John 15

John 15
‘I am the vine, you are the branches'

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Post PAO Week 2

I have made it past the drug induced state of week one phasing into week 2.  While I still have pain and limited mobility, I am starting to see improvements.  I have been able to reduce my pain medicine to just before PT and at night.  Because of the reduced pain, I am also able to push the limits a bit with my crutches trying to learn how to do things on my own. I have found a cross over backpack to be my best friend.  I can throw small items in it and sling it over my back when I move locations.  I am still sleeping a lot, but with short bursts of energy in-between.  Mornings are really rough as I wake up super stiff and it hurts to move. I tend to lay on my BioMat for a good 30 minutes before getting out of bed.

PT is going well.  She introduced some new exercises this week that likely attributed to my increased pain.  However, it feels really good to get on my bike with the resistance level set to zero. There I am cheesing super big below!  

My mental outlook throughout all this has been positive thus far.  Perhaps being faced with living a life of chronic pain and doctors become your new social calendar has helped me to see this surgery in a more positive light. I realize the next six to nine months will have it's ups and downs, but at least I know I'm on the other side.  I really am looking forward to the day when my appointments decrease and I can slowly put my personal and professional life back together.  However, until then, I will be thankful for all that I have.  I have become humbled. God has graced not only me, but my family with so much. Yes, we might have less than we did a year ago and yes, I might be less mobile, but the future is so bright and optimistic. 

As for Post PAO week 2 tips and tricks. Take the pain medication if you are in pain. It allows your body to rest and grown stronger.  Continue to try and move every hour and do what you can with your post op exercises. Expect to be tired in week two.  This is a major surgery and the body needs time to rest and heal.  On your good days, figure out ways that you can gain independence.  Eat healthy meals with lots of protein.  Your body needs the nutrition to heal. Oh and drink lots of water, it will help push the toxins out of the body and force you to get up and move.  I highly recommend listening to meditation CD's.  Meditating does help to reduce the pain.  For further information on how meditation can affect your brain, check out this article from Scientific America  Meditation.  I have also picked a few independent bible studies I can do on my own. Staying in God's word is important and for me, I find that being able to study the bible through self picked bible studies has helped to keep my mind positively focused. Proverbs 31 ministries is also a great page to like on FB. You can sign up for daily devotional emails as well as join one of the many on-line bible studies that are offered there.  

Overall, my expectations are still low.  Recovery from this type of surgery really varies from person to person.  Because of this, I refuse to put myself on any timeline of what I should and shouldn't be able to do. I will be concerned at the six month mark if I can't move my leg.  Until then, progress will happen when my body is ready for it to happen.  

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