I interrupt this chronological history for an update. It's been two weeks since the surgery and people are continually asking me, "how are you feeling?" I know they are asking because they care and don't know what else to say, I tell people, "A little better every day" because that is true, but when I say a little better, I mean a tiny bit. It's quite amazing really how slow this recovery is. The incision still pains me and I suppose that makes sense since there are multiple sutures involved. There are dissoluble sutures inside and the staple locations for the outside skin. The 29 staples were removed last week and now I have tape there, very sticky tape with everything scabbing up nicely underneath.
I am pleased to report that I am walking fully upright most times. This is important as when you have this large of an incision (mine is ~ 9") and you are in pain you have a tendency to walk a little hunched over. I am afraid this will shorten my abdominal muscles in the healing process so I try to be very cognizant of walking perfectly straight. I made it six blocks yesterday in my walk. I'm very proud of myself. I was able to do a pretty good speed as well. I've been walking everyday making a full block circle (3 actual blocks) after about 7 - 8 days. Of course, those were very slow walks but now I'm walking more normal speed.
I need to go to the drug store and find something to take off the sticky residual glue from all these bandages that were on my stomach. No matter how much I scrub it does not come off. I need some sort of goo off for skin.
So all in all, I'm doing fairly well. I feel I'm healing a little faster than most and I am grateful there are no issues with my incision. I'm also thrilled my urinary tract infection (antibiotic resistant) that I got in the hospital is pretty much gone. I still get tired very quickly and cannot really bend over to pick things up but all this will come. I will be glad when I can stop taking all these drugs. I'm on a stool softener (let me tell you how important that one is!), a very strong antibiotic for the urinary thing, and a Hepren like shot that I have to give myself every day to make sure I don't get blood clots. I hate that shot. It burns like a son of a bitch after I inject it.
Thanks for listening.