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What is your definition of "taking it easy"? What is your definition of "taking it easy"?

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Unread 01-13-2012, 04:03 PM
Re: What is your definition of "taking it easy"?

Yes! I agree with you Keltec, Monet37, and Noche. I am 4 weeks post op, and consider myself a strong woman. I was able to bounce back from other procedures, and have a high tolerance for pain. I am like many of us who take pride in being self-sufficent, and go-getters. Pre-surgery I was very active, so this concept of "rest" was really foreign.

However, I have learnedto listen to my body and cool-out. One short trip to the market means two full days in bed.

Rest and celebrate the future without pain and pads!��
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Unread 01-13-2012, 04:18 PM
Re: What is your definition of "taking it easy"?

The more I understand anatomy and exactly what was done to our bodies during our surgery, the more humble I become about pushing myself too hard too soon. The part we can see (in my case, an 8" incision where 18 staples used to be) is NOTHING compared to what happened inside, and there is a lot of internal healing to be done!

Pushing now is like asking someone who had multiple leg fractures to go skiing a week later. I can get queasy if I look at photo images of surgeries, and I would not foist them on other people. But I will be emphasizing that "40% recovered at 6 weeks, 80% recovered at 6 months, and about a year for 100% recovery" to anyone who implies I should be more active right now.

I have no overnight trips planned till June and no long car trips either. Since I tend to want to hibernate in winter anyway, this was the best time for me to go through this whole experience and I am taking advantage of it for as long as possible.

I know invitations can be tempting (and loved ones know how to play on our heartstrings to get buy-in for their plans), so I know you may end up going outside your comfort zone. Please, though, try to have a plan B so that you can quietly withdraw if you get overwhelmed. (Such as, if spending the day a t a friend's house, mention that you may want to lie down in their guest room for awhile during your visit.) DH understands that if we are running errands in the car, I may not be getting out with him at all of the stops.

Good luck and remember how much better you will be feeling later on if you take care of yourself during recovery now.
Unread 01-13-2012, 04:28 PM
Re: What is your definition of "taking it easy"?

One thing that I found was that sitting upright for long periods made my insides feel quite uncomfortable, as compared to either walking around or lounging with my feet up. This made socialising activities more difficult in the early weeks, so it is best not to plan long days out.
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Unread 01-14-2012, 04:10 AM
Re: What is your definition of "taking it easy"?

I'm the egoistic type.

I do what I feel I should be doing (what my body is OK with), or, rather, even less, because I'm afraid to overdo it.

If my husband is bored, he's an adult and can care for himself. He can go places, if he wants. I don't feel obliged to follow.

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