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Post Whipple Care was posted 04/30/2002 08:52 pm by Bluegrass
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Like Shari said, so much depends on the person, their situation, and how the surgery went. My husband was in the hospital 13 days, had had chemo & radiation pre surgery so the incision did not heal properly and when he was discharged, he had a divot at his surgery site the depth of a golf ball, and the length of about 3 inches. The site had to be cleaned, packed and redress, 3 times a day for a few weeks. Home nurses came out to show me how, but ultimately it was our job. Then there were the drains... after the surgery the patients tend to really need support. My husband who isn't normally dependent became very much so, and very emotional. The doctors said that this was normal much of it is due to all of the medications. Sometimes he was sore, stiff, and unable to do little things like get up and down by himself. This lasted only about a week or two. My husband is 46 years old, a former military person who up until recently belonged to the National Guard (now retired). He used to run 2 or 3 miles 3 times a week, passed his military physical 3 months before being diagnosed, and returned to full time work 2 months after his surgery. He is by no means a dependent person, but he truly needed me day and night for about 4 weeks after the surgery. I am hoping you have a better experience. But one of the things the doctors and the nurses did tell me is that it is important for patients to eat a little every 2 hours (or so) AND that what they thought they wanted to eat one day may very well be rejected the next, so it is important to have a variety of choices of easy to prepare foods. It sounds really scary and it certainly isn't easy, but it sure has been worth it because he has such a positive attitude and he attributes much of it to the care he received when he was unable to do for himself.

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