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Preventing Pneumonia Post-Op Preventing Pneumonia Post-Op

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Unread 05-28-2002, 06:17 PM
Preventing Pneumonia Post-Op - Important Reminder!!

Hi Ladies,

TexasChick's post just reminded me of this and since I haven't seen it mentioned here during my time on the boards, I thought it might be a good post.

You have to be very careful after surgery because pneumonia can be a side effect of the surgery and inactivity. Be sure to do the deep breathing exercises, turning, and coughing (yes, I know it hurts!) that the nurses require religiously. (My nurses told me to use the machine and cough at least ten times an hour while I was awake.) The nurses would wake me in the night to take my temperature and it would be up. They'd have me do the deep breathing into the little machine they'll give you and cough a few times and then retake my temp and it would always go down at least a degree.

When the nurse did my post-op teaching, she said for me to be sure to carry on the deep breathing exercises even at home while I was not as active to prevent pneumonia.

I used to be a nurse, and I've seen surgical patients not comply with these requirements and end up in intensive care with a respirator. I'm not trying to scare anyone, just stressing the importance of keeping up with a very vital part of your post-op care.

And don't worry. Your innards will NOT fall out if you cough!

Love and s,

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Unread 05-28-2002, 07:05 PM
Good Post

Hey Lisa, this is a good post. I cannot sleep unless I have taken several deep breaths. I know that sounds crazy, but so many habits I have picked up in the past has helped with my recovery. Ex. in bending, I have always concentrated on my thigh and arm muscles. Deep breathing has always been relaxing.

Also, I know this sounds crazy but I have been rubbing Hydrogen Peroxide with a cotton pad on my face, under nose and on the wrists (our wrists are porus(SP)). Hydrogen Peroxide is a well kept old remedy secret as far as preventative measures and a very good antibiotic.

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Unread 05-29-2002, 11:20 AM
Preventing Pneumonia Post-Op

Hi, Lisa! You're right about using the inspirator "thingies" post op to prevent pneumonia. Thanks for the reminder for our LIWs. The anesthesia can make our lungs "lazy" and we won't feel like breathing deeply, so planning ahead of time to consciously do those deep breathing exercises will help in remembering to expand the airways. Also, you can use your tummy pillow when you cough, sneeze, or laugh!

Glad you are recovering well, Lisa. We appreciate your posts. s

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