Hi everyone, I'm new to this board and was looking for info on rehabilatation after open heart surgery. Here is the background on what is going on (sorry if this gets long) My dad just had triple bypass surgery on April 1st, he went into this surgery with a multitude of problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, kerotid arteries in his neck and colon cancer. Mentally my dad had not been doing well for some time but the nuerologist said it was not dementia or alzheimers but in fact due to the lack of blood flow to his brain, which we were told after surgery this would probably improve even though it is normal after surgery for this to get worse before it gets better especially with all the other issues going on. After the surgery my dad was in ICU for a week before he started to breath on his own and the breathing tube really hurt his throat and at this time is still not eating solid foods and is being fed through the peg in his stomach. He had fevers and blockages from feeding as well. He was in the hospital until yesterday when he was released to the rehabilitation center. At the hospital they did very little rehab with him because mentally he seems unable to participate in his own care, and the longer he stays in bed the weaker he gets. I am going today to visit and I was wondering if anyone knows what his rehabilitation should include, I am afraid with his menal state they may have difficulty and not be effective in helping him. Does anyone know what questions we should ask and also how do we insure that they do the best job possible to help him recover since we can not be there 24 hours a day with him. Also what can we do as his family to help him along. I've been searching online and haven't really come across any info on the after care of someone in my dads condition. Any help and info would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, Karen