It’s so easy for me to get depressed when I can’t do the things I want to do. Well, that’s probably true for everyone, right? I just happened to be smack dab in the middle of my hysterectomy recovery so I feel like I can’t do anything!
Actually, scratch that, I’m at the beginning of recovery it’s only been a week! I have at least five more to go! Ugh.
Yes, I’m being a bit of a whining crybaby. It sucks when you are reminded you actually aren’t superwoman and that your body has to heal like everyone elses.
Ahh, sarcasm has been my friend this week along with naps, Hulu, and my binder.
By the second day after surgery, most of the anesthesia wore off, and I felt loads better. Still a little nauseous and in pain but at least I felt like and wanted to get out of bed. I walked around the house and hung out in the living room instead of my bed.
My workout group also put a smile on my face with this awesome edible arrangement.
The number of people who checked in on me was crazy. I felt (and feel) so blessed to have such a fantastic group of family and friends. My mom spent the week with us. It was wonderful having her here to help and hang out with the boys.
By day 3 (Wednesday) I felt up to taking a stroll outside, and I walked the half mile loop the family was using for our run streak. It felt great to feel the sun on my face while getting some fresh air.
On day 4 (Thursday) I used some leftover chicken breast Mom made a few days earlier and turned it into this delicious chicken chili.
Cooking is creative and therapeutic for me, and it felt good to get back into the kitchen.
The next day (day 5 – Friday) I was up at 5:30 a.m. — my usual gym time — and I decided to slip on walking shoes and go for a stroll. My goal was just the half-mile loop again but I was feeling good, so I kept going.
People gave me some crap on IG about doing too much too soon, but it felt right. I love how everyone says to listen to your body but then when you do… oh, well.
It felt great to walk, and mom and I even hit Costco later that morning so she could help me stock up on a few things. The rest of the day I spent napping and watching movies. It was a perfect post-hysterectomy Friday.
Yesterday I felt up to hanging out with some friends at a local Beerfest.
I walked there and then perched myself on a chair in the shade for a few hours.
It was exactly what I needed after what felt like a week of hibernation.
We got a ride home and again I spent the rest of the day napping and watching movies.
Recovery for everyone is going to be different. For me, it’s finding a balance between resting and being as active as my body allows me to be. My life is not on hold. I do better mentally and physically when I’m out and about, social, and accomplishing things. If I locked myself in my room this past week, I’d be battling depression on top of everything else.
I have another week at home before I start my new job and I have a few things on my to-do I want to get accomplished. Of course, they are all things I can do from the comfort of my bed with a laptop — see, I’m not totally crazy.
Just slightly. 🙂