I have had a few questions from readers who were about to do the procedure, but who were extremely nervous. My response is always the same. Focus on getting ready. It will take your mind off things. So I thought I would do a post on how I got ready.
At my highest I was 174 lbs (using my scale, not the ridiculous doctor's scale, that has us all weighing 20 pounds more :)
I was worried about losing weight post surgery, and having my boobs deflate. So I amped up my exercise regimen. I started doing Jillian Michaels' workouts (many options on YouTube.). At the point of surgery, I was doing BodyShred weeks 1-8. I dare any of you, to do week 7 from beginning to end. I barely survived it.
I focused a lot on the upper body - Jillians Michaels loooooooves push ups (can't stand her :) I thought if I had some muscle in the chest area, it would help in terms of post surgery outcome and to burn some of the excess breast fat.
I did "shred" the weight. I am now 128 pounds (Dr Song and his silly scale would have me at 141). But most importantly it took my mind off the procedure. I had a new focus (completing Body Shred week 7), so it kind of distracted me from surgery .........until I got to Atlanta.
Most of us are already on some form of supplement. The problem is, most multivitamins contain Vitamin E, which is a blood thinner and which has to be discontinued before surgery. So we have to cease taking the multivitamin altogether, although it contains OTHER nutrients that our bodies need for the surgery - a case of throwing the baby out with the bath water.
So what do we do, do we go out and purchase separate tablets for each nutrient that is required? Remember too many pills is not good for the liver. So I focused on substitutes.
PROTEIN LOADING (wound healing - it repairs tissues).
Instead of getting a medicinal supplement, I bought protein shakes (Walmart has 12 packs), ate a lot of meat and fish, yoghurt, eggs and of course, peanuts which I am addicted to.
It's not complicated ladies. I just had eggs for breakfast, a shake and yoghurt (probiotic) for lunch pre and post surgery, and a salad with some form of meat/fish and lots of vegetables (mostly dark green leafy vegetables and tomato) for dinner.
VITAMIN C - (wound healing and for the immune system).
I took vitamin c tablets because I wanted to expedite wound healing as much as possible, and fight off infections. I also had fruits that are rich in vitamin c throughout the day - oranges, mangoes (I am from the Caribbean, so could pick these off trees), blue berries, straw berries and cantaloupe. Vitamin C is also in vegetables (kale, spinach etc) which form part of my salad for dinner.
I have read where some ladies were taking vitamin c supplements with 1000mg daily. Our bodies cannot absorb it, so I don't think you need to do that. Just get a basic vitamin c supplement and snack on fruits (and peanuts :) throughout the day.
ZINC (good for slow wound healing).
I also took a supplement for this (everyday for first 2 weeks, and then alternate days). You can also have foods rich in zinc - beef, pork, chicken kale, some seafoods, nuts.
So basically, the same foods you take for protein.
VITAMIN B and A
I saw where a few posters also took these supplements. Vitamin A and B help in maintaining immune system health (fighting off infections). And since zinc and vitamin c accomplish the same thing, I didn't feel the need to take these.
Plus remember ladies, these vitamins are found in meat , fish, vegetables and fruits. So if you are already eating right, there is really no need for all these extra supplements. (My opinion anyway).
lots and lots. (I tried to drink more than a liter per day)
I did a lot of research on foods rich in certain nutrients. Because I didn't want to take a lot of pills. Remember, we will have to take pills post surgery for pain, blood clot, anxiety etc. So I did a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. I have already told you what my menu was under "PROTEIN".
I Just stocked up on the fruits and foods I knew were good for certain things and snacked on them throughout the day.
I talk a lot about Walmart, because there was one walking distance from where I was staying. They sold salads (sea food and chicken) which made my life easier. I has a salad each night for dinner.
This is a side effect from the pain meds.
Trust me, if you eat, as I suggested above (fruits, vegetables, water and probiotics), YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE THIS PROBLEM. I went regularly, everyday, without missing a day. It will save you from taking extra medicine from constipation. Add bananas to the menu. It helps to move things along :)