Thank you for visiting Heart Care Matters today. As I previously shared, we were fortunate to have 6 weeks to prepare for Steve’s open heart surgery. It was a very stressful and emotionally charged time in our lives. We were scared and the thought of undergoing open heart surgery seemed unreal. Sometimes we felt as if we were in the ‘Twilight Zone’. And, as much as I had mentally prepared for that day to come the reality was that it was nonetheless a very challenging period both emotionally and psychologically.
With this in mind, how does one then prepare for open heart surgery when emotions run high and fears and worries threaten to shake our foundation? As I pondered what might be the most helpful to you and your loved one, I thought of sharing what we learned by creating the ‘Open Heart Surgery Series’. This series will include many important preparation guidelines and recommendations but it will be delivered in sections as to help minimize the feelings of being overwhelmed by information ‘overload’. In addition, I realize that in some cases there is very little time to make preparations such as in emergency operations. In these situations, the patient is very unlikely to make preparations and the caregiver may be overwhelmed by caretaking and advocating for the patient. The likelihood for further research or preparing becomes very challenging or in some cases non-existent. However, in a simplified format the caregiver might be more likely to apply what is most relevant. Furthermore, the thought of having open heart surgery is by nature a very overwhelming period. By creating a series, I hope to provide the patient and caregiver a balanced perspective to help guide their preparations and priorities.
Therefore, over the course of the next month or so I will be introducing the series via a set of articles. These articles will include not only what we found helpful during our preparations but what we continue to learn on this extensive subject. To begin the series, I thought it would be important to start with an ‘Open Heart Surgery Patient Preparation Guide’. As I gather my thoughts for this resource I welcome your imput. My hope is that it will be a thoughful resource to help guide you and your loved one during this time.
As always, I appreciate your support and look forward to hearing from you!