I'm trying to get back to a normal life again but still have a few hurdles to get through before then, but I definitely have made a lot of progress since my surgery last June. I've been told that it takes at least a year for recovery, and I whole heartily agree with that, particularly with it being done abdominally. I still have pain in my incision area as well as ligament pain in that vicinity, but really can't complain too much compared to how I felt and what I was dealing with months ago.
I did something that I was wondering when I'd be able to do yesterday. A friend and I and our kids went to a local amusement park and I got to ride a few roller coasters.
I was really worried about the bars and other things that hold you in causing me major issues, as well as all the jostling and bumping, etc. Knock on wood, I'm doing fine this morning! I figured if I was able to work out at the gym and do strength training, the treadmill, etc., I hopefully would be able to walk my legs off and ride some roller coasters, LOL.
It's a major challenge getting to the gym although I miss it when I don't get to go. Their weekend hours are not good and with our homeschool group now planning events on the weekends too, it's hard to get there all the time.
I purchased some at home dvds for that reason and really like them a lot. I'm trying hard to start off slow and steady and not go crazy as I certainly don't want to hurt myself after being in a situation for so long where I was unable to walk up a small hill due to back spasms and hurting so many places from the surgery.
I feel half-way normal again and that's great! Before the surgery, I was very sick and unable to do much of anything. Even going to the grocery store was a challenge. I was anemic and in terrible pain and basically miserable. The surgery took a lot more out of me as well so although my head wanted my body to do all kinds of things, my body said "NO!!!", LOL.
I want to eventually purchased my own roller skates and get to the skating rink with my kids again and enjoy that type of activity. Of course we have the gym membership too so definitely trying to take advantage of that too. I actually love the strength training and never thought I would say that in a million years!
I was exploring the gym the other day and let my husband know that they offered way more than he even realized. I noticed there was a spinning machine room, weight lifting room, zumba classes, yoga, etc. Now just to find the time to get there and do it all!
I have to order our tests for the state soon (homeschool children in my state have to take yearly tests), finish up all our 4-H projects, our co-op projects, etc. I have a class I'm teaching in our co-op (owl pellet dissection) coming up soon so have to get ready for that as well.
We have a play coming up for our drama club so we have to make sure that we get plenty of practice time in before our actual play occurs in May, so on top of homeschooling, running the co-op, running the group, running the 4-H homeschool group, running another 4-H group (not homeschool related), piano lessons, working out, taking care of normal day to day activities (cleaning the house, cooking, grocery shopping, etc.), extra-curricular social events for the kids, volunteering, etc., I am struggling for extra time just to breathe. :-)