So glad I found this site. My friend just had neck surgery today. Another friend will bring her home Monday and stay through Thursday and I'll come to care for her Thursday/Friday (I live about 40 min away.) So when I see her, she will be about 6 days post-surgery. Got notification that all went well in surgery. She's expecting to wear a hard collar for two weeks, then a soft collar for the remaining 4 weeks. She is 53, single, no family to care for.
I'm a new RN myself and understand each pt will have their own outcome. But "typically," what should I expect her to be able to do or not do? I'm prepared to do whatever she needs, but I won't be able to talk to a physician or anything, just the friend that will be there the few days before me.
I'm concerned that when I leave Friday night, she has no care lined up for Sat/Sun. I must be home for family business on the weekend. Is it reasonable to believe she can tend to herself 8 days post op? There are more local friends that can maybe pop by. I'm just unclear if one is to stay in bed or encouraged to move delicately?
I would appreciate any insight that all of your wisdom can bring! Thank you so much and thank you for this forum!
helping to care for friend after
also has Myasthenia Gravis