Staying Hydrated Is the Key to Recovery SuccessErik Burns
Make People Better understands that the success of your recovery depends on how prepared you are at home. There are several key categories with things you can do to make your recovery a success.
Important things to have:
- Access to WiFi – it is a must!
- Access to a smartphone so you can text and send pictures.
- Phone numbers for your providers including your pharmacist (TIP – ask for their back office number).
- Email address for your providers.
- Cell phone number for your provider is really a plus. Many times a provider will have a cell phone that you can text information to ask questions. Often they don’t always offer, but if you ask they usually give you one.
- A list of all your medications including supplements (TIP – try to keep all your prescriptions at one pharmacy).
- A copy of your discharge instructions.
- A copy of any teaching information you were given.
- Get a calendar and write down important follow up appointments and exercise routines you were given.
- Have a list of at least 5 people you can call for help. Notify them that you are recovering and you may need their help.
- Get the app for Uber or Lyft just in case you need a quick ride.
- Blood pressure cuff
- Pulse oximetry monitor
- Reliable scales
Prepare your environment
- Make sure your home environment is clean, clear of clutter, and you have personal support.
- Remove small throw rugs – you would be surprised how many people trip over rugs.
- Borrow/rent/purchase a walker if needed– you will be weaker than you think.
- Have clean sheets on your bed.
- Put a phone charger next to your bed.
What to eat and drink
- Having all your food and drinks prepared and ready the first 2 weeks are key (TIP – most grocery stores deliver).
- Because all medications cause nausea, you should eat small portions frequently.
- Having a small amount of food in your stomach at all times can help. This can be as simple as a few crackers.
- Freshly prepared soups are great, just keep a large pot in the fridge. Bone broth soup is an easy go-to and full of nutrition. Here is a great recipe.
- Steel cut oats are another good choice. Oatmeal really does stick to your gut!
- Breakfast for dinner works when you are recovering. Nothing gets an appetite going like bacon, and even a cardiologist will agree that a little bacon will not hurt.
- Your body is busy recovering. Do not eat large or hard-to-digest food. You do not want to re-route too much blood and oxygen to the gut.
- Fruits and vegetables are preferred over meat. Staying hydrated is the key to your success.
If you are not able to drink enough water, then you can purchase an over-the-counter hydration supplement. Of course we recommend re:iimmune. It is our favorite hydration and immune support supplement. Mix 1 packet into 2 cups of water, stir it up, add ice, sip on it throughout the day, and check out the difference it makes!