By appendix cancer survivor, Warren
Appendix Cancer survivor, Warren share three suggestions for recuperation techniques that he learned from his own experience while recuperating from surgery. As a husband and father of two young children, Warren placed high expectations on himself to “bounce back” quickly, but gradually learned that patience is needed, and helpful, while the body heals and stamina is gradually replenished! Warren shares the following suggestions
Educate Yourself about Your Specific Nutritional Needs
While hospitalized and recuperating from CRS with HIPEC, the hospital dietician provided me with a variety of pamphlets nutrition for cancer patients.
After I was discharged, I met with another dietician near my home, whose advice and diet pamphlets weren’t entirely consistent with what the hospital dietician gave me. Instead of following one dietician’s advice, I followed both which resulted in daily menu changes for my Caregivers and confused everyone, including myself!
Realizing this wasn’t a sound approach, I contacted Gabriella at PMP Pals’ Network to discuss post-operative and ileostomy appropriate diets. She showed me a couple of examples of diets, specifically for the needs of patients like myself, as listed on the Nutrition page on www.pmpals.org and I focused on one that eventually worked for me - the Malabsorption Diet!
Be Patient with Yourself during the Recuperation Process
I knew that it was going to take a number of months to get back to 80% of my previous strength and stamina but I felt guilty and frustrated when I couldn’t do things such as shovel the snow in my driveway and had to depend on my neighbors for that task. My guilt was reinforced when my wife did all the household chores after working a full day.
I fixated on what I couldn’t do instead of appreciating the small daily joys of recovery, such as being able to walk a bit longer than the day before!
Take a Daily Nap!
Naps were (and still are) critical to my recovery. When I returned home from the hospital I initially napped for two or more hours each day. After a few weeks I began to resent the time spent napping, I thought that I should be doing productive activities and that my body shouldn’t still require long naps. I started limiting my naps to an hour or less but that difference stalled my recovery.
Once I accepted that my body required (and enjoyed) a long afternoon nap, I put my recovery back on track!
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