Imagine my surprise to see your post again today!
As far as your pain compared to your friends and what your able to do after surgery, I think some people feel pain more than others, I know that if your on thyroid meds a person can be more sensitive to pain, I know I am. One little bump and it feels like someone took a hammer to me. I heal slower too, or least it feels like it because of the sensitivity.
When going to the loo(as you say), at least your not having that intense pain now. Must be a relief to know something is working.
Aren't those stockings for circulation lovely, and don't they leave nice indents in the skin. The kind I've worn before left lines in the skin and they would itch. FUN! Better than getting a blood clot though.
As far as the silk worm supplements, my sister was asking the same thing you are. 'Is this stuff really doing anything.'
Well yesterday I was helping her make a list, to take to her new doctor that she is going to today. She had to list all the nutrients and prescriptions and why she was taking the product. We got to the silk worm enzyme and she asked me what she should write down for it. I said, 'Didn't I print out a bunch of different sites that explained what the enzyme worked on in the body?'
Well she found the printouts I gave to her, and she was reading them for the first time since her surgery, she was very surprised to see that it does all kinds of things to help her heal.
If you have a printer, I'd suggest you search for any information on it and print it out, this way you don't have to sit at the computer to read what you find.
I printed 5 different articles for her, stapled them separately and she is going to give her doctor the one with the patient studies. Believe me, your body needs this right now. You'll be amazed when you refresh your mind on what it does.
I ordered some more for her yesterday, she buys it from me one bottle at a time. I order enough so there's no shipping, when she needs a bottle she just lets me know.
I've been out of this product for a while, I've noticed I'm having more trouble with my sinus's again. I think it helped with the bloat I can get sometimes, I get it right under the ribs, now it's back too. I'm going to start taking it again when the order comes in.
Wished we lived closer to each other, I could give you a ton of books to read, an some spa like treatments, like reflexology, paraffin wax treatments on the hands, feet, and elbows. A facial would feel good. Lots of candles, and of course that soothing rice pack with lavender flowers that smell up the room when heated with the rice.
I had a little spa day here for my sister, she's had a lot of trouble with her hands, feet and elbows, her joints are a bit swollen and they hurt, she loved it.
My sister tends to over due when she feels a bit better, then she's in pain for three days, don't do this!
Glad to hear that Dave is in your corner and reminds you that if you skip your pain meds at this time, your body will not relax enough and then you can not get your full rest when needed. It's way too stressful to start skimping on something that allows your body to relax, when your tense everything hurts.
Hope you continue to heal on your incision area, it may take a while for that to close, but if it was closed and infected, you'd really be in a world of hurt, the infection then has no where to go, it just festers.
Still painting quite a bit when weather permits, and when it doesn't, I'm sewing Christmas gifts. Should be weeding out some closets, but haven't really wanted to go there yet. I'm sure I'll get to it one of these days.
Thanks again for posting!!!!