|Mom and Babies hanging out by the recently cleaned cement pond.|
“Sighting of the Day in the Bush”
|Her attention and love of her offsprings have been unrelenting since we first saw them in August.|
|During this period of high temperatures, some warthogs avoid cooling off in the cement pond when the water has become warm.|
- Caregiver’s attitude: Nothing could be more distressing than having a caregiver who wasn’t encouraging, upbeat and optimistic. A negative resentful attitude could, without a doubt, have an impact on the rate of recovery. Regardless of how difficult this may be, never attempt to make the patient feel guilty for putting them in this position.
- Willingness to prepare special meals: After bypass surgery, many patients have a diminished appetite and desire to eat. Healthful, familiar meals are a real boon to the patient’s recovery.
- Replenishment of cold fresh beverages can be instrumental in recovery: The medications may cause extreme thirst and a dry mouth. Drinking plenty of fluids is required for recovery. Having stale water or beverages hardly inspire the patient to drink to replenish their needs during the healing process.
- Participation in the rehabilitation process: This type of surgery (and most others) require a committed and diligent walking program. By encouraging and gently reminding the patient as to this process is crucial in making a complete recovery. If the caregiver walks with the patient especially if they’re fearful of falling, the patient grows more and more confident.
- Medication distribution and monitoring: Many times patients find themselves taking eight to 10 new prescriptions, some of which are taken at varying times of the day and night. A conscientious caregiver will oversee this process to ensure correct dosages to avoid over or under medicating. Some pain medications cause drowsiness and result in the patient becoming forgetful.
- Encouraging rest periods: Instructions after surgery may include certain activities based on the patient’s level of progress. Type A personalities may easily become overjealous in performing such tasks. As much as the patient believes “more is better” a good caregiver will monitor such activities encouraging rest periods and following doctor’s orders.
- Creating a comfortable sleeping and napping arrangement: If the patient is uncomfortable sharing a bed with their caregiver/spouse and if the space is too small for comfort, an extra bed in the same room might be suitable. Air conditioning in hot weather is a must, as is appropriate heat in cold environments. Avoid extreme temperatures to aid in healing. Ensuring bedding and pillows are placed for the utmost in comfort is a must, even when the patient is out of bed and seated at a table or in a chair.
- Escape time. When going through a difficult recovery, everyone needs a period of time each day when they can escape from worrying thoughts and pain. Watching fun TV shows and movies, games to play or other such activities reduces the time the patient is feeling stressed, here again aiding in recovery.
- Encourage feelings of self-esteem: Let’s face it, having one’s body mutilated from surgery is a difficult thing to face for some patients. Only the caregiver will know if this is an issue and will provide realistic encouragement during the recovery process and in times to come.
Photo from one year ago today, February 28, 2018:
|Nearby at another tree, we spotted a rhino mom and her baby, born this season and still closely attached to the mother. For more photos, please click here.|