Woo! We survived two weeks of recovery! Lots of good stuff is happening! I had my first post-op visit with my surgeon’s assistant yesterday. For some reason I thought I was going to get to start my cycling program but apparently I was jumping the gun and have to wait another 3 weeks before I get on the bike.
While I didn’t get to start my cycling program, I do get to lose the crutches and just use them if I’m feeling overly tired or sore. He also gave me a couple stretches. I’m starting with a very very short lunge to stretch out my hipflexor. I will gradually work up to a full lunge. Next week, I’ll start incorporating a seated pigeon to work the other side. Yay! Bring on the stretching.
The nurse also removed my stitches. This was actually pretty unpleasant since my skin had healed over the stitches. I also have a little gu and redness that the PA said may or may not be infected. We agreed that I would wait until Monday to fill the prescription and see if my incisions clear up. In the mean time, I’m putting raw honey on my battle wounds as prescribed by Dr. Krause (my naturopath).
Speaking of Dr. Krause, I also started acupuncture yesterday. Love me some acupuncture. Dr. Krause is wonderful in so many ways. It is the first time in my adult life that I’ve had a doctor that listened to me. While she is not a vegan, she supports me in my diet and when we’re discussing diet for particular outcomes (healing, reproductive health, etc), she adapts my plan to my diet. The goal of the acupuncture is to stimulate circulation and white blood cell production to promote healing. She also gave me a mini-massage with some healing oils. My left leg was pretty tight since it has been in charge of holding my weight the last two weeks. Recovering is going to mean taking care of my whole self! If you live in Tacoma and are looking for a primary care giver, naturopath or acupuncturist—you should give her a call.
How I’m feeling 2 weeks post op:
- Pain level is still pretty low. I’m returning to some normal activities such as house work and grocery shopping.
- I am maintaining my high plant protein, high anti-inflammatory diet with a few cheats. Food is an amazing healer!
- My anxiety level is still pretty low but has raised a little since taking on more responsibility. What if, instead of returning to my lightning fast pace, I go slower and do less?