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My pre-op list of supplements NOT to take include ginger and garlic, but does that mean don't EAT these things as well? I'm going on vacation, so it will be hard to know if there is garlic or ginger in my food. But I don't want any reason for my surgery to be post-poned because of something I ate. I have stopped all vitamins and supplements as of today and only taking my birth control pills. Thanks.
Yes, I agree, just stop supplements. It should be fine in food.
I have a clove of garlic daily which I put in my juicer with the rest of the veggies. I definitely stopped doing that prior to surgery. But far as garlic that would be in food as a seasoning, I would not worry.
I just talked to the hospital nurse for my pre-surgery assessment and she said garlic and ginger in food is fine. The supplements are VERY concentrated, so that's why there is a difference. I am happy to hear that I can continue taking my birth control pills (wouldn't want any slip-ups now!) and my Lunesta pills, which I will need to sleep leading up to surgery for sure! And anxiety meds if I need them. I put a big sign on my vitamins that says "Don't Take!"
Make sure you divvy it up. I am not sure how much Vitamin C the body absorbs at once but it may only be 500mg. I can't remember now but I think that's right. Meaning the rest will be wasted (and you'll see it in the toilet with very yellow pee!). So you want to divide it up through the day to actually get as close to that much as you can. Don't buy anything that gives that much in one pill. I took (and always take) 4 tablets a day, each 500mg.
Thanks for telling me that...I didn't know! I just got back from Trader Joe's and bought the chewable tablets (they are huge) 500mg and I was going to take 4 per day. Now I know to take them throughout the day. Thanks!
I must have a lenient doctor! He said I could continue my vitamins till the night before surgery. I did take some additional arnica because I knew I would bruise more because of it. I started right back on them as soon as I got home from the hospital. I take pharmaceutical grade supplements and lots of them (16 pills total a day). I was afraid if I stopped my energy level would be really low. I was actually surprised my 1st week post op to be so tired even with my supplements. I think those post surgery drugs really contributed to that.
I also had no restrictions on diet but my doctor did ask me to eat light the week before surgery. He said it would allow him stitch my muscles tighter if my stomach wasn't bulging. He said he had a patient who ate a big steak dinner the night before surgery and it prevented him from getting her really tight.
Anyway, it is best to follow your doctors advice. I just wouldn't get too freaked about small amounts of spices in foods the week before surgery.
Oh, maybe they won't affect you this way Cupcake, but for many people, including me, vitamin C can keep me from sleeping well if I take it at night. I take my last around 6:00 - 7:00pm for good measure. You may not have the problem, but it is not a fun night to test it if you do. Restless. Don't notice it if you are up, but when trying to sleep you might.
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