Mildred was in the hospital, not because of some unexpected emergency, but for major surgery. The surgery was necessary to help her stay in good health, but it was going to require a lengthy recovery. Not only would it take several weeks for her to recover from the surgery itself, she was then looking at physical therapy to help her muscles get stronger, get her back on her feet, and taking part in her own daily care.
When she was discharged, her doctor admonished her to pay attention to the details that made a difference. He wanted her to think about home care support. He also wanted her to pay attention to the foods she ate, how much exercise she was getting, and by doing so (along with keeping up with her vitals, including blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and more), she would actually reduce the risk of a readmission.
Her doctor was also concerned about stroke risk, which can be elevated following certain health issues, including some surgeries. Below are three things Mildred was encouraged to do to help reduce the risk of stroke following a hospitalization.
First, she needed to eat healthy.
For many years, Mildred admonished her own children to eat healthy while they were growing up and as they went off into their young adult lives. After her husband passed away when she was 72, Mildred didn’t see the point in taking care of herself. She had let things go, didn’t eat all that well, and had a tendency to focus on processed foods rather than home-cooked meals.
Her doctor told her to get back to the basics, which included good nutrition, avoiding processed foods, and limiting sugary snacks.
Second, she needed to exercise, as directed.
Mildred needed to get exercise on a regular basis. She wasn’t doing much besides sitting around doing a puzzle, watching TV, and occasionally going for a walk at the local mall with her friends. Her doctor told her to get exercise for at least 15 minutes every day. He said it was going to be difficult, but working with a physical therapist was going to make things a bit easier each week.
Third, she needed to learn more about BMI.
Body Mass Index, or BMI, can basically tell a person how much body fat they have based on their weight, muscle build, bone structure, and more. Her BMI was elevated, thus increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. When she focused on a better diet and started getting more exercise, her doctor was confident she would reduce her BMI, thus possibly even reducing the risk of stroke or readmission to the hospital.
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