Days 9 to 11 – Turning the Corner

On day 9, I took a towel bath and, with my mom’s help, washed my  hair in the kitchen sink and I felt so much better. I was able to sit up in a chair and even sat on my couch (on a pillow).  I got a swelly belly by the evening and had to…

Days 7 and 8 – Working in Bed

I took a week off to adjust to the surgery and so, I had to return online after the Christmas holidays. I’m working from home for 6 weeks so I asked my mom to bring my laptop to my room so that I could work from bed which wasn’t too bad! I noticed small improvements each day…

Day 6 – Lady of Leisure

I was trying to figure out what was causing the pain when I walked and how to minimize it. The morning was definitely the best time for me to brush my teeth and hair, wash my face, etc.  because my blood wasn’t flowing that much after I as laying down in bed. I started doing all…

Day 5 – Sitting Up on Christmas

On Christmas Day, I opened up my presents from my boyfriend in bed. I got a welcome mat, a kitchen pad mat, and a magic bullet.  He made us cinnamon rolls in bed (!) and sausage. Once again, we just watched Christmas movies in bed. My lower abs were still swollen and numb today. I noticed…

Day 4 – Christmas Eve in Bed

My boyfriend came over Christmas eve (to relieve my mom from taking care of me) and we just laid in bed and watched TV which was really nice. However, I was still in a lot of pain and hated getting up out of bed to go to the bathroom because I couldn’t yet figure out…

Day 3 – Time to Go Home

Today is the day I went home. In the morning, I was still a little groggy and it still sucked getting out of bed. It took me around 5 minutes to simply sit up in bed. The only “improvement” was that I knew what actions to avoid because I knew that it would cause more…

Day 2 – Walking in Pain

The doctor said that the second day would  be the worst day of all and she was right. During my first night (between day 1 and day 2), the night nurse came in to check my blood pressure and temperature (for infection) as well as give me my dose of painkillers (norco).  The first day,…

Day 1 – After Surgery

The next thing I remember after being in the operating room was waking up and having a couple of nurses around me. The room was white and the lights were really bright so it must’ve been the recovery room. I remember saying “pain” whenever I felt it because my mom’s friend told me to say…

Day 1 – The Arrival

I woke up early to drink my 8oz. of water and then just finished packing.  My mom’s friend was going to drive us to the surgical center and I was starting to get nervous.  I was more nervous about the recovery than the actual surgery since I knew I’d be asleep for it. What sucked…

The Day Before

It’s important to just relax and rest the day before surgery. Take care of at least 1 to 1-1/2 weeks of tasks, errands, etc. because won’t be physically able to do things. The day before, I also had to go in and have blood drawn so that they know what my blood type is and…

Preparing Your Home Before Surgery

Knowing that I had to rest for a few weeks, I knew that I had to make my house comfortable so that I wouldn’t feel compelled to get up and clean.  Even though I’d have people over to help and stay with me, I didn’t want to burden them with my mess. I also wanted…

Fitness Prep

From the groups I joined, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to use my abdominal muscles at all during recovery because everyone was saying that their abs hurt. That means that I’d have to rely on my arms and legs to get in and out of bed, get up from chairs, etc. So, with…