You want to be prepared for the six to eight-week process after heart surgery. As the patient, if you are properly prepared you can help to speed up your cardiac surgery rehabilitation process. Below are five tips to help in your preparations.
1. Coordinate Your Helpers
You will need help after the surgery for simple to larger tasks. Compile a list of individuals who are willing to help you and try to secure two primary individuals to take care of most of your needs, as well as monitor the number of visitors who come to see you.
2. Prepare Your Body
Participating in certain exercise activities and receiving massage for a few weeks before surgery can help to prepare your body as well as decrease your needed recovery time.
3. Collect Your Comforts
Since you will not be able to lie in a bed right away, having a comfortable recliner is ideal. You also want to have a good amount of pillows ready for when you can sleep in bed again.
4. Prepare Your Mind
Though it is best to avoid stress, you will face certain stresses, be they bills or individuals. Try to prepare yourself by having calming activities on hand.
5. Have Proper Communication Channels
When you are too exhausted to talk, different communication channels such as text, email or social media can be very helpful.
Implementing these tips can help cultivate a smooth cardiac surgery rehabilitation process.