Hello everyone! It has been one month exactly since my operation in May. That is so crazy to me and the time has flown by. I’m about a third of the way through the recovery process but honestly I am feeling really good, so I thought I would share a few things with you about what it has been like recovering from major surgery.
The first week of recovery was really, really difficult. I felt drained physically and emotionally and my body was not cooperating with me at all. I had real difficulty with gas pain and my chest felt like it was permanently being crushed. I was waking up in the middle of the night and I couldn’t eat much. However, after lots of peppermint tea, healthy eating and forcing myself to walk when possible, this passed after about a week and a half, and I started feeling more human.
The second week, I definitely did not rest enough and I pushed myself quite a bit. Luckily, this did not cause too many issues but my stitches became quite raw and sore which is part normal, but part likely my fault for moving to quickly. I needed a hot water bottle and painkillers quite a lot in the second week.
The third week was where I was really seeing improvement and I am completely off pain killers at this point. I could walk further than before and stand for longer periods of time- admittedly not a very long time but it was progress. Emotionally, I felt incredible. That has been the biggest success following surgery as it has given me an overwhelming sense of joy, gratefulness and relief. The swelling had massively gone down by this point and I was thoroughly enjoying being over a stone lighter and being able to wear all the clothes I want!
Week Four Up Until Today!
I had a normal healthy period, which was a really good sign as I had my left ovary and fallopian tube fully removed and part of my right ovary removed. I didn’t have that much pain either which was a huge bonus! It came as scheduled which was great because I didn’t get any unexpected surprises…
Physically I feel amazing, but I know I am not fully there yet. I feel a bit weak and my incision still needs more time to heal before I can return to a lot of activities, including work. My checkup is in 10 days and I am going to ask my surgeon if I can go back to the gym. I am desperate to work out and build up strength where I can. My health is so important to me so I am crossing my fingers and toes that I am allowed. Mentally, I feel really good too. I miss work, but I know I can not go back yet due to the nature of my job, and I am looking forward to the future as I have lots of exciting things happening this year. After recovery, I am going to be focusing on my fitness journey as it will be the best possibly time to kick my butt into gear, do my squats, eat more veggies and put my body and health first for good.
I have felt overwhelmed at times because although my recovery is going extremely well, I feel a little impatient because I want to do so much when I can not, but I know that If I carry on how I am going, I will be back to normality in no time. My boyfriend, best friends and family have constantly been supporting me, and it is not all bad because my being at home all the time means spending lots of time with my kitty, Gustavo. I truly and very happy and glad that this will all be over soon.
Thats it for my little update! Thank you for reading and make sure to follow so you never miss a post!
Lots of love,