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Posted 21-02-2012 at 14:29 by lettie

So, as I said originally, this relaxation malarkey takes a bit of getting used to.

The first week home was easy enough. Sparks had taken a week off work to look after me (cough), actually he was assisting the joiner who had come to do a load of woodwork for us. This assistance consisted of beeswaxing all of the new architraves, door frames doors etc. as well as other odd jobs that needed doing. I did get the odd brew and offer of food, but couldn't really face it.
To be completely fair to Sparks, he has done more than his fair share of running me here, there and everywhere in the car, over the last few weeks, and he's made a lovely job of the woodwork.

I was no company really for the first few days. I would intermittently nod off. The joiner would have the sander or electric saw making a racket and I would just sleep right through it where I was sat. I didn't want to eat anything. I would manage a bit of cereal mid-morning, but very often, that would be it for the day. Then, 5 days after the op, a miracle happened. I woke up starving hungry and that has been the theme ever since. I can't stop eating, especially the stuff which gave me pain. One of my friends brought me cheese instead of flowers, and it has gone the way of all the other food in the me.

Due to falling asleep during the day, I would often be wide awake at 3 or 4am. I would get up, have a drink and a shower, potter round a bit and, nod off at lunch time. It actually took 2-3 weeks for my sleep pattern to improve and the tiredness is only just improving now. I used the early morning times to search the papers online, especially the announcements. I never found an obituary for Linda so, I'd like to think she made it..

In the last week, I have started going out for little walks. My little walks usually involve a jaunt up the Coppice, I was trying to do this regularly in order to keep fit before the op. The first time I did it post-op, I was fagged out when I got home. Not in pain but knackered. Prior to that, I had been on a few smaller walks, into town or to Asda for small articles, not much uphill involved.

I feel like I'm getting back into my stride now though. I have had another walk up the Coppice today. I am not as quick getting up there as I normally am, but my pace is starting to come back and I am less tired. I get the odd nervy type pain in the right side of my upper abdomen but it only lasts a second and is probably just stuff settling down.

Bit by bit things are getting back to normal. I tried to be as fit as I could be prior to the op, it was, after all, supposed to be elective. I believe that you have to be relatively fit for surgery, that you recover better and believe me, I am bouncing back now.....
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    Margaret Pilkington's Avatar
    Take your time AMP used to say 'hasten slowly'.
    It takes time....the cuts maybe small but the op was a biggish one....and inside takes time to recover....yes, I know I am preaching to the converted....working for the NHS isn't like working for M& discount for the workers!
    Recuperate...see if you can get away for a few'll do you a power of good.
    Posted 21-02-2012 at 14:59 by Margaret Pilkington Margaret Pilkington is offline
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    cashman's Avatar
    agree a few days away chilling if yeh can, Build up slowly Let, i got the T-shirt.
    Posted 21-02-2012 at 18:13 by cashman cashman is offline

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