Most folks seem to have bypass surgery and everything goes just fine. Sadly I wasn’t one of those people. Shortly after my surgery the incision opened back up and all of my systems just seemed to go downhill afterwards. By the time I got out of the hospital and arrived at Collingwood I had a tracheostomy, needed to use a feeding tube and was on dialysis. My congestive heart failure made my whole situation more frightening.
The professionals at Collingswood are the reason I am now living nearly independently with just a bit of assistance. I no longer have the tracheostomy or need dialysis and I am eating normally again. I could tell that every member of the staff could really understand how frightened I was with what I was going through. They were there for me every time I was having a difficult moment – even if it was just to hold my hand and reassure me that things were going to be okay.
I felt very self-conscious about going out of my room but I’m glad that my aides encouraged me to do so. I attended life enrichment activities and really enjoyed them.