I thought I'd jot down a few things that might be helpful in preparing for and returning from, stem cell treatment that I learned before, during and after my treatment.
Before, During and After Treatment:
Do not - Smoke (anything)
Do not - Consume alcohol
Do - Get a check up and blood test from your doctor so you have a "base" starting point prior to treatment - especially ask for a CK blood test (for muscular dystrophy patients, mainly)
Do - Drink lots and lots of water. Baby stem cells prefer a well-hydrated body.
Do - Be prepared to exercise daily after treatment
30 Days Before Treatment:
Do not - Make a change in your prescriptions (if you can help it) or supplements.
I was told I should get a "heavy metals" blood test before I went. I did so (results were normal), but my insurance did not pay for the test and it was very expensive. Unless you really think it necessary or your insurance covers it, I suggest passing on this sort of test.
Be prepared for physical and occupational therapy when you return. Let your doctor know (if you have insurance to cover this) that you will need a "doctor's order" for PT and OT.
Be prepared to purchase exercise equipment when you return. I needed a stationary exercise bike, a muscle stimulator machine, a standing frame and an over-sized work out bench (5 ft. wide by 6 ft. long).
The exercise bike can be easily found and fairly inexpensive. The standing frame is expensive to purchase so I am building one using items I can find at my local home improvement store. The work out bench is hard to find due to its size, so I am building that too. Most of the materials can be found at a hardware store, but I had to order the vinyl covering from an upholstery speciality store. The muscle stimulator machine will obviously need to be purchased, but I want to talk with my PT first.
I'll add more thoughts as they come to me.