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Unread 10-25-2002, 09:17 PM
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With my castle date of the 29th, I am very nervous, poor tummy doesn't know what to do. So, I went with the old stand-by, peppermint tea. I haven't read anything about peppermint one way or the other, but since it is an herb, I thought I would put the ? out there.
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Unread 10-25-2002, 11:08 PM
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Hmmm, you have asked a very good question.....I went and looked at our list at the top of this board and no mention of pepperment tea......
My best advice to you since I will admit I dont know much about herbs myself is give your doctor a call to be sure and on the safe side about when to stop taking it, if you need to stop before your surgery.
I am sure another sister will be along soon to give you further insight and experience with this.
We would be interrested to know what you find out.
The wait is the hard part of all this, you will be a before you know it. Think positive thoughts!
Unread 10-25-2002, 11:16 PM
Peppermint tea sounds good!

I doubt that peppermint tea is considered an herb. (I'm not in the medical field, so better ask someone who's in the know.) My doctor didn't place *any* dietary restrictions on me, even let me take an antihistimine the night before surgery.

Something that helped me tremendously was putting myself on a liquid diet for the two days before surgery. That way you can't get constipated immediately after surgery because you won't have stuff trying to move through your system. I was having normal and painless BMs by Day 3 post-op, thank God!

I certainly drank herbal teas (peach or cinnamon), juices, V8, and even coffee up until the night before surgery.

Best wishes to you, Sis. Let us know how you are doing!
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Unread 10-25-2002, 11:37 PM
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Hi! well yes, peppermint is a kind of mint, which is an herb... please ladies, talk with your DR before changing your diet in ANY way prior to your surgery. Chances are that what you're wanting to do is fine, but you wouldn't want to chance having a problem in the event that it's not, right? I know I was told to stop my Vitamin E, Vitamin C, multivitamin (because it contained more C and E) and not take any aspirin or ibuprofen for two weeks before the surgery. Other ladies have not been told that. You are just beginning to learn something you will hear even MORE over in Post Op.... every DR is different in how they want you to do things. That doesn't mean one is right and another is wrong. Here's the thing:

You and your DR are partners in this big surgery deal. Your DR's part of the deal is to do the very best possible job on your surgery. Your job is to do everything you can to make sure you heal properly and have an uncomplicated recovery, by following their orders carefully, and calling to clarify them when you don't understand something or have a question about something. Your job is every bit as important as your DR's in the grand scheme of things. Take it seriously!

End of lecture, now where's the ? Oh, and BTW, if your DR OK's it, ginger tea is great for your tummy. See you all over in Post Op!

Unread 10-26-2002, 01:06 AM
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Karen, I will tell you that many doctors will do the liquid diet for two days prior anyway, especially if bowel endo is involved.

But there have been some electrolyte imbalances and blood sugar problems in the patients who have fasted TOO long. I'm glad it worked for you, and it is a good idea to eat lightly whatever it is you find the most digestible right before surgery. But most anesthesiologists and doctors are very specific about what they want.

Peppermint is an herb, albeit not one that changes clotting factors. And many doctors do not understand the effect that most of the herbs can have on your body. Peppermint actually works to relax smooth muscle, and shouldn't be a problem for you...but do let them know anyway. They'll look at you, scratch and/or shake their heads, and probably say "sure, go ahead" -- but better to be safe and keep them in the loop.

Good luck! You'll be in our thoughts.

Unread 10-26-2002, 02:08 AM
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I'm sorry that you are feeling anxious. I am having surgery the same day as you and have been a little anxious too. I'm having trouble sleeping which is why I'm writing this at 3 a.m. I'm trying to do a lot of "busy" work to distract myself. I'm going to go bake cookies next. My kids can't believe the food that I've prepared. But, they seem to be eating it all now! They are all in college and can fend for themselves and hopefully their dad but it's keeping me busy and the freezer full. I will keep you in my thoughts the next few days and pray that the time passes quickly. Take care,

Unread 10-26-2002, 07:11 AM
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I just got home from the castle and while I was there, the doc told me to drink peppermint tea to soothe tummy and help relieve gas. The nurses didn't even have to order it, they have it right there with the juices etc, so I believe it must be considered pretty harmless!!

Best wishes!!
Unread 10-26-2002, 07:13 AM
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Hi sfifer, leslie and others,
Peppermint tea was something I drank a lot of post surgery. I had read here at HS that it can help with digestive problems (as Audrey pointed out, it relaxes smooth muscles). So, you might want to keep this in mind post hyst too.

The waiting is tough and it's a lonely time, even with all the support here at HS. My hyst was just about a year ago and this time of year (leaves falling, cooler) really brings all of that anxious waiting period back to me. Hang in there ladies, you will make it and renewed health will be the reward.

Leslie ... I can almost smell those fresh-baked cookies! Your family is lucky that you are coping with the waiting game by doing all this cooking. Just make sure they know it will be their turn when you are newly post op!

Unread 10-26-2002, 07:15 AM
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Just wanted to drop in and add my two cents!

I was told that peppermint was an herb and my DR had ordered NO herbs for two weeks prior to surgery. Some have an effect on the anesthesia that aren't good. As always, check with your DR to make sure. Good luck to you!!

Unread 10-26-2002, 07:47 AM
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Thanks everyone, don't know how I would do this without my sisters. I will nix the tea until after surgery, & a soft/ liquid diet sounds smart to me. I experienced the cconstipation & gas after 2 c-secs & don't want to go there again if I can avoid it. It's worth a try.

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