Taking naps – long ones!

If you are recovering from surgery take long naps in the morning and again the afternoon lying down in your bed so you are not disturbed.  If you wake up during the night because of this, get yourself some hot milk or hot water (I can’t believe how nicely it works!) to sooth you and read something bland (you don’t want your mind to speed up) until you feel sleepy again.  Your body needs rest to heal.  I found I slept for an hour or two during the morning and again in the afternoon, went to bed around 8 or 9, woke up anywhere between 1 and 4 am, read for awhile and then slept some more.  The first week is when you do a ton of healing and it also when you (hopefully!) can stay home from work, sleep a lot and just pay attention to yourself.

In everyday life, my sister and I swear by little naps, we are sure they keep us sane.  Take 10 minutes around 4:30 or 5, put your feet up on your desk, close your eyes and just try to go blank.  I set a timer so I am not afraid of falling deeply asleep.  That little bit of time relaxes and rests our minds and bodies. It helps wonderfully to make the rest of the day and the evenings activities more pleasant.  Let your children, neighbors, loved ones, work associates, unless they are Attila the Hun types in which case you have my sympathy, know that you take a break this way, it is your time and they are not allowed to interrupt you. Most people will respect that request.  Your kids might resent it at first, but when they see that Mom is so much happier after her nap, they’ll probably protect your time for you…  maybe?

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A few more tips on planning for your surgery

Drink plenty of water the day before your surgery so you don’t get dehydrated.  You won’t be able to eat or drink anything after midnight, so make sure to drink plenty the day before.

Oh, that ½ gallon of milk or juice?  Get a quart size; you will be able to pick that up easily.

I cleaned my house before I went in for surgery.  Get your family or boy/girlfriends to help you. It’s really nice to have a fresh bed to climb into.  If you are lucky enough to have cleaning help, ask them to make your whole house sparkling clean.

Practice deep slow breathing – it helps you to relax.  If you are uncomfortable either mentally or physically, slow deep breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth about 10 times will calm your mind and lessen the tension in your body.  Be cautious not to breath that way for too long, you might get light headed.

OH, big one here, if you tense up, your muscles will contract and cause greater discomfort, so try to be relaxed (really – you can do it)

These ideas are just from me who’s been there.  For a TON of medical advice, there are lots of great cancer sites at www.breastcancerbuddy.com on the “For Men” page.

Drink Plenty of Water

Drink plenty of water.  Your skin will be clearer, your plumbing will work more smoothly and your organs will say thank you!  Some of those treats you love may need some help getting through your system and water provides that help.

If you have had surgery, water will flush anesthesia out of your system and you will feel much better without that stuff floating around in you.

Lastly, drinking plenty of water really does help vaginal dryness.

That’s it for today!

 

A few more tips on planning for your surgery

Drink plenty of water the day before your surgery so you don’t get dehydrated.  You won’t be able to eat or drink anything after midnight, so make sure to drink plenty the day before.

Oh, that ½ gallon of milk or juice?  Get a quart size; you will be able to pick that up easily.

I cleaned my house before I went in for surgery.  Get your family or boy/girlfriends to help you. It’s really nice to have a fresh bed to climb into.  If you are lucky enough to have cleaning help, ask them to make your whole house sparkling clean.   I sure wish there was prescription for this!

Practice deep slow breathing – it helps you to relax.  If you are uncomfortable either mentally or physically, slow deep breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth about 10 times will calm your mind and lessen the tension in your body.  Be cautious not to breath that way for too long, you might get light headed.

OH, big one here, if you tense up, your muscles will contract and cause greater discomfort, so try to be relaxed (really – you can do it)

These ideas are just from me who’s been there.  For a TON of medical advice, there are lots of great cancer sites at www.breastcancerbuddy.com on the “For Men” page.