 11:55 PM

Perhaps pasta casseroles for the freezer? You could sneak some veggies in.... another thing is perhaps an uplifting book on tape or two (The Life of Pi is awesome, but you'll know better his taste) - he's going to have some time on his hands for a while... another idea might be to check around his local paper's classifieds to see if there's a cheap treadmill - so he doesn't have an excuse to not walk...

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Date: 9/28/12 4:49 PM

Oh I just also thought of ice packs, small ice packs... our friend had to use them quite a bit at first for the swelling of the multiple incisions. If they are already popped in & ready in the freezer then when he gets home & wants one ... our friend needed 2 right away as it was a long drive from Mayo to their house in Wisconsin.... anyway it helps with the pain & swelling. .... Just something to ease the immediate burden when first coming home.
Oh yes & our friend wanted plain saltines too to help with nausea... the first couple of days at home much nausea from all the coughing. ...Extra pillows to support the chest when coughing, & sore shoulders from incisions.
I hope this helps. ......Oh also.........
With Mom she had to use a walker for a while... that was 5 + years ago & Mom was nearly 80 at the time. I am not sure if your BIL will need an easy to use foldable walker... they are rentable if it is just short term. Our friend had a cane with 3 prong for balance for about a month... he is 60. .....

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Date: 10/1/12 2:07 PM

My cousin (age 54) just had a quadruple bypass. I don't know about where you are located, but here he had to go to a nursing home until he was strong enough to be on his own and even then he has to go to a cardiac rehab program. He has other issues, such as stage V kidney failure from diabetes. He has basically very poor diet and no exercise, so I think the cardiac rehab will get him into better shape. He will have to undergo dialysis now for the rest of his life, or until they deem him a viable candidate for kidney transplant.

Post surgical care does include the services of a nutritionist while still in the hospital, so perhaps that will give the family some guidance. Some people do continue on the same path post op, though. They feel that the surgery just bought them some exra time.....good luck and how sweet of you to try to help out!

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Date: 10/14/12 12:43 PM

Update please... how is it going? Any news?
Thank you!

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Oh my..here we go again, no job...Sighing allot..almost 3 months & counting ...

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