Over the past twenty-five years, I’ve had many opportunities to offer consultations to people who were facing physical challenges. I have learned so much about regaining and maintaining health. Personal experience really is the best teacher.
About eight years ago, I was on a bicycle outing that ended in a backward fall and a fractured hip. The pins that held my hip together worked perfectly. But last year, they were damaged in a fall from wearing high heels on a bare floor, beginning the onset of trauma-related arthritis in the hip joint.
My orthopedic surgeon said it was an easy thing to fix with a hip replacement. I decided to do some research while increasing certain AIM products to see if I could make a difference. Unfortunately, the damage was too great for nutrition to fully correct. However, the months I spent improving my diet and adjusting my supplement intake contributed to my overall health in anticipation of surgery.
Early on, I doubled my intake of BarleyLife. I have always made my own carrot juice, but this time I discovered the joy of spooning out Just Carrots powder into my glass along with a generous spoonful of RediBeets. It’s so much easier than splashing carrot and beet juice all over the place. The wholefoods of the AIM Garden Trio are delicious together. For good measure, I added two scoops of CalciAIM, an absorbable calcium powder I knew I would need since the surgery involved cutting my leg bone and using it to secure the new hip joint. These four products became my morning “drink” in 32 oz. of distilled water.
On the day of the surgery, I was not allowed anything but clear liquid from midnight until the afternoon operation. Since AIM products have no fiber, mixing them in water produced a liquid packed with nutrition. I wasn’t hungry for a minute.
Taking Herbal Fiberblend while coming up on the surgery prevented any bowel issues afterward. Catheterization during surgery is routine, so I planned on taking two CranVerry+ capsules daily after surgery to prevent urinary tract or bladder infections. What a comfort it is to have a regular arsenal of weapons to protect me!
The operation turned out to be quick and successful. The lessons I learned in recovery are important ones:
How do you regularly walk for rehab therapy when you are in pain but don’t want to take medications?
How do you make yourself drink plenty of water when it requires frequent trips to the bathroom?
How do you resist the temptation to turn off your brain and place yourself in the hands of doctors?
I believe that when you are working with the medical community, it is important to state your goals and compromise when necessary. If the doctor is willing, work toward using natural solutions. My doctor agreed wholeheartedly that the best patients are the ones who have educated themselves, are convinced surgery is the right path and are emotionally and physically ready to tackle the recovery. We became a team for my benefit.
Finally, I praise the Lord for Gene, my health-minded husband, who blessed me with his loving care throughout this entire experience.