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:
- The sternum is broken and opened for access during cardiac surgery. THIS WAS NOT A KEYHOLE OPERATION.
- The sternum is wired shut and the skin sewn up when they’re done.
- Patients are advised not to lift any more than 2 kilos for 6 weeks.
- 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.The 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.