3.02.2014

Post Op Observations

I REALLY love sleeping on my tummy and I HATE sleeping on my back.  When I am forced to sleep on my back all night my butt is literally sore when I wake up.  After 2 weeks side sleeping was more comfortable but I cannot wait to get back on my stomach.  I don't know now pregnant women do it.

I'm perfectly content doing nothing.  During my the 23 days off I left the house exactly 7 times.  I did not at any time become bored with staying home.  Not surprising.  I'm a classic introvert.

My purse is ridiculously heavy.  One day I was trying to get it out of my car and it actually strained my belly.  What the hell is in there?  The thing is that there really isn't much.  My what's in my purse post would be so boring, but dang it sure is heavy.  I need to figure out what's going on.

My husband still sends me flowers even though we have all but sworn of Valentine's day and don't really celebrate anniversaries either.  As expected I came back to work and was hit with a crap ton of work.  This is our busiest time of year so I knew it was coming.  As soon as I got there it was non stop and it really sucked to be there.  Just when the pain was hitting me I got a 1st day back at work flower delivery from MJ.  It was so sweet and it felt so much sweeter receiving it on that day then getting it on Valentine's Day ever would.

MJ is truly AMAZING!!  I already knew that but this is just additional confirmation.  He picked up the slack around the house without complaint AND he thinks I'm hot.  Even with my Buddha belly and sexy surgical tape he tells me how hot I am and it really means a lot to me.  All of this on top of no sex.  It had to be said.  The man is a saint.

I might be an adult but I am still my mother's child.  My parents were right there the day after and my mom was constantly checking up on me to see how I was doing and asking me if there was anything that I needed.
I did not get this dress but if enough people tell me it's cute I might go back for it
Sitting upright in a chair for 8 hours is harder work then you might think.  My first day back at work was really hard.  The belt came off.  The top button came undone.  Then the zipper came down.  By 11am my belly was hurting pretty bad to the point where if it didn't get better I'd have to go home.  I took a motrin and it got better so I toughed it out.  Tuesday was better but then Wednesday felt worse.  I sit down in front of a computer all day long so I didn't think it would be this hard to go back.  Now I know how silly it was for me to think I could go back after two weeks when I probably really need at least four. 

Leggings, dresses and boots is a work fashion do.  I've never much been into dresses let alone dresses with boots so this is all new to me.  I bought 6 new dresses at Old Navy and a bunch of leggings and tights from Kohl's.  I don't plan on wearing regular pants to work for awhile.  A totally justified shopping spree!! If I have to be there I might as well be comfortable and now I will have even more options for getting dressed in the morning. 

Wearing Uggs is another work fashion do.  I've never worn  them before because it seemed too unprofessional but when I reached for my shoes on Friday morning I didn't care.  Its been too warm to wear them lately but It was rainy and cold and they were lucky I showed up to work dammit!  Turns out it's not a big deal just like I knew it wouldn't be since we don't have a dress code.  Nobody looked at me funny.  I'm still not sure how cute Uggs are but they make my feet feel good.  I think I'm going to make a habit of it.  They don't call it casual Friday for nothing. 

The world won't end if I miss work for 3 weeks and use up a whole bunch of my sick hours.  My duties at work were shuffled around and when I came back I was able to dig right in and pick up where I left off.  I had the hardest time letting go of those hours but I hardly ever call in sick anyways.  I will build up my reserves again.

I may have a prescription drug addict lurking inside of me.  Those hydrocodone pills are the bomb!  I stopped taking them at night after two weeks but I took them again last week.  I could still justify taking them because I do still have some pain but mainly they are awesome sleeping pills.  I did not sleep well on Sunday night and I could not spend a week of work and not sleeping well so I did what I had to do.  As soon as those waves swept over my body I was out like a light in a nice deep sleep and still felt refreshed in the morning.  I picked up some over the counter sleeping pills over the weekend so I'll switch over to that but I will miss the good stuff.
 
Don't believe everything you read.  I read so many horror stories on the internet but I worked myself up over nothing.  The surgery itself went very smoothly and recovery hasn't been that bad.  It's been up and down.  I felt so good so fast and then it just leveled off so that after the two week mark I started to get frustrated that I wasn't 100% back to normal yet.  I think I can do more then I can and then don't realize I've pushed myself until after I've already done it.  I still have some aches and pains and my stomach still swells up after I move around a lot.  I'm doing really well overall and with time I expect to be back to normal.

I am brave.  Kind of.  I get worked up if I skin my knee and I'm terrified of spiders.  For a wimp I think I handled this okay.  MJ may beg to differ.  There is something about facing a surgery and coming out okay on the other side that makes me feel that maybe I'm not quite as wimpy as I thought.

Modern medicine is amazing.  My incisions are tiny and barely visible.  When I look at my doctor I'm amazed.  She is young, pretty, obviously very smart and knows how to operate on someone through tiny holes.  She literally takes peoples lives in her hands.  My mind is boggled by the concept that such a thing can be done and that there are people in the world capable of learning it.  


23 comments :

Whitney Cypert said...

So glad your week back at work wasn't too bad! So sweet of MJ to send you flowers, but it doesn't surprise me. He loves you so much! I think you are very brave to have gone through this surgery, didn't chicken out, and now you are on the mend. The thought of surgery scares me but you are right, modern medicine is crazy and can do so many things that help with the process. I still wear my Uggs every now and then. They are just way too comfortable!

jackie jade said...

that's good you survived your first week back to work. i'm so jealous of your uggs and leggings for work. I wish I could dress comfier at work sigh. and your husband sounds like an awesome guy :)

Christine said...

Glad life is starting to get back to normal! Hope you're feeling 100% like your old self soon! And how sweet of your hubby to send your flowers, sounds like a keeper ;)

cashanamusings said...

The first week back to work can be a challenge. I remember when I had a follow up appointment and didn't realize they were going to dilate my eyes I came to work after and when I turned on my computer and couldn't see anything I burst into tears. I didn't want to use anymore leave and I thought I was ready. Lesson learned. Glad things are looking up.

Law_Fal said...

So happy your first week went well! Onward to the road towards full recovery!!!!

A Life Less Traveled said...

I'm so happy to hear your return to work went well. Sounds like you have an awesome husband with the flowers.

Lauren W said...

So glad your first week back to work went well! That was so sweet of MJ to send you flowers :)

Faith said...

MJ is awesome! Love that he sent you flowers on your first day back to work. Talk about lifting your spirit.

And go back for that dress. I think it looks fabulous on you!

Tomes Edition said...

What a wonderful husband MJ is! One week down and it will only get easier from here.

Erika said...

glad to hear you're doing better!

Jasmine Hellogmsunshine said...

Glad that you survived your first week back at work. Trust me, I feel you on the stomach sleeping. Sometimes I forget I am not preggers any more and still sleep on my sides. When I remember, thats when I enjoy my stomach sleeping THAT much more.

Sunny said...

glad your recovery is going good, hope you feel 100% soon! your hubby sounds like such a huge help, you chose well! ;)

Susannah said...

I'm glad your surgery went well and that your hubby is doing a wonderful job of treating you like a princess! :-) I hope you heal up soon and are back to living life normally!

Jenny said...

Hope you're feeling 100% soon!! But glad everything went well!!

Andiepants said...

Hooray for feeling good enough to go back to work...BOOOOO for feeling good enough to go back to work. HA!
You and I both are classic introverts!!! I am glad you survived! I know what you mean about uggs, there are not the preferred shoes to go to work in, but they are super comfy!
xoxo

Mrs. Pancakes said...

So glad you are back...and how awesome that your co-workers picked up the slack where they needed...I love places like that!! And yahhh for MJ being amazing...that's always refreshing!!

Ashley R said...

Aw, I hope you get to 100% soon and take it extra easy in the meantime. Modern medicine seriously amazes me too!

Sarah said...

Glad you are on the mend! Prayers for 100% soon!

You should get that dress, it's super cute!

Hallie Oceanside said...

I am glad you are doing so well! :)

annnd I love that dress, I say get it!

Ameena said...

I had to wear Uggs to work due to smashing my foot in a revolving door...I'm with you C.

Glad you are hanging in there! I'm sure it's not easy to go back. 21 days is a long time.

Catherine Gacad said...

amazing observations of a life well-lived!

Janna Renee said...

I knew MJ would take care of you! Glad your parents did too. Everyone keeps asking how I'm doing alone/not working in Alabama, and I'm perfectly fine. I'm just like you, I can completely entertain myself!

As for the dress, I think you look adorable, but I'm picky about B&W stripes. Those are little pirson garb to me. Either way, you could pull it off if you go it ;)

Kim Jackson said...

"Knows how to operate through tiny holes". LOL. You're so funny! Hope by now that you're feeling much much better. xx

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