Routine – life after surgery is all about Routine.
- Medications – You have medication to take at 8am and then injections to take at 8am and 10am – for the first two weeks.
- Food – You have to plan regular meals and snacks and also manage not drinking 30 minutes before and after eating
- Exercise – You have to make sure you are doing gentle excercise and also stay near a loo for any emergencies.
Day one was the first time I was responsible for all of this so Ive documented how I did below.
The day started out with my injection. These really arent the big deal that I made out in my head but I do like to get them out of the way. I then have to take a gastro resistant tablet that sits under your tongue and dissolves.
I follow this with the first of 2 dissolved items. The lemon flavoured calcium powder is nice and refreshing so I use this to wash down both my iron and my blood pressure pills. once Ive finished this I set up my soluble multivitamin and mineral pill which is fruits of the forest flavour I think.
I then have to crush 2 metformin (for my diabetes) which no matter how I try and take these make me gag – I literally hate the taste and must talk to my doctor about a different way of taking them.
Lastly there is pain relief – Ive been incredibly lucky that I havent experienced huge amounts of pain (for me it was more discomfort) but I did make sure to take the dissolvable cocodomol after everything else and had my voltarol at night (don’t ask how thats taken!!) I only took these once a day but everyone is different.
Breakfast Breakfast was easy – half a protein weetabix with milk and a drizzle of sugar free maple syrup I ordered online to enhance the taste. 30 minutes later (I use the timer on my watch) i had a nice milky coffee with sugar free caramel syrup. After a lifetime of being a savoury person it turns out for the next month or so breakfast is now a sweet affair.
Lunch was Lentil and Bacon soup – half a tin with extra cheese grated on (top tip get one of those micro-graters to grate your cheese really fine, it dissolves much quicker) This was nice and had lots of protein and as I really wasn’t up to doing any cooking got me through day one.
I sipped water throughout the day and had a cheese square for morning snack – it probably wasnt enough but it filled a gap. In the afternoon I had a TBS of Hummus and a Lime Jelly (at different times.) with coffee, tea and water sipped throughout the afternoon. Im really weird/lucky is that after years in HR I’m used to drinking cold tea and coffee so don’t waste any. In the evening after dinner I had some yogurt with a tsp of cashew nut butter (which is a complete find!!)
Dinner was Fishpie with mushy peas on the side. I grated in cheese to this and added lots of seasoning and vinegar to the mushy peas. This was exactly what I needed but next time I would definitely NOT mix the mash into the fishpie mix and would have them separately.
I found this the biggest challenge on day one. I walked around a bit but when hubby suggested walking the dog I stayed at home. I decided that the next day I was going to take a 10 minute walk minimum to keep things moving.