Friday, June 21, 2013
Yesterday was my two week anniversary since my abdominal surgery and so I had my doctor's office visit. I'm okayed to drive, but had my husband take me since he's taking vacation time to take care of me, the house, the kids, getting groceries, etc.
It's been so hard for me to be stuck at home and I have been bored more than I can express. I've only been to the doctor's office (twice) since my surgery and was getting very anxious to get out as that is all I have done. My husband is happy to take me places, but my energy level is limited and still am not able to get back to my regular routine yet although I am feeling better.
I'm not allowed to push a buggy, carry heavy items, swim, vacuum, etc. so I've been frustrated since I know that going out is limited due to the limitations as my inside stitches heal and my body adjusts to having less organs inside of it, etc.
I got my husband to take me to two very small stores after my doctor's appt. since I knew I wouldn't have the stamina for something big like Wal-Mart. It felt so good to get out and that lifted my spirits, but I could feel my stomach get hard, pain in my lower abdomen inside, etc.
I didn't pick up anything other than super light items, didn't push the buggy (shopping cart for those of you not in the south, LOL), and didn't carry any bags. I could feel it big time by the time we got home and stayed in bed most of the day after that.
It's amazing how small outings where all you do is pretty much walk (I even had my husband reach for things that were lower than arm level) and still be exhausted and in discomfort.
My doctor did encourage me to get out and about so I didn't go against doctor's orders, but I'm very frustrated that the recovery period is going to be so slow. I know that I have read many times that 6-8 weeks is the normal recovery time for an abdominal surgery and that it will take 6 months to a year for all the healing inside to take place. I guess I knew that intellectually because I did plenty of research when I found out what type of surgery I was going to have to have, but I'm awfully impatient and frustrated.
My external incision is healing great though and I was told I could take the steri strips that are on it now (put on after my staples were taken out) off after a shower when they are wet. I'm a big chicken though so not sure how I will manage to get the courage to do that, but I am sure it will start to look "yucky" after awhile and I'll be glad to get rid of them.
I'm itching in my incision now so not sure if it's because it's healing or if it's the steri strips irritating my skin, but will probably look for ideas online to take them off easier than with water.