I'm 13 weeks post surgery now and please be assured that it really does get better every week. I would say in the early stages I took it really easy, in terms of I did not lift anything heavy, vacuum or change beds for at least 5 weeks. I did nothing but walk and rest and go out for lunch! I drove on week 4 but felt like I could have on week 3. As soon as I got home from hospital I made sure a did at least a 30 minute walk every morning. Even if it took me forever I pushed myself and made myself do it. Then by week 3 I walked daily for 1 hour or sometimes twice a day an hour at a time. I might then come home and fall asleep for an hour but walking stretched me out and got my blood flowing. So if your active and then worn out, don’t worry about it, just have a nap. Just don’t lay down all day every day for the next 6 weeks or you will feel really crap. I really really think this helped get me better so much quicker. So if you can manage it give it a go. My op was in July so I had the best time of year to go out walking and then lay on sun lounger, so I know this weather and dark nights might not make you feel like getting out but do try. I went back to work after 6 weeks. I’m also back to the gym doing spinning, body pump etc (week 7). I still get a bit of swelling but apart from that I feel really good and will get this checked out next Friday at my 3 month check (my GP said it was normal at this stage). Here are a few more tips that really helped:
· Drink loads of water and cranberry juice and eat as healthy as you can (including a bit of chocolate and err wine, I’m not a saint! Ha ha)
· Take your pain relief on a set schedule
· When you can have a bath use Epsom salts. They are brilliant for swelling and make your skin nice and soft
· Use Bio Oil on your scars. Mine are tiny and faint. I quite like them now!
· Get a lymphatic drainage massage (again, amazing and just gets the lymph system moving)
· No Lifting!!
· Make the most of your time off work and be kind to yourself
· Wear your sexy DVT socks when not active (I know, but they help)!!
Everyone recovers at a different pace so you will know what your body can and cannot do. So don’t beat yourself up if things take you longer to do. I think it helps to get yourself in a bit of a routine. I also do not have children to look after, so my regime was easy for me to do but may not be for someone who has little ones. The important thing is to realise that you are going to have to be selfish at this stage. You have to focus on yourself and make sure you do everything to get yourself better as quickly as possible. I really hope this helps. Tess xxx