I have learned a lot of lessons from this surgery that I will take with me from now on:
- I will never take another surgery lightly. I didn't think this one would be a big deal and because of that didn't plan well. For any future surgery, I will not assume that my body will immediately bounce back. Whether under anethesia for 8 hours or 30 minutes, my body needs time to get back to normal.
- Even though I like to think I have a high pain tolerance, if a doctor prescribes pain meds, it's an obvious sign that there will be pain involved and I should take them. This was my biggest problem with this surgery. For my mastectomy, I never woke up in intense pain. I kept on top of the pain meds taking them round the clock for the first while because I knew the pain would be bad. I should have done the same thing this time at least for the first day or two.
- Just because I start feeling better, it doesn't mean you actually are back to normal. On day 4 I posted that I really started to feel better. Which led to me thinking that on Day 5 I could do a lot of things that I shouldn't have like vacuum, pull the hose out around the yard to water the flowers, or let the girls bike during our walk which I know leads to trouble when one little girl's legs just get too tired. I knew that I have a lifting restriction of 8 pounds, but to me I justified it because pushing, pulling, or dragging is not lifting. Silly me spent Day 6 regretting all the actions of Day 5. I know better now. I will be taking it easy more. This is what happens in my house when I take it easy. One daughter dances and signs with the dog while the other sets up an obstacle course with every basket or box she can find while I read on the couch.