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Old 02-12-2007, 09:29 AM   #1
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to recent post surgeries.....

Just wanted to say to you all that you sound as though you're doing great. I realize that you may not be feeling so great, but I don't think I've seen anyone mention anything or raise a question about anything out of the ordinary.

I stick with the board and keep reading posts from new people because it helps me feel better about how I coped with my own recovery. I really thought I was the most depressed, anxiety-ridden crybaby ever to walk the planet. Things would be "great" for a few days and then I'd go through a few weepy, self-pitying days of misery and then back to great again. Emotions were completely rollercoaster, as was the actual physical process of healing.

If you're feeling good enough to try things, that's a good sign. However, everybody - EVERYBODY - seems to have to go through the "I thought I felt good enough to do X but it was a huge mistake and now I'm miserable." Don't let that depress you too much. You don't know your limits until you test them. Just pay attention to what your body tells you and try to learn from your mistakes. And gooooooo slooooooooow.

My advice - if it hurts, don't do it. If it doesn't hurt at the time, but makes you want to cry for mommy the next day, don't do it. And if you have someone else who can do it for you, ASK them! No macho stuff, no "but I'm so independent" -- suck up your pride and let people do things for you. Just be sure to say "thank you" a lot.

Pain and other various unpleasant symptoms will come and go for some time - months, even. Nerves healing and/or waking up can cause some freaky things. If you are concerned, call your doctor's office and be a squeaky wheel, or ask here on the board. There is almost always someone else who can relate. (and plenty who are more knowledeable and who give MUCH better advice than I do!) You are in for a journey of ups and downs, but over time the 'ups' will become more frequent and lengthy while the 'downs' decrease.

I am absolutely NOT, in any way, shape or form, saying that you "shouldn't" get depressed or anxious anything else. I'm also not saying that you are doing something wrong if you are in pain or are experiencing other symptoms. I'm only trying to say, well, I guess.....welcome to the group. Hang in there, guys, and feel free to vent, dump, ramble, ask or whatever else.

p.s. BBP, I did get a giggle out of you going to the mall, and OHG, I think there's an extra gene or something that golfers must possess, 'cause the ones here always seem so (sorry) "driven".

 
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Old 02-12-2007, 10:14 AM   #2
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Re: to recent post surgeries.....

Yeah, golfers are weird animals. When I lived in California, nobody would play if the temperature dipped below 55 F. Now that I am in Ohio, I regularly play when it is in the high 20's. Golf isn't a matter of life or death -- it's much more important than that!!

Seriously, you make some good points. Right now, I figure I am where I probably should be 5 days out -- some discomfort on the incision side of the neck, muscle spasms in shoulders and mid back, still sore throat and some swallowing issues. Overall, though, nothing gruesome. I'll be glad when throat issues are over. Last night got piece of andouille sausage that was too hot (temperature wise) caught in throat -- ouch!!

Biggest thing for me right now is just getting the overall comfort level to a point where I can realistically assess how the surgery went. Some things are gone, some pain is different, but not sure what the net result is going to be. Up days or down, I really needed to get the surgery done, so whatever happens, happens.

I'll try not to be too stupid in the meantime.

 
Old 02-12-2007, 11:11 AM   #3
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Re: to recent post surgeries.....

Dear all



how is everyone?? sounds like most of us are doing well.. I am feeling really good and do exactly what ember says try things and if I regret it later.. then I back off a little.. went back to the mall yesterday for a "walk" LOL went with dh and couldn't believe when he patiently held my coat while my daughter and I shopped.. I got a skirt for 2.99!! absolutely adorable!! with markdowns like that what woman would not get up off the operating room table!! LOL.. Ohio you sound pretty much like me.. I got an olive caught in my throat hurt like heck for a day or so...swallowing is SO much better now tomorrow I am at three weeks and wearing soft collar most of tht time now except for in cars, sleeping, and dangerous activities like hitting the sales at the mall bye for now bdancer

 
Old 02-12-2007, 11:28 AM   #4
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Re: to recent post surgeries.....

Ember YOU ARE SO RIGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING........I was doing ok then huge pity party hit after I got so "drunken dizzy" this past week ........GREAT NEWS ......THE VERTIGO IS GONE TODAY....WOOHOO....that vertigo is HORRIBLE......never felt before

I used my own bone and walking has been a bit painful just because the surgery site is diagonal on the front of my left hip, so they had to cut through some muscle, this wed the 14th I will be 3 weeks out and my hip feels great......walking good.....and taking stairs good with NO PAIN.....

I feel so different from just 4 days ago.......BIG HUGE DIFFERENCE.....I FEEL REALLY GOOD......I have accepted to- not push, I too am one of those that want to go the extra distance, very independent, "Let me do it " type person.....I shall do what I can and forget about or let someone else do what I can't ........HOW WOULD WE HAVE GOTTEN ALONG WITHOUT THIS BOARD?.......There is so much- looking out for each other, lifting up someone, and HUGE AMOUNTS OF INFORMATION & GUIDANCE..........

I can't say it enough that I am THANKFUL FOR THIS WEBSITE.......for the opportunity for this forum........to the moderators- thank you
to those that post THANK YOU

Hope all are well today..............THANKS EMBER FOR STARTING THIS THREAD

 
Old 02-12-2007, 12:02 PM   #5
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Re: to recent post surgeries.....

I guess I will share, too. hehe. I have noticed when I have PMS, THAT is when I get discouraged! I dont think straight, WHATSOEVER!!!!!
I think I am doing well for the most part.I am going out to dinner for Valentines Day, and the place where we are going is about 40 mins. away, one way. That will be an interesting test, because that's a long night out. PLUS my husband really wants me to do another thing on Friday night, that is far away, about the same distance. Its a fancy thing at the Univ. of Denver that we get invited to, periodically. A fancy buffet, and then usually an interesting lecture. I seriously doubt I will be able to sit at a lecture for any reasonable length of time, at 5 weeks post op. My husband GETS the surgery, up to a point, but I do not think he really gets the fact that Wed. (V-day) might DO me in, and Friday night might be too much. He KEEPS mentioning that &^$#* Friday night thing, too. I can tell he really wants me to go. He actually mentioned that it would help him for his work because it would be considered hours out in the field. The last one he went to, was pre-surgery and he went alone because my neck was a wreck. He is not real great on doing the "alone" thing. Its always something, isnt it??

 
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