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6 days ago · Post CABG Post traumatic stress disorder in Heart & Blood Health

The surgeon did not really seem concerned about my complaints. Said to come back in 2 months. There is a staple starting to come out of the sternum, which is painful, but he joked that I was too skinny. So I called back and they will order X-ras or CT scans. I hope it can be fixed easily. I have the blues but someone from hospice is helping me. (Added to ICU, my husband died 3 weeks ago.) So it has been a horrible year.

6 days ago · Post CABG Post traumatic stress disorder in Heart & Blood Health

Right. My hair falls out in clumps. The dermatologist says it's stress but it will get better in 6 months. I also got a flareup of rosacea. Due to stress. My husband died 3 weeks ago. Also, a staple is pushing its way out of my sternum. The surgeon says to wait a few months but it is painful. But all are fixable. Thanks for your concern.

Wed, Jan 9 9:35am · What did you find most surprising once you were out of the ICU? in Intensive Care (ICU)

Yes. I experienced it twice. First a few months after I had breast cancer surgery, and recently after I had open heart surgery. Get help from your care team right away. If they don't have any experience with PICS (post intensive care syndrome) then keep trying to you find someone who does.

Mon, Jan 7 4:41pm · What did you find most surprising once you were out of the ICU? in Intensive Care (ICU)

I was aghast that I knew about PICS but the ICU staff and D/C planner did not. The hospital where I was in ICU could not provide resources to help me. About a month after open heart surgery, when I was no longer worried I'd survive, I began having painful flashbacks and reliving the painful and prolonged extubation, as well as the pain every procedure and tube caused. I had to call the suicide hot line to speak with someone about my mental anguish. That did help, but why didn't the ICU have this on their radar?

Wed, Jan 2 8:18am · Post CABG Post traumatic stress disorder in Heart & Blood Health

OK — I will try to get an appt. with the surgeon. I appreciate your response and kind words. Yesterday I felt pretty despondent, so I called the hosp. where I had the surgery and asked for the suicide hot line. I called the number and they were very helpful. I need to share my angst with the right people, so I will do that as soon as I can and try to get some psych. help as well.

Dec 20, 2018 · Post CABG Post traumatic stress disorder in Heart & Blood Health

I had an urgent CABG 2 months ago after a heart attack and just now read up on it to find I was put on a heart-lung bypass machine, and there are other options. My heart was stopped for over an hour! I did not have a transfusion but they used a "cell-saver". Now I wish I would have had "off-pump" and minimally invasive Sx because my post op pain was so great. Last week I had another mild heart attack because the smaller graft failed — I am very discouraged. I have to start physical therapy all over. I had NO risk factors for CAD except one: family history. Now I am obsessed with what happened in surgery and how long my heart was stopped, and the pain I went through which was not well controlled. I was so stunned I had a heart attack that I did not want to know anything ahead of the surgery. Why am I stewing over it now? What to do?