I’ll post quite an impressive picture of the scar at the bottom of the blog so that you will continue reading if you are squeamish. I post it for the curious who have never seen a chest incision and also as a testament to what the human body can endure and recover.
I am so thankful that I am retired and able to care for him 24/7. While he has the desire to do for himself, at this point the basic things like putting on socks and putting on a shirt are very difficult if not impossible. He obviously has incision pain, but is also suffering intense muscle pain in his back from being prone for a week. If it were just the muscle pain, there would be stretching and a possible massage in his future but those are not options right now. It is difficult to watch my strong husband reduced to needing me to add a little support for movement when he needs to lay down…..or put his socks on him. If you know me, you know my aversion to other people’s feet (Tracy). This experience has made a radical change in this particular phobia!
I have so much empathy for anyone or any family who doesn’t have the option of staying home to take care of their patient or anyone who doesn’t have family to do so.
…..and now the picture…..