I’m tired … so tired.
I guess this is how the next few weeks will go.
On Saturday, I felt great and had a burst of energy.
I was also famished …starving!
On Sunday, I cooked one (easy) dish and felt exhausted the rest of the day.
I know some of you are concerned I’ve been doing too much, too fast.
I want to assure you I’m not doing any more than what has been okayed by my doc.
I was allowed to drive at ten days.
I can go on walks without any fear of doing myself harm.
Abdominal surgery has moved forward by leaps and bounds in recent years.
My surgeon used something called a “quilt” stitch (also known as a progressive tension suture) to sew me up.
It takes an experienced surgeon to do it.
It takes longer, also … which means a little more time in the operating room.
But, there are several benefits when it’s done by a skilled doctor.
I won’t bore you with the details, but the technique is most likely a factor in how well, and easily, my recovery has been going.
My doc is not concerned about me pulling out incisions and/or hurting the work he did.
That just goes to prove he doesn’t know me very well.
I do need to listen to my body as it heals …
If I’m tired, I need to rest – as I did yesterday.
If it hurts, I need to stop.
My energy and stamina will ebb and flow as I heal.
I will “go with it,” whatever “it” happens to be each day.
Obviously, I’d love to have lots of energy every day. I know that won’t be the case.
Today is Day #12.
I feel sore, but not in pain.
(Quite honestly, my bum arm hurts WAY worse than my belly.)
When I wake up I have a backache because I’m still sleeping in one (and only one) position.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to move around more in my sleep soon –
It will take some of the pressure off my back.
Getting in and out of the car takes a little time, but driving doesn’t bother me at all.
Bending over to pick something off the floor is possible, but not easy.
I can get into bed easily … I use a little stool so I don’t have to lift my legs (with my abs) very much.
Getting out of bed?
Well, I’m pretty sure I look like a beached whale.
It’s a difficult movement for me still.
Yesterday, since I had absolutely no energy, I rested.
I opened a notebook and began writing lists of possible future adventures.
I listed locations I’d like to photograph.
Next, I began making lists regarding timing.
If I want to see a city when it has fall foliage, I need to plan accordingly.
As I get travel/photography ideas I’ll keep adding them to my “travel book” as I call it.
I suppose it’s a wish list, really.
Now, if I could only find a sponsor so I could photograph every single thing!