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.