One Month Post Op Update: How Am I Doing?

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.

(For My Health Story- Click Here.  I am writing this post assuming you know why I had surgery, but if not you can follow the link  to find out why I had surgery! )

 

Week One

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Just Before I was Discharged From Hospital!

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.

Week Two

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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.

Week Three

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Out And  About!

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!

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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,

Elizabeth xox

 

 

 

 

10 Comments

  1. I just watched your video on your health journey. You are so lovely! I have had so many stomach issues these past couple of years and have been diagnosed with IBS. After hearing your story I feel like maybe I should continue seeing different doctors in case these issues are not due to IBS. So glad you are having a smooth recovery! xx

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  2. Kali says:

    I found your video about your surgery experience on youtube. I had a laparotomy on May 23rd, but my recovery has unfortunately been a lot slower than yours sounds and I don’t know anyone who’s been through this personally. I didn’t mind the catheter so much, but I had a stomach tube put in through my nose so my digestive system could rest, and that was absolutely awful.
    My laparotomy was due to intestinal blockages and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I was given a really high dose of steroids to combat the inflammation in my intestines and prevent more blockages from forming, and the steroids have been slowing down my healing process by quite a lot. They’ve also given me some really bad side effects–constant heartburn and insomnia (can’t seem to sleep more than five hours a night) are the worst of them. My dose is slowly being lowered in preparation for an MRE I’m getting in about two weeks, but I’m almost a month out and I still tire doing things like dusting, sweeping, walking up/down stairs, etc. I can’t reach above my head without pain, still have trouble going from sitting to standing or bending down and sitting upright hurts so I tend to recline more.
    Did you have staples at your incision site? I had 18 of them, which were supposed to be taken out one week post-surgery, but because the steroids slowed my healing down so much, they were just taken out this past Thursday, almost two weeks later. I thought things would be better after, that I would be able to wear pants again and move around more comfortably, but the wounds left behind are sore and painful, and I think the pain is actually a bit worse now than before the staples were removed. I’m also on a very restricted diet for Crohn’s, no fiber, no fruits/veggies, no grains, no legumes, no oil. My stomach is really swollen/bloated still from the surgery–though, I didn’t have cysts or anything before the surgery like you so I might just be noticing the swelling more or it might be a Crohn’s thing.
    Oh, and I’m sorry if I’ve bored you with the length of this!

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    • I’m so so sorry to hear of the pain you are in. I struggled to sleep for about two weeks but I know it’s different for everyone. I still can’t lay on my sides or anything but I wouldn’t say I have significant pain. I know a few people with Crohns and I know it’s quite a painful thing to go to, it does sound like all symptoms from severe crohns. Hopefully you will adjust to the medication, maybe it will just take time. I can’t wear trousers comfortably either, my stitches are still sore. I did not have staples, mine was glued and sewn shut with dissolvable stitches. My surgery was on the 16th and my swelling has not fully gone yet either. It sounds as if the issues you are experiencing are mostly due to Crohns but I was told by my surgeon that it can take up to three months to recover fully from a Laparotomy so we are both only a third of the way through I guess. Don’t be sorry! I’m so glad you’ve got in contact, I truly hope you feel better soon and if you ever want to talk, feel free to drop me a message! Xxx

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