Encourage the patient to continually stretch to new distances, times, or whatever they are working on. Encouragement is an amazing way to get a patient to walk around the halls one more time, sit up just a little bit longer, or to eat a little more food.
I didn’t even want to move after surgery, but it is important to start moving as soon as possible. Having my family right there pushing just enough was amazing. Of course, I wasn’t all that appreciative at the time. . .
I didn’t want to eat. Food tasted strange. I felt nauseous. However, food was important. I didn’t even know what I liked or wanted. My family figured out what I liked and what would stay down best. They talked to the nutritionist to get those things onto my tray.
Walking in the corridor took awhile. At first I could only walk a couple steps. Then I could walk to the door. And then a few steps in the hallway. Initially, I was surrounded by family and nursing staff. That allowed me to build my strength and confidence knowing that they were always there to catch me.