Monday, March 26, 2012
Two and a half weeks after surgery and the incision seems to be healing nicely, my energy is returning and I'm starting to get back to work. I get the official report back from my surgeon as to the prognosis in a couple days and am in a bit of a nervous holding pattern until then. My voice still has no tonality to it (I have a six note range which is driving me crazy) and my digestion system is very annoyed with me. I'm not sure if it is the supplements that is causing the bloating and gas but honestly, I could do without it.
My main complaint about the healing process is somewhere along the line, my sofa turned evil. We have a very old sectional sofa which is usually perfect and beyond comfortable. It's the sofa that eats people (in a very friendly way, of course). What I mean to say is that once you sit it in you don't want to - and normally can't - get out. It can sleep two people and sits about 8-10 depending on how comfortable you are with the friends around you. It became my nest after surgery as it's central to most of the house and lets me still be a part of the main hub instead of being sequestered and completely going stir-crazy from lack of interaction.
I thought the sofa was my friend.
It is not.
The sofa betrayed me.
The problem with being prone for large periods of time is that your body doesn't get to do what it normally does throughout the day. You lose flexibility, strength, and endurance. Your body also goes into positions that it's not used to being in for longer periods of time. And when you don't change your ways after a few warning signs, it sends the bigger messages, and my body, quite literally, became a very large pain in the ass.
I believe I just may have "broken" my butt.
"Anatomy of the Piriformis Muscle
The piriformis is a small muscle located deep within the hip and buttocks region. It connects the sacrum (lower region of the spine) to the top of the femur (thigh bone) and aids in external rotation (turning out) of the hip joint."(http://www.thestretchi
Piriformis issues can apparently arise from sitting or slouching too long. Due to the position that I maintained during the majority of my first week of recovery: a semi-prone or low seated position, all I have to say is: Damn you, sofa.
Sleeping is inordinately painful. I can't turn in my sleep from side to side as picking up the pelvis and glute muscles off of the floor/bed is excruciating. Walking for the most part is okay as are, surprisingly, most of my yoga stretches. My partner-in-crime is helping me with shoving his thumbs into the muscle (he is a massage therapist) and this seems to help as do very hot baths. Bending however in the mornings before the muscle has warmed up is my biggest challenge and I become quite a comedienne when I get dressed. Putting on pants/socks/shoes is no fun. I find it funny that I hardly took any meds for my surgical recovery but am definitely on a lovely supplementary diet of advil and tylenol now.
It is slowly getting better, but I feel like a bit of a cosmic joke. Murphy, where ever you are, I hope you're getting a good laugh. It is so true that: "If anything could go wrong, it will."
Thanks again to everyone for their continued well wishes. If I may give you a piece of advice this week please believe me when I say that no matter how much you love your furniture, they are sly objects of torture when you are too friendly with them. Your only true friend is your body. Treat it well.