In the last few weeks, I've been sharing my experience of undergoing mitral valve repair surgery. I've talked about making the decision, finding the surgeon, undergoing the surgery itself, and experiences in the hospital. In this post , I'd like to address the true nature of recovery.
What does recovery really mean?
To begin, there is a difference between recuperation, which is the process of resting and gaining back your strength, health and equilibrium, and recovery, which is by definition,"recovering" what you have lost with your illness, becoming "well" and being completely over it and ready to move on.
No question is asked more frequently than "How long did it take you to recover?" Most people who face any kind of surgery or illness want to know one thing: how long will it be until I'm myself again? We don't want to consider the possibility that we'll be anything but perfectly well and we want those results now.
Many parts of the body are involved in balance, including the eyes, inner ear, neck, trunk, and legs. Balance depends on the reflexes of each of these parts and the communication between them. An injury anywhere in this system can impact balance. As a major stabilizer of the knee joint, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is crucial to balance. If you tear your ACL, standing on one foot may be difficult. This is because the ligament loses its ability to steady the joint, and the tiny sensors in the knee ligaments, joints, and muscles have difficulty sending information about the joint's position. Balancing becomes a challenge. But what if you have ACL surgery? Will your balance return to normal? This study involved 25 patients with mainly sports-related ACL injuries. Eight of the patients were women; 17 were men. Their average age was 27. All of the patients had ACL reconstruction surgery. After surgery, half of them wore casts, and the other half wore braces and started exercises righ...
I would like to tell you that I woke up in recovery from my hysterectomy feeling fantastic but that would be a lie. I was in pain! It was rough the first day but by the second I was up and walking around. My hysterectomy was done abdominally so I had a incision much like you would have after a c-section. Thankfully my previous c-section "taught" be how to move without causing additional pain so I was more mobile than with the c-section.
At less than two weeks out I was able to sit and watch my daughter's school play but that lone activity literally wore me out! The pain improved very gradually from then on as did the bleeding. I had one of the common complications after hysterectomy, bladder infection, and felt like a new woman once the antibiotics kicked in.
I am 7 weeks out now and have started working out again and find the only real issue is fatigue and some left over soreness. By the end of the day I am pretty much "done" and am only recently finding the reserve ene...
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