I left the hospital with not only a new lease on life but also three gifts. One of the important things to do after this kind of surgery is to keep the lungs clear so no infection grows. The best way to clear the lungs is to cough. This hurts after being cut open.
To make this process easier I was given a heart pillow.
I press this against the cut, hold it in place with crisscrossed arms and cough. Amazingly enough this does work. The pain of coughing is eased by doing this. The hospital has a group of volunteers who make these pillows for heart patients. Years ago Kathy’s quilt group also did something similar to this for local hospitals as their make-a-difference day project.
As the lungs are being kept clear it is also important to exercise them to get maximum oxygen levels. To this end I was given two things. The first is the Areobika. I place this gizmo in my mouth and exhale into it. As the air flows something within the machine vibrates. The louder and stronger the vibration, the better shape the lungs are in. I got that sucker fluttering like crazy.
The second important part is to strengthen the lungs during intake. The means to this end is the Incentive Spirometer.
This is used for inhaling. The goal is to keep the piston on the left in the best – better range while making the one on the right rise. I am at the half way point so far. Not bad for just being cut open last Monday.
Well, I will continue using these gifts until I no longer need then which will hopefully be soon.