101 Things you can do to Help an Open Heart Surgery Patient

  1. Help them get the right diagnosis, taking into account a myriad of resources, not just one doctors word (the traditional approach). Resources should include doctors, nurses, family members, books, web resources, other heart patients, medical journals and more.
  2. Help them conquer denial, resentment, or any other feelings that will stall getting further help.
  3. Encourage and help them find the best remedy and procedure for their condition, again taking into account a myriad of resources, not just one doctors word (the traditional approach). Resources should include doctors, nurses, family members, books, web resources, other heart patients, medical journals and more.
  4. Within the confines of what is practical:  help them find the best doctor and the best hospital, both relative to the type of procedure they are having done.
  5. Do whatever you can to help them think positive, laugh a little, relax, and de-stress. Suggest activities that will precipitate this and help them to prepare mentally for the surgery and recovery.
  6. Help them organize and create a plan to keep their responsibilities going while they are going to be incapacitated.
  7. Buy them a pair of pajamas.
  8. If they're just an acquaintance, ask them how they feel when you see them? This simple question to a heart patient helps strengthen their soul even when it's asked a year after surgery.
  9. Buy them a tube of Mederma scar cream (it works).
  10. Join them for a walk (they'll be taking a lot of them).
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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

11. Encourage them to eat healthy and exercise.

Laurie said...

12. buy them Barefoot In November, make 2 cups of cammomile tea with honey, no milk, get a cozy blanket big enough for 2 (even if its's summer; turn up the air) and READ the book to them!!

JC said...

13. Keep a Journal you'll be amazed at how much you don't remember!!

Anonymous said...

14. cry if you need to

MrsNicoleCarey said...

15. be patient but firm with them through their recovery process. Encourage them to live and set goals together.

MrsNicoleCarey said...

16. nursing a heart patient back to full recovery can be a taxing job. Remember to wear some invisible armor.

Meg said...

17. Don't tell them that everything will be fine because they're "strong" (even if they are)... because that form of sympathy gets old quick. Tell them you understand how horrible it will be instead, and just let them know you'll be there for them.

Anonymous said...

18. Listen to their fears, concerns, anger, etc and be a shoulder to cry on. Then give them a hug and genuine encouragement. And, be there to do it all over again (whether it's an hour or a day later). Support makes a world of difference!

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