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Unread 03-29-2008, 04:33 PM
8 week swelly belly attack

Hello ladies,
I haven't been around here much lately. After about 6 weeks I started getting back to regular life, feeling good, etc.

Coming up on 8 weeks I pretty much forgot I had surgery, which is where the problem began. I got a bee in my bonnet last Friday, (not yesterday, the week before), and proceeded to haul and spread 15 bags of mulch. Then, because that wasn't stupid enough, on Saturday I went on a 10 mile hike. On Sunday, despite a world class case of shin splint and sore hips from hills, I did more yard work.

Needless to say, by Monday morning I was trashed, sore, my belly was totally swollen, and the swelling down below was back to making it painful to sit.

I'm over all my stupidity, but I realize now I have a ways to go to truly be over this surgery. Whether my brain remembers or not, my body is still reminding me.

I did start running later in the week and felt great putting on my running shoes and hitting the street, but I can only run a couple of minutes at a time and know it will be a long while before I'm back to the 7 I was doing in December.

So to all of you in the early weeks, take your time and don't be tempted to push too hard, you will get slapped right back!
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Unread 03-29-2008, 06:13 PM
8 week swelly belly attack

i hear ya!! i keep having to remind myself that I am still recovering.
Unread 03-29-2008, 06:25 PM
8 week swelly belly attack

The good news is, when you do something stupid, you do start getting over it faster
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Unread 03-30-2008, 04:27 AM
8 week swelly belly attack

Hope you haven't injured something... How much did the bags of mulch weigh? I know what it is like to want to get back to normal, but remember there are still internal stitches that need the time to heal.
Unread 03-30-2008, 05:56 AM
8 week swelly belly attack

I keep feeling better and fall into that cycle of going and doing and then crashing. I still get a reminder once in a while with a tug of the internal stiches to slow down. I am going to help my husband build my photostudio today, but I will pace myself.
Unread 03-30-2008, 04:57 PM
8 week swelly belly attack

Hi Patie O,
The mulch was under my weight limit for post surgery, and after my check up at 4 weeks my doc told me I could do what ever I felt I was up to. It didn't hurt at the time, nor did I have acute pain like I had popped something, just general swelling.

I walked 12 miles yesterday and had a bit of swelly belly again, but not as bad as last week. It was the lifting that got to me. When the rain stops and I can do more yard work, I'll open the bags on the ground and scoop half a bag at a time into the wheelbarrow.

You are a whole month behind me! I was barely feeling normal at that point!

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