Christmas gift for the bypass patient??

  1. 0 So my dad had a triple bypass yesterday and is doing very well!! YEAH!! So question to you cardiac nurses....any good gift ideas? I'm leaning towards both funny and/or useful. I looked all over the internet for a t-shirt that says "I had a triple bypass and all I got was this lousy t-shirt" but I couldn't find one. So of course I am going to get him all his favorite magazines, some books, ect. But certainly I could get some good gift ideas from you guys. He's looking at a minimum 2 week hospital stay. Thanks in advance.
  2. Visit  feebebe23 profile page

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  3. Visit  chelynn profile page
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    He definatly needs a pillow to splint his chest with to do deep breathing and coughing. How about some cute or fancy pillow. You can also go to a T shirt screen print store and get the lettering customized on a shirt. I'm glad the surgery went well and that you will have a great Christmas with your father!
  4. Visit  missy--kay profile page
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    Hi! I just went to cafepress.com and found a shirt that says " I love my triple bypass" and " I survived my triple bypass". I'm sure there are others there.

    Glad to hear the surgery went okay, and enjoy Christmas with your dad!
  5. Visit  Da_Milk_of_Amnesia profile page
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    Minimum 2 week stay ? Thats pretty long for a post-op CABG, we used to have them out in 5-7 days. But def a nice small pillow for splinting his chest would be a good gift considering it's going to take his sternum about 6 weeks to heal and he'll need it for when he is riding in a car too so see if you could find one in the shape of a heart or something creative like that. But I'm glad to hear he is doing well!
  6. Visit  casi profile page
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    Nice pair of slippers and a robe?
  7. Visit  sethmctenn profile page
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    Have you seen a heart hugger? They are waaaaaaaay more effective than squeezing a pillow. http://www.hearthugger.com/how-to-use.html
    liebling5 likes this.
  8. Visit  midinphx profile page
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    No slip but Slip on slippers (so he doesn't have to bend and won't slip). T-shirts will be hard to put on, get shirts that button in the front.
  9. Visit  pghfoxfan profile page
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    Quote from EMTRN6785
    Minimum 2 week stay ? Thats pretty long for a post-op CABG, we used to have them out in 5-7 days. But def a nice small pillow for splinting his chest would be a good gift considering it's going to take his sternum about 6 weeks to heal and he'll need it for when he is riding in a car too so see if you could find one in the shape of a heart or something creative like that. But I'm glad to hear he is doing well!
    LOL, the first thing I took from this post was "2 week minimal stay"?????

    A splinting pillow is nice, but chances are, the hospital will give him one. We give out heart shaped splinting pillows and I have seen other hospitals giving out "Sir Cough a Lot" (sp) A stuffed teddy bear to splint with.

    How bout a gym membership where he can do his cardiac rehab.
  10. Visit  Da_Milk_of_Amnesia profile page
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    Quote from pghfoxfan
    We give out heart shaped splinting pillows and I have seen other hospitals giving out "Sir Cough a Lot" (sp) A stuffed teddy bear to splint with.
    My hospital gave out both..the 'Mended Hearts' People would come around and sometimes the patients (if they were not feeling well) had some nice choice words for them lol. We had the "sir cough a lot bears" funny name I must say, clever.
  11. Visit  feebebe23 profile page
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    Thanks for the ideas....I shouldn't have said "2 week stay." They actually said "in the hospital for Christmas, with the goal of being home by new years." Thanks to you all for the ideas!!
  12. Visit  MERRYWIDOW46 profile page
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    We gave all of our open heart patients BOTH a heart pillow for splinting AND a heart hugger.
    Best bet for t-shirts, cafepress.com.
    Gym membership that starts after he is medically cleared. That way he can keep up the good exercise/rehab program he started post-op.
    Glad things worked out well. Your Dad is lucky to have such a caring and concerned child.
    Happy Holidays and Good Luck.


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