One of the things I always wondered about pre-op was all of the supplementation that you have to do post op. Is it forever? Is it a lot? What do people take? Etc. So I thought I’d do a post about what vitamin/supplement schedule and my protein intake.
This is what I take on a daily basis, many by choice
I’ll start at the top, going clockwise:
- 2 Centrum Multi-Vitamins
- 2 Colace (keep things moving)
- 1 Probiotic (keep my gut in check)
- 1 Zyrtec (allergies)
- 1 Iron pill (every other day)
- 1 MegaRed (fish oil for a healthy heart)
- 1 B-12 (every other day)
- Pepcid OTC (Costco brand)
- 4 Calcium petities w/ vitamin D (Calcium Citrate)
- 3 Biotin (for healthy hair and nails…this one is from Costco…I’m going back to the tiny gel cap version from Amazon as soon as I’m done with these horse pills!)
What I have to Take
- 1 Iron pill (every other day)
- 1 B-12 pill (every other day)
- 4 Calcium petites w/ vitamin D
- 2 Centrum Multi Vitamins
How do I keep these organized?
I have a 7 day pill case, a big one, that I fill up every week. Then each night when putting my lunch box away I throw everything in this little guy:
I go ahead and throw this back in my lunch box for the next day.
What order do I take them in?
I have reminders in my phone that go off every 3 hours or so throughout the day reminding me to take my supplements. This picture is actually backwards, so I’ll start from the right, and work my way left.
- With my AM protein shake, on the way to work I take 2 of the Biotins, the probiotic, the B-12, the iron, the Colace, the Zyrtec, the Pepcid, and a multi-vitamin.
- Around 10, I take 2 calcium and the last Biotin
- Around 1 I take the last 2 calcium
- Around 4 I take the last multi-vitamin.
Because Iron blocks the absorption of calcium, you have to spread the two out by at least 2 hours (different doctors have different rules.) So that is why everything is separated out. Is this a pain in the ass? Yes, sometimes. But most days its just a routine. The hardest part was when I was on travel and was completely out of my schedule. I play a bit of a game with myself. When I’m filling up the smaller daily pill case for the next day, I take out any of the ones that I missed and put it back in the weekly pill separator. My goal is to not have ANY left in the weekly box at the end of the week.
The ultimate goal is to get all of your protein through food. Theoretically I could do that, but it’d be really hard, and I would wind up getting less protein in (even though I’d still hit my goal number.)
I have a protein shake every single morning to start my day. I drink it in the car while taking my vitamins. Two birds, one stone. Lately I’ve been on a cycle of 1 Scoop Jay Robb Whey Vanilla (25 grams of protein) mixed with 2 scoops of Click Latte (15 grams of protein.) That knocks out 40 grams and I havent even gotten to work yet. Some days I hate them and want to throw them out the car window, but I suck it up. I have to do it.
Protein supplements are a very personal thing. It’s great to get recommendations, but you are going to have to find what works for you. DO NOT buy a ton pre-op. Your tastes for first 6-8 weeks after surgery are nothing short of strange. I thought cauliflower smelled like skunks that first month or two, and milk, ugh, the odor of cow pastures is all I smelled when I drank them. Over time your tastes will settle back down, and you’ll slowly learn which protein shakes you can tolerate and which you can’t. I bought a TON of stuff from Unjury because I found so many recommendations for it, it still to this day makes my stomach a bit nauseous, but other people love it. Some people hate the Jay Robb products, I love them. You just have to try, try, and try some more.
Tata for now,