Thanks again for all the nice emails/cards etc, here’s where I am up to…
So it’s 2 weeks tomorrow since the surgery. Amazing really, seems to have flown by. Got to admit the first week was pretty grim, I was really struggling with the after effects of the anaesthetic and drugs etc. Since then it has been rather up and down, I guess I expected a gradual improvement but it has been very varied. However in the last few days I seem to a have turned a corner. I’m only taking paracetamol (and the occasional ibuprofen when needed), and I’m walking further. In fact today I walked round the field behind our house, it’s probably about 1/2 mile in total and included a stile (or perhaps ‘style’ as in my slightly limpy, incredibly slow walking way). It seems crazy to be measuring progress in such small steps but considering I haven’t been able to walk more than a few yards for 6 weeks, this is a massive achievement! I’m still spending a large amount of time lying down and I think I will be for some time yet, but at just 2 weeks post op I’m ok with this. Plus, I still feel an amazing amount of peace in all this, God is soooo good! (I’m planning to vlog about this peace thing in the next few days, much easier than typing at the mo!)
So, I’ve been measuring each day by making a list of small achievements and nice things in my journal so that I can remind myself when I’m having a bad day pain-wise of how far I have come. Here’s some of my faves so far…
- The early days – spending hours listening to my 8 hour worship playlist on the iPod This totally got me through!
- Managing to take a shower unaided! (on day 5 – oooh smelly)
- Saving a bumble bee (day 10) (It was dying stuck by a window so I gave it a spoon of sugar water and it revived and flew off, made me feel so good that I had been able to do something useful in a time when there’s not much I can do!)
- Being unable to sit for long I’ve been missing the sunshine, until I realised the garden table was the perfect height for lying on – hey presto makeshift bed in the sunshine 🙂 (day 9) Of course it has pretty much rained ever since…
- Realising I can put my tea mug in the top rack of the dishwasher (day 8)
- Getting to grips with the ‘nimbus 2000’ (right) which enables me to do all sorts of basics (like putting on knickers which had been a tricky one!)
- Errr, how can I put this, there was ‘movement’ on about day 5, which post op had not been happening… such blessed relief! (sorry for TMI lol!)
- Praying for prophetic words for people and sending notes with them.
- Watching all the Darren wilson movies – so inspiring
- New coloured pens… the simple joys
- Getting creative again for the first time in years
- Discovering ‘suits’ on Netflix and that there’s several series to watch 🙂
So there we are. 2 weeks in and I’m improving, that’s about the size of it. I did a little vlog for my church family here if you want to know a bit more (foolishly shot in portrait, clearly my brain is not quite back to normal…)
If you are the praying type, please keep praying, I really do feel covered in it. Thanks.
Pam SmithJune 23, 2015 at 9:14 pm
Great news, Jules, have been wondering how you were getting on. That sounds like amazing progress. I know that post anaesthetic state so well and it’s so great when it lifts!
JulesJune 27, 2015 at 2:48 pm
Thanks Pam 🙂
yes feeling more and more human by the day!