Recovery Organizer (preview/sample)

by Maggie Lichtenberg, PCC
happy survivor and thriver!

Pre-Surgery QUESTIONS Checklist (preview/sample)

Get answers to
questions about:
Professional
to ask
Date completed  
1. Surgery: what to expect    
2. Hospital stay    
3. Banking your own blood    
4. Pain management options    
5. Anger, Depression    
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MASTER CHECKLIST (preview/sample)

Part I  Take an Active Role Before Your Surgery Date.
Remember: Advance Knowledge Is Power
  Assignment  
Date Completed

Designate an advocate: the caregiver who will accompany you before, during, and after surgery

 

Making the decision for surgery

 

Selecting the surgeon

 

Check surgeon and hospital quality at www.healthgrades.com

 
Choosing a hospital  
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What you will do for yourself before surgery:
20 strategies — for example:

  Assignment  
Date Completed
Begin a daily prepare-for-surgery program  

Join a local or online support group

 

Get clear on what your level of functioning will be once you go home

 

Decide whether to seek short-term counseling

 
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Part II 

Plan Ahead Proactively for 8-12 Weeks of Recovery
  Assignment  
Date Completed
Create a group email list or phone call chain  

Designate one follow-up phone/email communicator

 

Engage daily in frank 2-way primary caregiver communication;

  • Speak truly about your feelings to each other
  • Be a good listener
 

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The full program continues with detailed advice on how to organize a home team, practice assertive communication, educate yourself, put yourself first...and many more empowering strategies for the recovering heart patient and caregiver.

This program is downloadable, in PDF format.

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