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Paleo and quadruple bypass surgery

Answered on January 07, 2014
Created January 07, 2014 at 12:20 AM

My husband is scheduled for a quadruple bypass next week.We started eating Paleo about 20 months ago. I lost 60 pounds. My husband went off his statin and most of his medications (He's 74. I'm 61.) His doctor was astounded by how far his cholesterol went down on Paleo, but recently, his cholesterol elevated a bit, so his doctor sent him for a routine stress test which was halted a few minutes into the test. He was told he's at very high risk for a heart attack and sent the next day for an angioplasty. That procedure was not completed, and no stent was put in since he showed blockage of 70, 80 and 90% in his arteries. He was referred for cardiac surgery. We are quite sure that the dietitians in the hospital will put him on jello and yucky bullion. I plan to make him some nourishing bone broth, but we are worried about how to deal with the dietitians in the hospital over his 5-7 day stay. Any research out there about Paleo and heart surgery and recovery? My husband was always super active and athletic. He also never ate any hydrogenated oil since I met him over 20 years ago. So, he's a good candidate for surgery, but I am worried since my mom died from the same surgery, but this time we chose a world-class hospital. Thanks for any help offered.

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on January 07, 2014
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i'm sure he will have a set of drawers to keep non-perishable items in. i like to keep a jar of coconut oil/coconut butter/canned tuna/ nut butter packets/whey protein in there. most days, my mom doesn't get to the hospital until the afternoon because she works. i'd be able to make a "shake" in one of those smoothie shakers with whey, nut butter/ coconut oil, and water. it wasn't perfect since i had no blender, but it was filling. just know your husband shouldn't feel awkward asking the nurses for help. it's their job to make him feel comfortable and he's paying for their care.

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no problem, judy!! they do have refridgerators in the hospital that i was able to use. the nurses just asked that i write my name on my containers. it's easier if your containers are the same color or there is something noticeable about them. i have a set of matching green and pink lunch containers that are easily recognizable so the nurses aren't searching for a while in the fridge. each unit of the hospital has a little break room with a microwave/fridge. they would always heat things up for me, too.

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I have a lot of wonderful bones saved, and I have been collecting bone broth recipes. That's a project for this weekend before he goes into the hospital next week. Thanks.

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on January 07, 2014
at 08:54 PM

Maybe buy a crockpot for the hotel room? You could buy fresh and do almost anything you need with that. Stick blenders also travel nicely. Usually hotel bathrooms have a nice spacious work area by the sink. I have never done the crockpot in a hotel room, but the bathroom always becomes a small kitchen.

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on January 07, 2014
at 01:27 AM

So sorry to hear that you're such an expert in hospital Paleo dining at your tender age, but I appreciate your suggestions. My husband will be in another state, and I will need to stay overnight for a few nights in a hotel near the hospital. However, now that you've given me some food for thought, I may get creative. I mean, they have refridgerators in nice hotels, right? I could take a cooler full of food up with me and then visit a local grocery for some of the things like tuna. Also, the idea of being labeled gluten-free is very helpful since my husband actually does have a gluten sensitivity. Thanks much!

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on January 07, 2014
at 01:40 AM

no problem, judy!! they do have refridgerators in the hospital that i was able to use. the nurses just asked that i write my name on my containers. it's easier if your containers are the same color or there is something noticeable about them. i have a set of matching green and pink lunch containers that are easily recognizable so the nurses aren't searching for a while in the fridge. each unit of the hospital has a little break room with a microwave/fridge. they would always heat things up for me, too.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on January 07, 2014
at 01:44 AM

i'm sure he will have a set of drawers to keep non-perishable items in. i like to keep a jar of coconut oil/coconut butter/canned tuna/ nut butter packets/whey protein in there. most days, my mom doesn't get to the hospital until the afternoon because she works. i'd be able to make a "shake" in one of those smoothie shakers with whey, nut butter/ coconut oil, and water. it wasn't perfect since i had no blender, but it was filling. just know your husband shouldn't feel awkward asking the nurses for help. it's their job to make him feel comfortable and he's paying for their care.

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on January 07, 2014
at 01:11 AM

you can just bring him food while he is in there. i've had about 10 hospital stays and my parents bring me food in a cooler or hot thermos when i'm there. it's really not a big deal to the doctors whatsoever. they said as long as i'm eating, then they are fine if my food is brought from home. the cafeteria sends up food regardless and i am always labeled as gluten free. for breakfast/lunch/and dinner, it's always frozen meals and i don't wanna eat that crap.

for me, it's always bone broth, gelatin made with blueberry/cherry juice, whey protein, yogurt, cans of tuna/salmon/clams. my parents will also cook up some meat at home and bring it to me like ground beef or roast chicken.

unfortunately, i'm an old pro at this already at 24 haha

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on January 07, 2014
at 12:47 AM

If it were me I would stick to bone broth, vegetables, chicken, and offal.

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on January 07, 2014
at 01:29 AM

I have a lot of wonderful bones saved, and I have been collecting bone broth recipes. That's a project for this weekend before he goes into the hospital next week. Thanks.

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