A bag of cement

I work in a hospital and deal with post-operative cardiac patients on a regular basis. I had the pleasure (for blogfodder)/ shock/ misfortune/ horror of seeing someone readmitted today two weeks after his original surgery.

I’ll just lay out some background for you:

  1. The sternum is broken and opened for access during cardiac surgery. THIS WAS NOT A KEYHOLE OPERATION.
  2. The sternum is wired shut and the skin sewn up when they’re done.
  3. Patients are advised not to lift any more than 2 kilos for 6 weeks.
  4. They are advised not to drive because of the chance of hurting themselves and their wound for a minimum of 4 weeks.

This genius of a man came back in for a sternal rewiring because at two weeks post-op, so only about 1 week after leaving hospital, he picked up a bag of cement.ImageThe internet reliably (ha!) informs me that the weight of the cement bag was not 2kg. Maybe more like 25kg.

Poor health choices, man whose chest ripped open, poor health choices.



  1. TemptingSweets99

    What the hell was he thinking!? I hope he learned his lesson. Yikes! I like to stay out of the hospital if possible. 🙂

  2. happyhippierose

    that is so horrifying gross / awesome.

    i totally wish you had photos. not gonna lie. even though i’d shriek and then look away really quickly.

    i can’t stand cardio stuff. i always sucked at reading strips, i can’t say the name “amiodarone” the right way and i always sound like an idiot. and idk, hearts just aren’t my jam. neither is the OR or the cath lab. *shudders*

    well. the cath lab is kinda cool, when you’re doing pt care or looking at the monitors. but as soon as you have to look at the femoral artery and imagine all that rooting around or after you have to hold pressure forever and ever… it’s gross and boring.

    i’m a weirdo. i’d much rather hang out and watch c-scopes.

    and most of all i like birthing babies.

    • Sleep and Salami

      I have no issues with any of those things and I’ve seen some pretty gross stuff but anything dermatological will send me running for the hills.
      Seriously. The word “I have this rash” end up with me looking like George Costanza in The Fire.
      Women and children, watch out.

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