10 Tips For Recovering From Surgery And Not Dying of Boredom
March & April 2015 Resolutions Update
I know it looks like I’ve been a slacker for March and April but I’ve been working on one of my biggest resolutions, “being fearless”.
I had major surgery in March. I am the biggest baby when it comes to anything medical so I am very proud of myself, despite the odd moments of panic.
Because I am easily bored and wasn’t going to be able to sit much for 8 weeks, I had a weekly plan. Here are some tips to make your recovery easier and more entertaining.
10 Tips For Recovering From Surgery and Not Dying of Boredom
- Keep your pajamas on at all times (hopefully cute new pj’s)!!! Apparently one of my superpowers is to look a bit too healthy after major surgery. Wearing your pajamas is a visual reminder to
your familyeveryone that you are on the injured list.
- Get a pedicure before your surgery. You are going to be looking at your bare feet a lot and it will make you feel like you are keeping up appearances in at least one area. I live in SoCal and wear polish year-round so I went the opposite way. I took off my polish and gave my naked toenails a two month vacation, slathering them with coconut oil.
- Go off the grid. You need your rest to heal and gain your strength back. Let your family, friends, church and social media know that you are off-line. If you feel like reaching out, everyone will be pleasantly surprised.
- If you are lucky enough to have “get well” flowers and chocolate-covered strawberries delivered to your door, take a picture and text it to the sender so they know they’ve arrived and that they are gorgeous.
- Fill a basket with everything you are going to need so you don’t have to annoy your caregiver. Mine includes nail scissors, nail file, all my meds, wet wipes, chapstick, scissors, pencil, pen, and floss. I got longer charging cords for my Kindle and phone so I could lie down and have plenty of cord length. Also, keep a small wastepaper basket near you.
- Use a breakfast tray. They are invaluable when eating in bed or on the couch.
- Take a bath or shower every day. There is nothing that will make you feel better and it also helps to remove toxins. Then slather yourself with Bath & Body Works body cream. Dry brushing with a dry brush or garshana gloves will help remove toxins, exfoliate, and improve your circulation.
- Get some sunshine and practice your daily affirmations. You’ve got big things going on with your body and you need to have your mind focused as well. I have my daily affirmations on my computer, on my Kindle and on my phone so they are never far from me.
- Work on another goal while you are home healing. A few years ago I was stuck at home for several months from a radical hysterectomy for uterine cancer and some complications that came with it. I felt like the only thing I could control was my hair so I decided to cut my hair super short and stop dyeing it. Think Carol from “The Walking Dead”, only shorter. I re-emerged into the world with my natural hair. Sure I looked like a Holocaust survivor for a few more months but I love not having to dye my hair.
- Take an on-line class. Craftsy, Creative Live, and Beaducation all have free on-line classes and some paid classes. While I’ve been convalescing I’ve worked my way through a jewelry business class I purchased several months ago.
- Lose a few pounds.
- Try out a new hairstyle.
- Plan out your next vacation.
- Change your eating habits.
- Clean out your old e-mails.
- Watch the Netflix movies/documentaries you’ve been meaning to watch. I loved Supermensch, the documentary by Mike Myers about his manager Shep Gordon.
- Have a recovery plan. I divided my recovery into weeks and I had each week planned out.
- Weeks #1 : Napping, Netflix bingeing, reading Zombie books (my naughty secret), and eating whatever I wanted.
- Week #3: Started back on daily green juices , supplements, a good probiotic and healthier eating. Your body needs good nutrition to heal. Watched several healthy documentaries on Netflix to keep me on track. I highly recommend Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Hungry for Change, Fed Up and Food, Inc.
- Weeks #4-#8: Catch up on my jewelry business books and health books. I’ve also taken an on-line class, reorganized my Pinterest boards, done daily facial exercises, micro-needling with a derma roller and my Facemaster (did I mention I was vain?), and planned out my blog posts through the summer.
My biggest reason to heal and get back on my feet was A NEW GRANDBABY!!! Miss Hannah was born a week after my surgery.
Luckily I had finished my new line of vintage assemblage dog tag bracelets right before my surgery, which made me very happy. I will be talking more about my new line in future posts.
Drop me a line and let me know what projects you’ve been working on lately. Full disclosure: I always make “lose a few lbs.” one of my goals. No, it didn’t happen, but a girl can dream. Peace out Girl Scouts~