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2 Weeks After Surgery Yesterday - Finally Got Out In the World

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.

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    Doug - Thanks so much; I appreciate it!
    1822 days ago
    Healthy - Thanks, I finally got them off although they were stuck on there pretty well with some type of adhesive that the nurse had put on before sticking the steri-strips on my incision.

    1822 days ago
    glad to hear you are up and about.
    1823 days ago
    Awesome to hear that you are progressing well and improving day by day! As for the steri strips, try applying a liberal amount of Vaseline or Triple Antibiotic Ointment on them and see if that doesn't soften them up so that they will peal off without any pain! It will also help to apply some moisture to the incision which may help sooth the itching as well!

    Get better, be patient and know that yesterday is but a memory and as each new day comes, this too will be brushed off into your past! Be strong and know that you have the strength within you to endure!

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    1823 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/21/2013 1:05:43 PM
    Graygranny - I can only imagine how bored you were after back surgery. It's so weird to feel my insides stretch and pull and I suppose it's because organs that were removed are now allowing other organs to move around and they are readjusting themselves.

    I'm trying hard to be patient, but it's so hard when your brain says one thing and your body says another, LOL.
    1823 days ago
    LadyJ6942 - I'm definitely getting around and not just sitting in bed. I agree with you that you need to get your body moving, so have been doing more and more of that. Yesterday was my first day out actually walking around stores and I was so disappointed at how much pain and discomfort I had afterwards.

    It's weird how doing your normal routine that doesn't seem strenuous normally can be that way after surgery. I told my husband that I never thought shopping (just a little bit) was exhausting, LOL.
    1823 days ago
    One day at a time sweetie. When I had back surgery in Feb I was more than frustrated and bored but now that I look back it was worth taking time for my body to heal properly. Best wishes on a speedy and successful recovery
    1823 days ago
  • LADYJ6942
    Good luck with your continued recovery. I encourage you to move often as it will help with the recovery. Getting up to walk a lap around the house once every hour or two is helpful to move all that stuff through/out of your system too.

    1823 days ago
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