The suture from my ankle surgery has been healing slowly and apparently fighting infection.
Though my orthopedic surgeon prescribes antibiotics initially as prevention right after the surgery, she added a new one after my first post-op exam culture indicated infection.
So she is addressing the infection, but hasn’t said a whole lot about the healing process, nor really addressed what I can do or should be doing to assist the process. I asked specifically if there is anything I can do in terms of diet and nutrition.
She said slow healing can be caused by sugar, but even though I am not diabetic I should “watch the sugars” because infections feed on that. Stick to fruits for sweets instead of sugary desserts but limit that too.
At the rehab center, I learned that building and maintaining strength is very important, but no one mentioned diet and nutrition for healing. I think there could be more information offered in that area because we do heal from the inside, and what we put in (and on) our bodies affects everything.
I am lucky that I have access to a visiting nurse (and PT/OTs), and so I threw that question out to her, as well as asked about covered wound healing vs. letting it air out to dry. She said that she could tell when her patients were eating more protein because wound healing was happening faster, and this she confirmed by asking them if they were getting more protein that week.
So today, that is my goal to increase protein intake (How much protein do I need? Protein: 40-65 grams/day) and reduce sugars (taking into consideration the sugar/carb factor).
I’m also going to look at “lifestyle diet” changes, starting with The Mediterranean Diet. I think I could live off hummus and chips for at least one meal a day, and it’s so yummy and versatile!
I hear many excellent things about a plant-based diet, but a complete transition is not likely to happen anytime soon, where incorporating more plant-based meals might actually be more realistic for us, as a family (of two).
Tonight, tuna casserole for dinner (2017 Tuna Shopping Guide), easy on the noodles.