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Getting Back to Normal

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A follow up with my dad's surgeon says he's healing very well. No sign of infection at all. She again emphasized that he needs to eat lots of protein and yogurt to continue healing. My dad says he doesn't like yogurt, so I'm going to buy probiotic supplements for him instead. My parents would probably buy the sugary yogurt crap anyway, so I'd rather he take the supplements.

I'm feeling much better after meeting with the surgeon. I should be able to go home as planned next week.

I admit I'm a little surprised after meeting with the doctors. As you know, I've become very wary of Western medicine and 'conventional' wisdom regarding nutrition. My dad's doctors and nurses are exceptionally well informed, and I haven't found myself disagreeing with them at all. The surgeon and nurses recommended plenty of protein and very little sugar or starches. They didn't recommend limiting fat at all; fat that comes naturally with the protein is fine.

Exactly what I've been saying.

So I'm wondering if it's the doctors that are pushing the meds, or the patients. It's concerning to me to see people who would rather take pills than exercise or throw away the Debbie Cakes. My dad has thrown away the sugary treats since my last visit, so I feel a lot better about that.

My dad lost weight and healed nicely eating more protein, vegetables, and calories. It's kind of an alien concept these days that eating more protein and calories will make us healthier. My dad has to take his vitals every day as part of his followup. His blood pressure and blood glucose levels are all within excellent ranges. The glowing praise from the doctors and nurses are making my parents feel reassured.

Eating more protein will NOT lead to high cholesterol or high blood pressure as long as they aren't accompanied by high glycemic foods. Protein and fat do not cause blood glucose to rise; high glycemic carbs do. This is the main concept that I've emphasized.

Poor compliance rates in taking medications might also lead to the misconception that certain diets or meds would work, if only people would take it.

The studies I've read all show very poor clinical results with cholesterol lowering medications. Yet statins are currently the top selling medication in North America. I wonder why that is. Is it because doctors believe their patients aren't following the directions?

Any disruption in my schedule usually leads me to fall off track and gain weight. I've done well since I've been here, though. I haven't been getting a lot of exercise. I've taken a few walks around the block, but I've mainly been busy shuttling my parents between nurses and doctors. I've lost 2 lbs. I don't know if it's due to the stress, though!

My dad has an appointment with a cardiologist today, which is the last major followup. If this all checks out, then it's back to the normal routine.
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    I'm glad everything is working out! Your father is lucky to have such capable medical staff on his case! I agree, I am very weary of Wester Medicine, too!
    1818 days ago
  • KELPIE57
    Glad so much is going well.
    1831 days ago
    Good news about your Dad.
    1832 days ago
    Great news, good to hear the doctors and nurses support the food he's getting now.

    I get my kefir at Trader Joes, good price, plain kefir, I have that almost every morning with a little granola and fresh fruit. Yum!

    I think doctors tend to push pills because it's easier takes less time, and for the greater patient population will end up with better compliance than asking patients to eat better, since most people don't want to give up their processed foods without a fight. Not saying if a person wants to eat better they shouldn't do that, just that doctors have a limited amount of time for patient visits, given the current system here, and they have to use that time as best they can.
    1832 days ago
  • BILL60
    Sounds super on the home front. The best to your Dad.
    1833 days ago
    So glad to hear it's going well out there!!!

    I had to do the filial duty with my dad in his later years, flying back to CA from NY on his occasional crises. It was tough. It sounds like you're doing great, and I'm happy to hear that everyone is open to your experience and advice.

    1833 days ago
    Congrats I'll bet that's a big relief to the whole family! You're dad's lucky to have you around and to have a doc that seems to know his stuff and doesn't just parrot back what the AMA says!
    1833 days ago
    Congraulations on your achievements with your parents. Glad to hear that Dad is doing better. I wish I could get such co-operation with my mother. emoticon
    1833 days ago
    How wonderful ! Glad to hear your father is do so well. Must be because of the excellent care he gets from his personal chef !

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    Do you think your dad my like Keffir ? He might not like the consistency of yogurt, but perhaps he might like the Keffir which is more like a smoothy. He could even make a fruit smoothy with it. that might work for him.

    I actually found a grocery store that sells Keffir for CHEAP. $2.89 !! and that's not on sale.
    1833 days ago
    Glad that he's on the mend.

    Part of why I chose my doctor is that he never started an appointment with his prescription pad out, but gave you the healthy advice first. After 15 years with him though, I can see that his patients are wearing him down, and he's much more of a pill pusher than before.
    1833 days ago
    I'm so glad th hear things are going well... and that your Dad has such great medical care. RE: "I'm wondering if it's the doctors that are pushing the meds, or the patients."

    ...my doctors are med pushers and are not at all interested in hearing anything that contradicts conventional wisdom... and it's all cut the fat, cut the fat, cut the fat.

    I am still searching for those doctors that will work with me instead of against me and my desire to be strong and healthy without resorting to medication before doing anything else (like finding out what broke in the first place).

    Be well, Cathy!
    1833 days ago
    That is so good to hear that he is doing so much better. Way to go!!!
    1833 days ago
    Sounds wonderful!

    My mom does the same thing with yogurt. She only buys the ones with something like 20 g of added sugar and that granola crap on it.
    1833 days ago
    I am so glad that your father is doing so well! Good news that you like and agree with the doctors too. I'll bet you will be glad to get back to your own routine but good for you keeping up with your good eating habits...it must be nice to know that it is becoming a way of life for you now. I am really happy for you and your dad!
    1833 days ago
    I had RNY and was worried about eating all the extra protein, but it hasn't raised my cholesterol either. It actually lowered.
    1833 days ago
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