Soon after surgery, I realized all the things I couldn’t do with one arm that wasn’t working. From the beginning my doctor told me my arm would never be the same. I should be able to improve range of motion over time, but my arm would never reach my head or my face and I would not have the same weight bearing functionality. Ever. Again. There were many things I had to get used to. Some of the hardest things sound silly until you can’t do them.
It’s really hard to put a pillowcase on my fluffy firm pillows and I have not yet figured out how to put in earrings (but since there’s a pandemic I’m not going anywhere anyway). I can’t tie my sneakers so I leave them tied. I have trouble opening packaging, bottles, cans… Then there’s cooking. I can’t cut a melon or a piece of meat. I can’t transfer a big pot of pasta water to the sink. I was never much of a gourmet anyway, but another post about that.
Most important was what I needed to do to heal as quickly as I could. I’ve never been one to take a lot of supplements, but I do take a handful of the most important ones and while I was healing, I was sure to take them regularly including Vitamin D3 / K2, Vitamin C, a stress B complex, and triple omega.
Vitamin D’s best-known role is to keep bones healthy by increasing the intestinal absorption of calcium. Without enough vitamin D, the body can only absorb 10% to 15% of dietary calcium.
Many people are deficient in Vitamin D due to limited exposure to sunlight or Spending too much time indoors or avoiding sunshine with the use of sunscreens. People who live at latitudes above 37 degrees north or below 37 degrees south of the equator don’t get enough UVB energy from the sun to make all the vitamin D they need. There is a lot of thinking now that we should be taking Vitamin D3 along with Vitamin K2.
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is required for the synthesis of collagen. It is also a highly effective antioxidant protecting cells from damage by free radicals. Studies have shown that the vitamin can help speed the healing process of wounds.