continued on from “Surgery and the waiting game…“
**Disclaimer: It is recommended the you seek individual professional advice for your own rehabilitation purposes**
19/10/17: 3 days post surgery
I’m now 3 days post surgery from a total hysterectomy and 8 days post surgery from, what turned out to be, exploratory surgery. I now also have the results in relation to the ovary I had removed with dark spots…
IT’S NOT CANCER
What a relief it was to get that news! Sadly, I know many others will not be as fortunate as me and I feel so very grateful that I’m one of the lucky ones. The past week has been pretty full on so to get some good news is a welcome relief! Now I can focus 100% on recovery and rehabilitation.
There’s only 2 people I listen to when it comes to rehabilitation and recovery, #1: My very educated and practiced surgeon #2: Me. (oh, and my wellness soul sister and physio guru Rach). The whole “you need to rest” is not what works for me, nor is it what my surgeon recommends either! His advice was to go easy for 2 weeks and not lift anything heavy (which is what I have been doing). He also recommended to get moving AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (which is also what I am doing).
I’ve been consistent with my pelvic floor and T/A holds twice a day (20 reps or more) and I started these the day after surgery. Core rehabilitation is SO important in recovery and even more crucial if you have any sort of back problems like me ( L5/S1 disc). I’ll be joining in our Core Rehabilitation Training Program when SBF Challenge #13 begins next week. Even though I designed this specifically for abdominal separation, I used this training program for my 2 previous abdominal surgeries and had great results.
20/10/17: 4 days post surgery
It’s the first day of a weekend getaway at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat to celebrate my Dad’s 70th birthday. There’s no way I’d be missing out on all the family fun so we packed our bags and headed down the coast.
Lying in bed with my feet up eating chocolate covered almonds is not going to make me feel better and it is not going to make me heal quicker either.
Spending time with my family, eating fresh food and getting out in the fresh air is exactly what I need.
I do feel more tired than usual and the incision site on my belly button is still tender. I still also feel a little nauseous and don’t have 100% of my appetite back. My cheeks look hollow and I am a pasty kind of yellowish colour (I think that’s called “hospital tan” and it’s not a good look).
21/10/17: 5 days post surgery
Today was the first day of planned exercise. We got up early and went for a leisurely 30 min rainforest walk with the kids. It was fantastic! One thing these last couple of weeks have taught me yet again, is to never take your health and fitness for granted. Being able to walk for an extended period of time in the fresh air was AMAZING, so is being able to roll over in bed without waking up in pain.
I’ve been getting a lot of comments in relation to not being able to train with as much intensity as I’d like, and how I must be struggling with this. The truth is, as much as I’d love to go out for a run or do a really hard HIIT session …. I really don’t feel like it just yet. It’s only been 5 days so far and I’m actually enjoying the forced break from my regular routine.
I hate the saying “everything happens for a reason”. I am a firm believer that some things SHOULD NEVER have happened! BUT I am also a firm believer in “sometimes really crappy things happen and it’s my job to find the positive outcome in said crappy situation”.
So my view is that this forced rest has now allowed me to give my body a really good (almost 2 week) break from my regular routine. I haven’t been up at 3.45am working on my computer every morning, I haven’t been racing out the door at 4.50am to go training and I haven’t taught any of my regular classes for 2 weeks! I’ve actually really enjoyed it 🙂 I know I’ll be back into training very soon so in the mean time, I’m going to make the most of my new less intense routine.
23/10/17: 7 days post surgery
Back home again and back into work which means up at 3.45am. I’m feeling really great today and the first day where I feel like all the post surgery bloat is gone. The incisions are all healed over which means now I can start using Bio-Oil.
When I was pregnant with the triplets someone suggested Bio-Oil to me for reducing stretch marks. I bought a bottle and bathed myself in it twice a day – everywhere… even on my face! I don’t know if it was the Bio-Oil, genetics, healthy diet, good luck, voo doo or whatever, but I didn’t get any stretch marks. Ever since then I’ve become a Bio-Oil worshipper and still use it everyday (and still on my face). The plan now is to rub that stuff on all throughout the day whenever I think of it. I’m going to have the most moisturised skin in town!
25/10/17: 9 days post surgery
Walking is now an hour a day with another 20 – 30 mins in the afternoon. I’ve started week 1 of my core rehab program (which I’ll repeat again next week with the rest of the group). I feel totally normal. I don’t feel sad, less of a woman, empty inside or any other negative emotions that are often associated with post hysterectomy. Maybe I am a sociopath 😐 Or maybe I’m just not that attached to my feminine side (which is hopefully more likely the case).
You know what has been the most… how shall I put this…”challenging” part of this whole experience? Having my Dad ringing me 3 x per day to make sure I’m ok. Here’s a conversation from today:
I know you stopped listening to me when you were 18 months old, but for once just take some advice from me…
If you know I won’t listen to you, then why do you keep telling me what to do?
Because I want to be able to say “I told you so”
Have you ever been able to say that to me before?
No …. but I still want to this time.
I’ve taken a proactive approach to this situation and now I call him. Nice and early to catch him unprepared, and assure him that I’m all good. BOOM, just like that, no 30 min lecture to endure.
That’s my wrap up for this week. The next instalment will hopefully include my return to running program, latest specialist appointment, scar update and any other exciting little things that happen along the way.
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