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You lot are likely sick of my posts😏. I'm sorry if that's the case. This is how I cope. I thought after AML Leukeamia I'd be done with very serious health issues...anyway posting seems to help my anxiety.
I've been out of hospital since Friday evening, and this is what I've learned in no certain order.
1.) We all heal differently.
2.) I bleed like a sive at first. I was terrified by the blood covered fecal particulate, and blood in the water. The blood gradually ceased--yours will too. In fact it may come and go for weeks as my doc told me. Believe your physician.
3.) Walk your arse off.
4.) Use the breathing doohickey they gave you to avoid pneumonia. I inhale into it at minimum 5x an hour.
5.) Stay on top of your pain management. Don't worry about constipation at this point. You can always treat that with Miralax down the road. My advice is stay AWAY from laxatives that aren't very gentle.
6.) Call your doc if you're concerned about anything--even if your doc acts annoyed. Who cares, You're paying him a fortune for his services. Surgeons can be right pr*cos at times. Ignore them if they become a bit cheeky.
7.) Rest a lot!
8.) Drink loads of water.
9.) Stay on a low residue diet for at minimum a month. Don't rush it!!!
10.) Wear your binder when attempting a poo. It really, really HELPS.
11.) Here's a BIG one...Do NOT eat high fat ice cream. Do NOT eat chocolate. I made a chocolate Shake for my lunch yesterday. Epic failure. I was in the loo at least 20x between noon and 7pm.
12.) If you're going to eat dairy, don't eat a lot. I'd honestly say eat it sparingly.
13.) Don't get up suddenly, don't sit down quickly. Have someone help you when getting out and in cars.
14.) Potatoes are your friend.
15.) Dinner rolls are your friend.
16.) White pasta with butter is your friend.
17.) Keep stress levels low.
18.) Only deal with supportive folk in your life.
19.) Have a good cry.
20.) Have a positive attitude.
Thanks for listening.
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