As I believe I mentioned, I had surgery last Tuesday, March 20, to remove an ovarian cyst that had gotten really large. Seriously, it was the size of a grapefruit. That's ridiculous. Happily, it was not cancerous, so I am just recovering from surgery and not having to worry about anything else.
Let me tell you about recovering from a laparoscopy. First, there are these little incisions that my panties sit over. Then there's internal pain - not enough for me to think I need pain killers, but enough to remind me that I had stuff taken out of me through a little hole they cut in my belly. And then there's the rash I got the day after the surgery, all where the iodine was. Apparently I'm allergic to iodine as well as adhesive. I knew about the adhesive (and forgot to tell them, so the stripe of adhesive rash is totally my own fault) but not the iodine. Yay, so much fun - not! Oh, and some of the internal pain occurs when my bladder is full. Not sure if it's my bladder still being upset about the catheter they put in it or if it's pressing on my uterus and my uterus is complaining.
So I feel really good, and have for a few days. My digestive system seems to have normalized, but I still can't do tons physically because it makes me tired and it makes me hurt.
However, I can't just sit around all day for much longer without doing stuff, because I guarantee you I will go stark raving mad sooner rather than later.
This is good, though, because I've been getting behind on some things, and I want to get back to eating healthy food. I've been eating a lot of convenience food since the surgery, and it's time to get back on track. It will help speed my recovery, for one thing, and it will help me be ready for when I can start back to running and stuff once I've fully healed!
I noticed, when I was "eating like a guinea pig," that my brain seemed to function a lot better and I was able to deal with stress more easily. So I have decided to modify that a little bit so it's not quite so restrictive. Basically, I am going to eat fruit for breakfast, snack on fruits and vegetables all day, eat a nice big salad for lunch, and then eat whatever I want for dinner (as long as dinner includes some kind of cooked vegetable). Except I will leave dessert for Sundays after dinner - that's when I can have a chocolate bar, or a small bag of candy, or a piece of pie or something like that. I'm also going to drink water instead of apple juice (I've been practically living on apple juice this week), saving the juice for drinking with meals. Vegetable juice, on the other hand, I will drink as a snack once a day.
So that handles eating. How about the rest of my life? Let's have a go:
I'm going to take things slow and try not to push myself too much. I don't want to hurt myself, and I want to see lots of success! So, as always, I have a nice long to-do list, but I'm going to pull just three things from each area of my life to focus on each day. If I manage to get through even one thing from each area, I will have succeeded - especially right now, when I'm recovering from my surgery!
I will try to post here more regularly now that I've "checked back in"; until next time!