Posts tagged with: Surgery

Seventeen lemons

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I feel like my life just threw seventeen lemons in my direction.
I took eight and made lemonade out of them.
I took four and threw them back … I don’t need those.
I took three and made lemon meringue pie out of them. Tasty, right?
The other two lemons? They’re in my lap. I’m wondering what I’m supposed to do with them, and just kinda sitting, waiting, watching, and holding on.

In other news, five weeks post surgery I’m feeling good. I’m FINALLY feeling almost normal. I can’t wait to start training again next week! Woo hoo!

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Running Gear

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I’m not allowed to start running until April 28th. That will be six weeks post-surgery, and I am already counting down because sitting on my bum (at least until the 14th) is killing me. I’ve resorted to looking lustfully at new running gear even though on the 28th, I’ll be putting on my favorite pair of Saucony‘s (Grid Fusion 2 – although I will need a new pair soon and may spring for a the ProGrid Hurricane 10) and busting out the hot shorts to take off on a GENTLE run. Yes Dr. Surgeon, I will run gently at first. Promise.

Until then I lust.
*lucy’s impact knee pants
*Nike‘s Dri-FIT Cold/Wind Women’s Running Vest
*Nike’s Dri-FIT Soft Hand Long-Sleeve Women’s Running Baselayer
*UnderArmour‘s Achieve “Mid” Short (mine are falling apart because I wear them under all my workout shorts!)

What kind of workout gear are you lusting after?

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10 post-surgery realizations

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As I write this I am 10 days post-surgery. I have all sorts of holes in my body that I did not opt to have put there (technically) and wish that at least one of them had a ring or a bar in it. My nose, soon enough, will have something. Can’t wait to be one-hundred-percent healed!

Realizations about the last ten days include:

1. I have watched more movies than should be legally allowed. Unless you’ve had surgery of course.
2. I missed four full days of work but don’t feel guilty about it.
3. I also have had to leave work early twice this week during healing and don’t feel guilty about that anymore either.
4. Guilt gets me no where.
5. On Wednesday and Thursday I’ve had some “breakthrough” pain that was bad enough to make me gasp and at one point I was in tears. My doc wants me to take my pain meds like I was told. He thinks this could be the problem.
6. I am not Wonder Woman.
7. I am not Super Woman either.
8. I wish I were one or the other. That’d be fun.
9. Asking for help is hard, but worth it. Without it I would probably have torn stitches, still be miserable, and my friends would hate me for not admitting I needed help.
10. I am ready to feel normal again. I am tired of not feeling well, tired of being tired, tired of not being able to exercise and tired of not being me!

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Umbilical hernia

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As you’re reading this right now, I’m either still in surgery for or recovering from an umbilical hernia repair surgery. Not quite the way that I wanted to spend my Tuesday, but it has to be done. The pain was unbearable and annoying and eating only worsened it. People have to eat and most people like to do it without pain. Plus, the hernia-induced bloat made my pants so uncomfortable that this will all be worth it in the end!

I’m having a

Benefits of Minimally Invasive (Laparoscopic) Repair

* shorter operative time
* less pain
* shorter recover period

I’m dealing with a “minimally invasive (laparoscopic) hernia repair” which will then be reinforced with mesh and secured with tacks. Yes, tacks. Gross, right? Three small (well, one is 12mm and the other two are 5mm) incisions will be made, I’ll be filled with carbon dioxide gas, and a camera with a light will be stuck inside me to close and attach the mesh. Ick.

The next few posts have been pre-posted, so hopefully you enjoy the rest of the yoga moves for women! Be well!

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Serious Health Issues

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I am dealing with some serious health issues. I will be having surgery within the next couple of weeks but hope to get back into the swing of blogging normally once I feel more like my regular ‘ol self! Please please be patient and I’ll be home soon!

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Blogging – it’s good for you

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Blogging – it’s good for you: Scientific American has released an article showing that blogging is a healthy activity. Not only can you make a few extra dollars a month, writing can improve memory and sleep, boost your immune cell activity, can speed healing after surgery and even reduce the viral load in AIDS patients. I am blown away that such a free and easy-to-do thing can tackle such health issues.

One thing in the article that made me giggle is the fact that “blogging might trigger [a] dopamine release similar to stimulants like music, running and looking at art.”Apparently, blogging, like running, can give you a “high.”

Do you blog? Do you feel better after you blog? Do you think that sharing your emotions and feelings is truly healthful for you?

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