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Neelix should be OK...

He got home 2 days ago and although he looks & feels pretty rough, he's healing up amazingly well. Neelix has always been a fast healer, anyway.

The docs had to break one of his ribs in order to implant one of the devices near his heart. (He wound up having 6 heart-related devices implanted into him.) At one point, he had several tubes coming out of him, including a drainage tube in his left side, a catheter and an epidural. He's got staples holding the incision under his left breast together and stitches over his heart.

All things considered, he's handling recovery really well, and I'm so proud of him.
He's using a walker right now, but getting stronger everyday. There are home health care nurses coming by twice a week right now (their job, thus far, has only been to take vitals & instruct), and I'm helping to clean his incisions, bathe him, fetch & carry things for him and so forth.

He was only in the hospital for a little more than 4 days and was up & walking around less than 2 days after his surgery.

As of right now, the rib is what hurts the most, and he's practically living off of narcotics, so he's not-all-there, mentally.
His breathing is easing up more everyday, and his range of motion in his left arm has improved quite a bit. He can't drive for at least 3 weeks, though, and that bothers the hell out of him.
We're having to ask anybody we can to get a ride to the store, run errands, pay bills, etc.
And with an extremely fixed & limited income, we're truly depending on the generosity of others.

But Neelix is OK... Applause Dancing
And to me, that's all that matters.

2 blog comments below

Who's Neelix in relation to you? He kinda sounds like an older brother, but I'm not sure.

The thought of heart surgery is quite worrying (especially as I have something wrong with my heart that may require heart surgery in later life). And all those tubes, ohh dear. What was up with Neelix? I hope nothing too serious! But then again, it's all pretty bad when concerning the heart.

I'm pleased that others are acting generously to you, it's always good to know there are people out there who will help.

Well, I hope Neelix is fully recovered soon and off those drugs, it sounds like he's doing fine by what you say at any rate. Wink
ninjakannon on Fri Nov 02, 2007 10:37 am
Neelix is my live-in best friend.
He moved in with me a few years ago.
He suffers from congestive heart failure.

I sincerely hope that if/when you ever need surgery to correct your heart problems, medical advancements will have grown to a point where an incision isn't even necessary anymore, and recovery time is lessened dramatically. I know medicinal & surgical technology has progressed by leaps and bounds, but there's still a lotta room for improvement.

As for the generosity of others... pickin's are slim. Mad

Neelix & I can count our genuine friends on 3 fingers.
Most everyone else is merely an annoying acquaintance who shows up every now and again, when they want something.
Those that will help always seem to have such hectic schedules of their own that they're simply not able to take me anywhere without sacrificing what little free time they've got.

And both Neelix & myself feel so guilty for asking them to do anything, especially when we simply don't have any money available to repay them with.

But we're making it, slowly but surely.
Things should go a little smoother once Neelix can get behind the wheel again.

Thank you for your well-wishes & kind thoughts, ninjakannon. Smile
CrimsonStrange on Wed Nov 07, 2007 5:34 am

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