Keep in mind that this post is being written while I’m on powerful pain medicine!
The Recovery Stage
The recovery stage is like the boot camp stage… It feels like you’ve now just finished getting your butt kicked in a horrible way, and you’re beginning to see the bruises from the IV’s placed in the veins of your hands, the bruises at the incision sites, the stitches, you think, make you look tough so you don’t mind that (although you’re scared to touch them- just admire them from afar!) Your surgical sites are sore to say the least as any movement is like a person pressing on a deep bruise you have (not comfortable people!) The gas that was placed in your body to pump your body up like a balloon so the surgical team can have enough room to work, sits in your body until it slowly evaporates, makes an uncomfortable stabbing feeling in the shoulders area. The throat is sore and keeps you from wanting to talk much because of the anesthesia tube that was lodged in there during surgery. Now do you get why I call this the boot camp stage?
It Helps To Focus On A Happy Future
During the recovery you get tough mentally… ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’ You know it’s temporary and dream about the healthy version of you when this is all over and done. You’re envisioning yourself in nature, in peace, in a castle on an amazing vacation to Southern France. that is much-needed. Oh you can’t wait, you think to yourself… who cares about the money (well kind of!) You’ll figure out a way to scrap up enough and find a cheap but nice vacation spot somewhere to relax and soak in life.
I must say, the pain medicine helps you stay sane during this recovery stage. The powerful pain reliever helps you relax, sleep, move without all the discomfort (at least for the first couple of hours on the drug, the last couple hours you feel the pain and can’t wait for the next dose… don’t get addicted and stay on schedule!) The other nice thing (silver lining!) is that you are aware of all the people who ‘actually care about you and offer help, prayers, warm wishes’… this makes you feel loved more than ever before, they’ve stepped up to the plate so to speak and its touching.
So if you know anyone who has had surgery I ask that you reach out to them, give them your love, your time, and your smiles. Any little nice act helps a person in recovery!
Now I hope this is written well enough to make sense, if not, my apology, I’ll be back to my normal self soon enough!
Take care readers!
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photo 2 by: 2breathe.com