Feb 3, 2013
Hey There Cranky Pants
All has gone relatively well post surgery. Once the excess air that was pumped into my abdomen is gone and my digestive system begins functioning properly, everything will be even better.
Side note, if you ever have any abdominal surgery and your left shoulder begins hurting post surgery, it's a result of excess air. Yep, that's right. There's an air pocket in the left shoulder where excess air will take up residence and cause pain. What do you do to help this problem? Lie down, prop your feet up, and wait to "expel some air." Trust me here, it's true, it works, you can thank me later.
Friday was the last day I used the pain medication during the day. I do not like how it makes me feel, and it was making my digestive problems worse. I now only take it right before bed, and use ibuprofen during the day. Compared to having a c-section, this is a lot easier. I am finding I become tired very easily and basic household chores, like making the bed, have become a full fledged workout. I am working on finding the balance between movement and rest, though I typically err on the side of too much movement.
Yesterday, as I sat in the recliner, I found myself fighting off negative emotions. I do not like sitting all day, and do not like asking others to take care of things for me. I see the house needs to be vacuumed, I want to do it. However, the doctor's words telling me to not try to do such things for a week or two ring in my ears. Prolonging recovery is not in my plan. It is not easy to feel like I am failing in taking care of my family, which leads to more crankitude. While I know this is not my choice, I am more sensitive to their changing moods be they good or bad.
Tonight we will watch the Super Bowl with my parents, and enjoy the time together. Besides, moms always know how to make things better.