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Items I Wished I Had Bought for My Tummy Tuck
Hindsight is 20/20. Here is a list of each of the items that my husband had to run out and buy for me every time I ran into a problem after my surgery.
Saline Enema for constipation
Ricola Lemon Mint Cough Drops to help reduce coughing
Benadryl Dye-Free Liqui-Gels to aid sleep and reduce airway inflammation
Lemonade, which he heated and I drank to help break up phlegm
Arnica Montana that can aid swelling, muscle soreness and bruising
And I wished I had rented a walker
Tip: You DO NOT want to be constipated after abdominal surgery. I can't stress that enough. You don't want to cough or sneeze either! The pain is unbelieveable, plus you don't want to strain your abdominal muscles.
It turned out that the Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein Powder caused me to produce phlegm -- even when mixed with only water. So I wished I had bought instead Syntrax Nectar Whey Protein Isolate Roadside Lemonade, which may have been a better choice. A scoopful can be mixed with just a tablespoon or less of water to form a taffy-like concoction that can be eaten. I make this assumption because it turned out that, after my tummy tuck, to drink dairy or orange juice caused me to produce phlegm, which always led to cough. However, to eat dairy products like cottage cheese and to eat citrus fruit such as pineapple did not. So I assume the taffy concoction made from Syntrax would not have caused me to produce phlegm.
Food to Buy
I took the advice of Dr. David L. Katz, director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, who advises to have meals and snacks feature fish, chicken, eggs, and almonds -- foods rich in amino acids to help wounds heal faster. So, I stocked my pantry with these. You also can stock up on brown rice, walnuts, and sunflower seeds. And plenty of water, of course!
I purchased nutritious foods that would be simple to prepare. We are in the process of relocating out of state as I mentioned earlier, so I did not want my husband to stop packing in order to cook time-consuming meals. The point is, I suggest you buy what you like as long as it is super healthy! You'll want to help your body through this healing phase by providing the best nutrition possible. A few items on my shopping list were:
Organic, free-range eggs and chicken
Raw organic cheese
Organic Greek yogurt (you can mix protein powder into it)
Organic mint tea
Organic chicken broth
Fresh fruit - pineapple is thought to help healing
Organic roast deli turkey
Packaged Albacore tuna
And remember your vitamins and supplements!
I Made it!
I am still amazed how everything came together in perfect timing and without a hitch. Before I knew it, I was in the OR. I actually began writing this article the evening of my surgery on April 18th from my bed at the rehabilitation center.
Living life well-fed,
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Published On: April 28, 2013