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Andrew - My Dad, as of today, is home from the hospital after having a heart attack and triple bypass surgery and having his aortic heart valve replaced. I've been telling my mother about the Inclined Bed Therapy and she wants to give it a try. I'm curious to know whether there are any conditions where IBT would be considered unsafe.He's still very weak and is on oxygen. His feet are also quite swollen tonight, but he's also been up moving around probably more than he should have.
AndrewCould you give me any more information on the relationship with a callapsed veins and surgery, was interested to see this mentioned in the above thread.Are patients that have had surgery for varicose veins, more prone to this even many years after as well ?I know that if a patient has had surgery once on a vv, that the procedure is more involved next time, if it is not successful.alunP.S I hope Carolyn's father gets better soon.
Dad's bed has been inclined now for 3 days. The swelling has almost disappeared in his feet, his face is starting to turn back to it's normal shade and he's not using the oxygen nearly as much. I had planned on inclining my bed when I get home from Georgia in the hopes that it may help with the pain of the Fibromyalgia and possibly will help hubby's night leg pains, but after looking at mom and dad's bed, I'm not so sure hubby's going to go for it. The feet of their bed was already 6 inches off the the ground and then we raised it another 6 inches. That's a pretty steep incline....erhm...I would think that would make sex a little difficult!
Hi MembersGlad to see so many people gaining from the inclined bed therapy.When i first started the inclined bed therapy (a month tomorrow), andrew mentioned the fact you could get further benefit if needed it through the day when using a certain type of rest for your legs. This type of resting had to be placed below the knee, so that the knee is higher than the foot when resting.So i had to mention a rest that i am using that gives me a boost during the day and you can place it under tables and when you are watching TV, or on the computer etc.I just had to tell all of you, as i think it is a great way of using this type of rest, and it feels great.I am using a bean bag that is scrupled into a ball then, i sit slightly stretched out and place my feet in the middle, not only does it feel great, it keeps your feet warm.This method it also easier to place under tables as well.It has even stopped my knee pains coming on, when they have been starting.Hope andrew approoves of this methodalun 
.Hi Andrew, I found keeping on top of your fluid intake makes a big difference when doing inclined bed therapy.Also i have gained a great deal by trying to understand the theory side of inclined bed therapy especially the observation that i had made yesterday and today.Yesterday, it was very hot and dry and i was particularly please with the way my vv looked, even to the point i ventured out on the evening with the dog with my shorts on, this has not happened since before i had them 15 years ago.However, the next day it was 94% humidity and overcast. This made a difference to the look of my varicose veins and i felt disappointed about this until i remembered about the humidity part of andrews theory on inclined bed therapy.This meant that i could understand that because i have only been on the ibt for 5 weeks my veins had reacted to the humidity in the air on that day, and i found this interesting to observe.In other words a understand of the theory have befitted me greatly as well as the ibt itself.This of course is thanks to Andrew, and the many questions he answers for me.thankyou alun
Happy belated birthday, Alun. Some stats for you, taken this morning but after a fair bit of activity, plus only two days after the chemo started and with a stack of anti-sickness pills in my system...BP 132/76 Pluse:82; Body Fat: 49.8%; Body Water: 35.0%; Body Muscle: 47.1%; Respiration 9 per min.Calves: Left 39cms; Right: 40cms.BTW - another potential film script title for consideration... 'Bed-Blockers (Anonymous)' - Suggested by the Pendraig and passed on at his request.