I wanted to add a little update on my progress so my story doesn’t stop on the forum…and to hopefully help others in the same boat.
It’s taken 4 months to start to feel ok-ish and for my belly to be a bit more comfortable and smaller in the morning. It doesn’t take much to set it off again, but finally I am seeing a reduction. I’m not yet in my old clothes but my figure is a bit more recognisable now.
Mentally I’m having moments where I can forget this has happened, which is wonderful. It’s not there all of the time, but still about 98%! Having those tiny breaks is wonderful and a sign I’m slowly getting there.
I’m becoming rather frightened about some situations, like seeing people I haven’t for ages etc and wondering what to say to them. I’m going to start work next week, just 2 hours in the office in the morning then a couple of hours from home. I’m excited about this, but also anxious.
Standing or sitting for too long is uncomfortable but swimming is getting better and really helping me.
I’ve not even attempted any intimacy with my poor man yet, I don’t even know where to start on that one and I’m awaiting a counselling appointment for it.
I’d say for anyone having the abdominal surgery…this is a hard recovery but it does get better, from speaking to people having had this op it does take a couple of months more than keyhole to get to the milestones they give you. Take it steady!
This forum has been a total inspiration and wonderful source of advice for me, so thank you to everyone who contributes