Recovery - it’s good to be back home, but remember to take time to recover.
Take it easy
- it’s important not to strain yourself as you recover.
Tend to your wound
- Avoid lifting heavy objects and doing strenuous exercise until your doctor says it’s safe. You can walk a short distance on level ground, but nothing more challenging than that
- Do not go up and down the stairs more than 2 times per day—at least for the first 2 to 3 days
- Avoid driving until your doctor says it’s safe
- Eat heart-healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, and low-fat options
- take care of the area where the catheter was inserted.
Call for help if needed
- Keep your wound dry for the first 24 hours
- If you take a shower, avoid getting water on the wound
- Do not take a bath or go swimming for at least 1 week
- If bruising around the wound suddenly gets bigger or harder:
- Call your doctor immediately
- Lie down and apply pressure to the area just above the wound for 15 minutes (this should stop the bleeding) For safety, lie down for 2 or more hours
- contact your doctor or emergency services. Have those important phone
numbers handy, always.
- You experience an increase in shortness of breath or sudden chest pain that doesn’t go away with rest or medication
- You feel dizzy, very tired or faint, or have a fever
- You have weight gain greater than 2lbs overnight
- You cannot keep taking your medications because of side effects, such as rash, bleeding, or upset stomach
- Before any medical or dental procedure; you may need to be prescribed antibiotics to avoid potential infection
- The wound site is bleeding, becomes swollen, red, painful or has yellow or green discharge