• How can I help my dad post-surgery?

    Asked by kcbez on Friday, January 25, 2013

    How can I help my dad post-surgery?

    My dad had surgery to remove his esophagus last week and just returned home. He's having a really rough time - not sleeping much, in a lot of pain, and I'm really nervous. My mom is in contact with his doctors but I would appreciate any advice about how best to provide support to them, or any advice for them dealing with this. They are both overwhelmed I think.

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    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      As usual great advice has been given. Do you have any family and friends who can become part of a larger support network. Your mom will need this as much as your dad, being a primary caregiver is really tough, harder then being a patient, and given your age I suspect your parents are in their 80s. Contact the hospital social service department and see what services are available. Sign them up for meals on wheels, your dad may be having problems eating now, but your mom need good nutritious meals. Do you have a VNSA in your area, if yes contact them

      over 8 years ago
    • chiefomni's Avatar
      chiefomni

      I suggest you take a look at a web site for the esophageal cancer education foundation www.fightec.org.

      In addition to a book called Esophagectomy Post Surgical Guide Q &A we have support groups for patients who have gone through this surgery and caregivers. The support groups meet by conference call on a monthly basis

      about 8 years ago
    • kcbez's Avatar
      kcbez

      Thanks for the all the answers. The day after I posted this question my dad was back in the hospital for emergency surgery from a massive infection and he's been in the hospital since then. He has been fighting the infection and also has several blood clots. So, while the initial surgery went smoothly, he is in much worse shape now that just after the surgery. It looks like it will be a long road for both my parents. Thanks again for all this advice.

      about 8 years ago

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