Having foot,ankle,leg and also sinus surgery on July 10th

By funnygirl98 Latest Reply 2014-08-31 01:08:08 -0500
Started 2014-07-04 09:41:42 -0500

I'm having a double surgery this week thursday, getting nervous cause I'll be on bed rest for the next few months. Any suggestions on how ro keep my bs's regulated during my time of healing?

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last of the red hot grandmas
last of the red hot grandmas 2014-08-31 01:08:08 -0500 Report

I am so sorry that you are going through so much. Will pray for successful surgery, minimal pain, and a quick recovery. I know that antibiotics and steroids increase blood sugar levels. (I had surgery in May.) I switched to fresh fruit, fresh veggies, and almonds and drank lots of water. I was able to get off insulin and onto Metformin and Tradgeta. They told me I wasn't eating enough in the hospital and that I should eat and adjust the insulin not adjust the food intake. But I was diagnosed as type 2 when I went into the E.R. I was afraid of doing something wrong. I really hope everything goes well for you.

Pynetree 2014-07-10 09:36:41 -0500 Report

Saying a prayer for you right now, and sending good healing thoughts! Stay Positive, you'll not only heal faster, you'll get better care, Nurses love to go into the happy, grateful, upbeat patients room!

Robin052 2014-07-09 20:48:09 -0500 Report

Hey sweetie…I will be thinking of you tomorrow…Please let us know how you are doing as soon as you can…We'll keep you busy online while you get better and make you laugh!!! <3

LeatherneckDave 2014-07-09 07:24:17 -0500 Report

Good luck with your surgeries. The best advice I can give you is to always have a positive attitude. Attitude is everything! The mind controls the body. People have survived cancer just on attitude. If you are determined to heal and be well right from the start, then your mind will make it happen.

Get well soon!! ;)

elainie 2014-07-07 01:12:23 -0500 Report

We will keep you in prayer and for fast healing. With all the inormation you have been given, I would like to add, take good probiotics with all the antibiotics the doctors give us we need to be one step ahead and ensure we are looking after our gut. I am sure you will come through this with flying colors. Blessings

mahjah 2014-07-06 22:39:21 -0500 Report

Hey—good luck to you! Of course the most important thing is to test test test. Next would be to keep healthy proteins and veggies and fruits on hand . And drink plenty of water.

KBLegg 2014-07-06 17:56:03 -0500 Report

Wish you the very best — please keep us updated when you are able to get back on-line.

Dark Sonja
Dark Sonja 2014-07-06 13:03:01 -0500 Report

Sometimes your bg will go up or down when you're ill no matter what you do. Just keep an eye on it, and make sure all your care personnel know about it. ie don't just tell the doctor but also every nurse, the dietician, aides, etc. that you are diabetic and to keep an eye on you. i think you'll do just fine. I'll be praying for you.

EasyLowCarb 2014-07-06 11:17:24 -0500 Report

Dr. Richard Bernstein has a form you can print and give to the hospital and medical professionals that instructs them on your diabetes care, and you can take matter into your own hands. Request low carb in the hospital and micro-manage your blood sugar as soon as you are able. Instruct your friends and family about your desire to keep your blood sugar normal and have them be on guard when you can't guard yourself!

funnygirl98 2014-07-06 11:23:28 -0500 Report

thank you all for ur information I appreciate everyones help;-) I'll update you all as soon as I am able to do so;-)

mamacst 2014-07-05 23:59:28 -0500 Report

Just remember there are a lot of people out here praying for you to get better real soon. Just remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-07-05 22:21:44 -0500 Report

Hey funnygirl,

Sorry to hear you are having all this at once. Please keep us posted on how you're doing as you approach the surgery date and afterwards. As you can see from all those responses, you have lots of concerned friends here. Including me.


Rose67 2014-07-05 14:37:11 -0500 Report

I will have you in my prayers. Have your BS taking when you are feeling anything abnormal. Always be asking questions. Keep your stress level low. Do what your doctors tell you. You will be fine.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-07-05 13:59:35 -0500 Report

OMG foot, ankle, leg and sinus that sucks (pardon my French). I had a steel plate and pins in my right foot, ankle, and leg after I broke it really bad. They said I wouldn't be able to walk for 8 months. Ha Ha I fooled them I was on crutches in 8 weeks and walking with a brace in 3 months. But that was before I was diagnosed with diabetes. What helped me was lots of prayers and determination. I wish you the best and you will be in my prayers every day. Please keep us informed of how you are doing.
Your Friend Trudie Ann

TopazDee 2014-07-05 13:00:42 -0500 Report

Wishing you all the best for your surgery and a very speedy recovery, know you must be worrying I am waiting for date to have ingrowing toenail removed and the thought of infection is scary.
Stay Safe xxx

SeaBeagle 2014-07-05 08:59:11 -0500 Report

Hi funnygirl..I wish you the best..Just do what your doctor says.. Remember stress increases your blood sugar. While you are in the hospital, you will probably be put on a sliding scale of insulin. Make sure if you take narcotic (pain medications) you take a stool softner. The bottle says that don't take more than so many days but take it until you stop your pain medication. That is one thing you do not need, constipation. When you come home..watch what you eat. count your carbs and try to be good to yourself. Please update us.. I will be sending you prayers for surgery and a speedy recovery.. Good Luck!! Mary

Anonymous 2014-07-04 22:16:19 -0500 Report

I've never had a surgery, but when i'm sick taking cinnamon supplements and eating more natural foods helps me regulate my blood sugar. Hope this helps :)

Firefly7 2014-07-04 21:35:36 -0500 Report

Oh funnygirl, this is all new to me! I pray all goes well with surgeries. And please share when you are up to it how you are coping. I have a feeling you might teach us a few things!!

Renee Blessed 117
Renee Blessed 117 2014-07-04 19:52:43 -0500 Report

Whenever I had to go to the hospital, I make a point of asking questions about my blood sugar levels and sometimes my levels required me to take insulin . Talk to Dr. And express your concerns before and after surgery. Get some diabetic snacks before.

WestMoon88 2014-07-04 19:13:41 -0500 Report

You're gonna do great no worries the nervousness is always gonna be there. The b.s. will mostly be based on your daily routine from the healing like the kind of medicines you may have to take for pain and antibiotics. Hope you have a quick recovery :-)

karen7t2 2014-07-04 17:44:43 -0500 Report

Praying for a Safe surgery and I really don't know what yo can do other than eat in moderation. I would tell you Dr. about your concerns.
I know that's not much help but I will be thinking about you.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-04 17:10:46 -0500 Report

Having just had surgery, my doctor advised me to keep my blood sugar as close to my normal range as possible. If it is too high or too low they might post pone the surgery. The first few days after surgery, don't worry too much about carbs because you may not want to eat foods until you begin to feel better. With me I had so much pain medication in me, all I could eat was Jello, pudding or ice cream. I didn't try to eat a thing.

When you are able to eat full meals eat what you normally would eat but watch the calories. If you are not active the calories will cause you to gain weight. You can stick to what you normally would eat while trying to maintain your blood sugar. My blood sugar the morning of my surgery was 90. That was the first thing they checked. They won't take your word for it. The next two days my blood sugar ranged from between 90 and 120 which is my normal range.

Even though you are nervous try to relax because nerves can raise blood sugar. Call your doctor and ask what your carbs should be the morning of the surgery. That may help. By the way ask your doctor to prescribe a stool softener or laxative because pain medications cause constipation. I found that out Sunday afternoon after having to go to the ER for extreme constipation. ER Doc said pain meds are notorious for causing constipation.

Spend time reading or listening to music and doing things of interest as you recover. Good Luck with your surgery.

ocracokedreamer 2014-07-04 16:06:31 -0500 Report

Wishing you the best with your surgery, As many have already suggested, keep carbs low by eating lots of fresh fruit and vegies. Watch your starches. Keep track of your blood sugar too. Take care and get well soon!!

Glucerna 2014-07-04 14:38:30 -0500 Report

Often we focus on what we can't do in situations like bed rest. It's more helpful and less stressful to think about what we CAN do: read books we've been meaning to get to, watch favorite funny movies, talk with friends on the phone or Skype, get involved with a non-active hobby, chat on diabeticconnect, etc. :) ~Lynn @Glucerna

MsEvansInCA 2014-07-04 14:09:55 -0500 Report

OMG, no wonder you're nervous! You'll have to keep your carbs VERY low in order to keep those bg numbers low. And eating too much, even too much good stuff, will get those levels higher than you want. Sip on ice water all day to keep your mouth busy (w/o food) and play games on your phone or laptop to keep yourself busy. Tell your friends you want lots of company and not to bring food with them. Read. Keep your mind off of pasta. Don't worry about exercising for now. Just keep those carbs as low as you can. GL! Keep us posted! XOXO

lindainJapan 2014-07-04 13:42:21 -0500 Report

I found that my appetite went down from the yucky nausea of sedation so I had low blood sugars in the hospital. So rare. I had to set aside my aspic not jello, consommé, hummus and almond butter goodies and drink sugary eggnogs to try and up my bgs. At one point I seemed to plummet and came to to find a big IV of sucrose dripping into one arm and a doctor injecting glucose by needle into the opposite arm and a whole gang of nurses and doctors around my bed looking worried. The one with the best English comforted me with "you almost died." to which I responded groggily, but I didn't. Thanks. Hospitals are good for that. Well sometimes. IWishing you safe prayerfully.

Nick1962 2014-07-04 13:39:24 -0500 Report

Having had the sinus surgery, I’m pulling for you – that ain’t fun, but only for two days or so. After 8 weeks out with back surgery, I’d say lay in a good supply of proteins like almonds, peanut butter, hard boiled eggs, beef and turkey jerky, even low sodium broths if you have a hard time - stuff that your cells need to repair. Also, plenty of fiber too, you’ll find out why.
Best of luck!

Robin052 2014-07-04 12:39:00 -0500 Report

First of all, take a deep breath. What is the surgery for? Even though you won't be able to workout, you can still keep your sugar under control by diet. I only workout every once in a while and do the rest by watching what I eat. You can also do some great exercises in bed!

imjohn 2014-07-04 11:38:17 -0500 Report

Avoid the hospital food if possible (typical Macaroni and cheese, Lime jello; White dinner roll; milk) and see if they will let a friend bring you some fresh low-glycemic veggies.

dorita159 2014-07-04 11:35:15 -0500 Report

First off, sending prayers your way. Secondly, in order to keep your BS under control, continue to eat REALLY healthy, drink lots of water, and take meds on time diligently. Also, there are a TON of exercises that can be done from the comfort of a chair or bed (Google "exercise for people on bed rest" or something such as that). Praying for a speedy recover for you.

Rose67 2014-07-04 11:32:45 -0500 Report

I will be sending you prayers. You have been given good advice, and I agree with them. Bead rest is boring, but necessary. Watch movies, read, and listen to music helped me through my surgeries, and help with the stress.

Rudy39001 2014-07-04 11:30:39 -0500 Report

Hey girl sounds like you have received a bunch of good tips you will also be in my prayers . I will be having foot surgery on the 28th not nearly as much as you please stay positive God bless

BogeyGolfer 2014-07-04 11:30:28 -0500 Report

Like others have said , monitoring is key.. I had some minor surgery and my Dr. said control of my BS was a key to faster recovery.. God Bless You and your team of medical personnel..

robintellis 2014-07-04 10:32:26 -0500 Report

You will be in my prayers. I am new to diabetes. But others have given you great suggestions. God will take care of you.

Type1Lou 2014-07-04 10:27:01 -0500 Report

Test more often to make sure you control your BG's as best you can…the surgery, stress and inactivity may cause them to be higher than usual. Wishing you well and a speedy recovery!

luxmi1952 2014-07-04 10:09:12 -0500 Report

Best wishes to you. Dont worry everything will be fine. Soon like to hear from you after surgery. I have also unsergone 6 to 7 surgeries. Nearly 4 surgeries major. I am ok with GOD'grace.I will pray for you. GOD will take care of you. Regards

RebDee 2014-07-04 10:07:28 -0500 Report

OMG, they are getting you from both ends at the same time. WOW!! You may be on bed rest but keep yourself busy with wiggling toes, moving legs by making circles, move arms and hands, neck and remember to stick out your tongue to stress. Read good books, watch tv, talk on the phone, invite friends to visit or to make you a meal. I would tell you to do all of these things even if you did not have Diabetes, but especially because you do have Diabetes and must keep it under control you must keep your stress level down and your physical activity as much as possible. I will keep you on my prayer list my new friend.

jigsaw 2014-07-04 10:05:07 -0500 Report

Here is what I would do! I would definitely restrict my carbs more than usual. Especially while you are healinjg, and not that active. If your bg seems to still be high, discuss it with your doctor.

Sounds like your doing from your nose, almost to your toes! I hope all goes well, and I wish you the best!

Pynetree 2014-07-04 10:04:57 -0500 Report

One important thing is to get enough Protein every day - protein promotes healing. So if you aren't eating as much, make sure you keep your protein levels up.
Wishing you smooth, speedy healing!

GabbyPA 2014-07-04 09:58:51 -0500 Report

Wow, from head to toe, literally. First off I will be thinking of you and praying for a quick recovery. That sounds like a lot to deal with.
Bed rest drives me nuts, so I have to have a lot of good books ready to read. Do your best to follow the bed rest rules, it's tempting not to, but bed rest helps you heal faster.

Your levels might run high at first, but as you get better, your body will need less energy to keep healing and then things may calm down. I know we want to have good numbers, but sometimes our bodies need that extra. Just don't let it get too high. Keep water near by as a good friend and maybe watch the carb intake a little more, as you will not be able to exercise it down.

You have family that is able to take care of you at home, right? Make sure they know what to do if you get too high or too low. Then you can focus on getting better.

NaoV1 2014-07-04 10:12:23 -0500 Report

I agree with Gabby. Also, I have been told by a few surgeons (as I may be going under later myself) to MAKE SURE your BS is under 200 before ANY procedures are done that day. Try to eat a great balanced meal before midnight before all of this fun kicks in and after it does, just stay on your sugar and check it often. If you stay overnight at the hospital, you will see what they give you to eat and have an idea. You may start off with easy stuff like soups or light things (jello in the like), no big carbs like your breads, juices, etc. Remember, everything in moderation Picture yourself breathing great and getting around just fine after all these surgeries and you will see that you can do it! Prayers for a fast healing!! <3

Copperchef 2014-07-04 09:57:08 -0500 Report

Check with your Doc about Physical therapy before you leave the hospital. That department should be able to give you some pointers on exercises that you can do while on bed rest that your doctor would deem safe to do. Even small simple exercises can help you manage your BS better.

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