I´m ready for my first weekend trip after surgery!

@marguicha (90800)
Chile
March 26, 2010 5:52pm CST
Hi mylotters. As many of you know, I underwent surgery on my shoulder. I am in theraphy and will have to keep on with that for at least a month, as the doctor said today. But this weekend I´ll go for an outing that will be interesting and probably painful also as I´m going to the area where the earthquake hitted last month. My therapist wrote me all the exercises I had to do as "homework". Have you ever had surgery? How was the recovering process? Did you feel (as I do) that you had to heal your whole body? Share
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@Wizzywig (7859)
26 Mar 10
Yes, I had surgery 7 weeks ago yesterday and I went back to work last Monday. I will still be recovering from the effects of the surgery and follow-up treatment for some time but, as long as I am sensible I'm not really in pain at the moment. What I would really like is to have a weekend away to just "chill" and heal a bit psychologically but that is not possible just now... returning to work has helped tho'. I guess visiting an earthquake site is a bit like visiting war graves - interesting and moving rather than enjoyable but I hope that you will not find the travelling too physically painful.
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@marguicha (90800)
• Chile
27 Mar 10
What was your surgery about? As for visiting the zone of the earthquake it has nothing to do with what you say. At least I don´t expect it to be that. Two provinces have almost 1005 of the children without schools. I rather want to see what I can do to help. I will talk with some relatives of my cousin that live in the country (I´ll be staying overnight with them as my aunt´s house is damaged so she doesnt have room for me. I am considering (if all does as well as it should) in inviting a country girl to stay for the year at my home if I can get her school nearby. My house is big, I live alone and there are schools at walking distance. My therapist says my shoulder will be as good as new by the end of April so she can come them if I find her.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
27 Mar 10
Thats a really great way of offering positive, practical help! I was not in any way trying to trivialise your trip and apologise if it sounded that way. I really hope your recovery goes well and that your plans work out as you would like
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@marguicha (90800)
• Chile
27 Mar 10
Thanks Wizzy. And it didn´t sound that way. But I wanted to explain that the earthquake is not on the past (as war graves are, no matter how moving) but in our present and our future for several years to come. We had a small quantity of lost lives as compared with Haiti. But I´m worried that Winter is coming and some people are living in tents. And schooling for children is important too: they are the future of our country.
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• Philippines
26 Mar 10
Good to know you re recovering. i had a surgery once. it was to remove an allergy inside my synus. i wasnt able to breathe with my nose for 4 days. lol.
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@marguicha (90800)
• Chile
27 Mar 10
Hi, I didn´t know allergies could be removed with surgery. Live and learn. I hope the problem disappeared.
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• Philippines
27 Mar 10
well actually it was a swelling inside my synus. my doctor said it was allergy so yeah. lol.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Mar 10
Other than oral surgery, I had a lump removed and I had a c-section. The c-section took some time to recover from. The lumpectomy wasn't much, really, hardly even bothered me.
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@marguicha (90800)
• Chile
27 Mar 10
Hi dawn, I´m glad you haven´t had really big surgeries. At this time of my life I feel like the girl in "Mortal Weapon 2 (or 3)" when the girl and the boy (Mel Gibson) started to show each other their bullet scars.
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• Boston, Massachusetts
27 Mar 10
Hi Marguicha, I underwent two ceasarean section for my kids. it to was not easy to undergo any procedure. it really takes time to recuperate and heal the wounds not in the area that we see but what's inside. the wound must be healed and it takes time. I am happy to hear that you are going to a trip. enjoy it and follow all the exercises that your therapist wrote you. take extra care too!
@marguicha (90800)
• Chile
27 Mar 10
I will be a good girl and do my homework, friend. I DO want this pain to go away. And I´ll have fun.
• Boston, Massachusetts
28 Mar 10
that's good. i like the attitude. you are a good patient very cooperative. so, just take care and enjoy the trip okay. please post some pictures if you can so we can join you in your joyful trip moments.
@Buchi_bulla (8299)
• India
27 Mar 10
I underwent uterus removal operation long back. At that time I was very weak and my haemoglobin content was only 7. Hence they had to give blood transfusion for three days and then only operated upon me. Hence it took six months for me to improve my health. Then I developed pus formation at the place of the operation. I had to get it bandaged everyday. Doctor never gave permission even to go to the next room, as the stiches may come out. I used to think those days whether I will be in a position to move normally like others. By God's grace, I became fine soon and was on my own.
• India
27 Mar 10
Have a good trip. But take care of your health too.
@marguicha (90800)
• Chile
27 Mar 10
I have seen that some people have problems after a hysterectomy. Fortunatly I didn´t when I had mine. But I do hope all that is in the past. friend. Take care!
@ElicBxn (60772)
• United States
27 Mar 10
I took a long time to recover my shoulder surgery, and I know others who took longer, and I'm a slow healer! My first trip was to a SF convention in Houston to see Robert J. Sawyer.
@marguicha (90800)
• Chile
27 Mar 10
The doctor says Im doing well, but I wish this pain was over.. Both the doctor and the therapist say Ill be ok by the end of April which is good because Im going on a week´s vacation to a place in the south of Chile wuere there are hot springs (wonderful for old bones)
@ElicBxn (60772)
• United States
27 Mar 10
That does sound lovely - wish I was going!
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
27 Mar 10
That's quite a trip for u to take, marg. I know it will be very emotional to see all the devastation. U just take care of that shoulder & do your homework. Yes, i have had surgery, some right serious ones. I think it takes alot out of u but since we are two 'TUFF' ol' birds we do bounce back, lol. Have a safe trip.
@marguicha (90800)
• Chile
27 Mar 10
Yes, Jo. I think are are both of the "survivor" kind.I will be pampered by my aut this weekend, but I hope I can talk of bringing home with me (in May) a schoolgirl so that she can go to school. There are no schools in two provinces and I have plenty of room at home. Both my children went abroad for a year in their school years and both leart a lot. Claudia, my youngest, went to the US through the AFS (American Field Service) and she has her american mom and sisters. Sometimes I do wish I could cut my arm though and leave it to rest (while I take a rest of the arm and the pain.) It doesn´t work like that though. Take care.
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
27 Mar 10
i'M SORRY U ARE IN SUCH MUCH PAIN. i HOPE IT GETS BETTER REAL SOON.mY SON HAD SHOULDER SURGERY A FEW YEARS AGO & HE TO SUFFERED ALOT W/IT. i HOPE U CAN FIND U A NICE YOUNG GIRL TO COME. iT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO U BOTH. happy weekend , hope u are having fun. hugs.
@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
26 Mar 10
I hope you have a great trip. Since you said you are going where the earthquake hit, I hope you won't have to do any work. Yes, I've had to have 4 surgeries in my life. I had my upper lip operated on when I was about 5 or 6 years old. You see, when I was a year old and learning how to walk, I fell and bumped my upper lip on the coffee table in our living room in the house we were living in at the time. It made a knot on my lip which had to be removed surgically when I got older. I had a D & C in 1983 when I was 31. I also had a laparoscopy and hymenectomy at the same time. Mother had always said it didn't take long to get over a D & C but it took me about 2 months or longer. I always thought from the way she talked that it wouldn't take that long even, lol. In 1990, I had a hysterectomy. I was 38 then. I guess it took about 3 or 4 months for me to heal from it. I had the surgery in May and I was planning to go on a trip to Alaska in July that year. Although I was better by July, I still got tired easy and I was glad I didn't go after all. In 2005 when I was 53, I had my gallbladder out. That was really rough surgery! I didn't even know what the symptoms of a diseased gallblader were. One of the gallstones had blocked my bile duct and I had pancreatitis at the same time. I had to have an ERCP the day before the surgery to remove it. It was really scary! I'm so glad I had that surgery because I learned later that you can die from pancreatitis! I don't remember how long it took me to recuperate from that surgery but I was back driving in about 2 weeks I guess. Kathy.
@marguicha (90800)
• Chile
27 Mar 10
My first mayor surgery was the removal of the gallbladder but it wasn´t as serious as yours was. The worst was that they did it just a year before they invented the laparoscopic surgery. I have a BIG scar and for some time my vanity hurt a lot. As for the weekend, I will not do a thing but accept being pampered. But I hope I can talk about bringing to my home for a year a girl so she can go on with her schooling. There are no schools working in 2 of the provinces with more inhabitants. I know one child is nothing compared to what is needed, but it´s all I can do. I hope it works.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
27 Mar 10
I hope it works out for you,too. Several people told me they had their gallbladder out before there was any such thing as laparascopic surgery and they have big scars, too. Mine was done with laser. Kathy.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
28 Mar 10
Aside from a C section which was a lot more painful than I anticipated, I had two exploratory surgeries while undergoing fertility treatment. The biggest surgery I ever had was to my nose to fix a deviated septum. It was uncomfortable and very painful; I couldn’t believe how long the bandage was that the surgeon had stuffed up my poor nose! I appreciate what you mean about the whole body needing to recover along with the operated part; I felt very run down after each surgery and it took a while for my body to feel good again. My mother has just had shoulder surgery to fix frayed tendons which were causing her a lot of pain. She had to have her arm in a sling for six weeks and it’s now been about nine weeks and she says the pain is still the same as before the operation. I hope it is a matter of time before she will feel the improvement. I hope your recovery is going along well and everything is healing as it should be, mind and body!
@marguicha (90800)
• Chile
29 Mar 10
My doctor says that shoulder surgeries are half of the job. The rest is therapy for a long time. I feel as your mother does: I feel a lot of pain after over two weeks. My the therapist who tortures me says it´s better. I hope so.
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@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
28 Mar 10
good to hear from you margz. i hope you will enjoy the weekend trip though it would be painful on your part too. so far, i have never undergone any surgery. and i hope it won't come to me or any of my family member. it would not only be painful for us but it will also be a big financial problem.
@marguicha (90800)
• Chile
29 Mar 10
My surgery will cost me quite a lot too in spite of my having some health insurance. But I had to do it so I´ll just have to cope.
@bulastika (5967)
• Philippines
27 Mar 10
I don't have surgery but I'm happy that its only your shoulder. A month or two and everything will be fine. Wounds heal faster when your happy. So be happy always. Stress is a killer. It nice to hear that your going into vacation. Is it? or just a plain trip? Vacation or not it still a trip. So happy tripping.
@marguicha (90800)
• Chile
27 Mar 10
I think like you do about happiness. That´s why I work online just for my vacations every year. This is not a long trip: maybe two or three hours of driving (not me). Maybe now it will take longer, now that I think of it, because of the damage in roads due to the earthquake. But I will take my pain killers along.
• China
27 Mar 10
Three months ago, I had a small surgery, and then took medicine for recovery for 4 months. When I first finished the surgery, the wound always made me painful. But now the wound has already closed up. I am sure your body will be quite healthy and strong after a period. Best wishes!
@marguicha (90800)
• Chile
27 Mar 10
Thank you very much. I hope your recovery continues. This is not my first surgery but it´s a painful one as recovery goes because it requires a lot of theraphy.
@pratheep87 (1228)
• India
27 Mar 10
Hope will have a good and healthy trip. Now your going to breath fresh air after moving out of hospital and just enjoy this trip with your loved ones.
@marguicha (90800)
• Chile
27 Mar 10
Thank you. I know I´ll be pampered. I´m taking a homemade cake. Unfortunatly it did not come out as nice I make them usually because this darn shoulder would not help much went I beat the dough.
@indhunair (259)
• India
27 Mar 10
surgery in shoulder,atleast please care about your health.because of your age and etc you should mind it.please take rest then you whatever you want you just go there
@marguicha (90800)
• Chile
27 Mar 10
Don´t worry, friend. I´m just almost 65 years YOUNG. People who mind their health too much get sick easily. My shoulder hurts but I´m allright. I still like to put some old music and dance and sing at the top of my lungs while I´m doing work at home. And my avatar is me last year as a sailor in a friend´s boat at the Caribbean.
• Philippines
27 Mar 10
I was under radiation therapy a year ago. No surgery. Good thing my doctors never resorted to surgery right away. You do deserve to enjoy. You'll realize that the more you have fun, the more revitalizing it becomes for a weary body.
@marguicha (90800)
• Chile
27 Mar 10
I hope it all went well, melloncollie. I believe in having fun too. That´s why I think vacations are a part of health.
@Tallygirl09 (1385)
• United States
27 Mar 10
Oh yes, I can relate to that! It does take time to heal. I completely agree that your whole body has to make adjustments! And since your shoulder is still on the mend, you are likely not able to do things as you usually would so you have to think about it and maybe use muscles you haven't used in awhile. I broke my right hand and wrist many years ago and it was in a cast for several months. I had to try and write with my left which wasn't easy. My left hand kept cramping from trying and I got headaches since my eyes were not used to focusing the same way. I was suprised to learn that our eyes adjust to our dominant hand which for me was my right hand so that's why I got such bad headaches. In addition to that the cast made it hard to be comfortable and get a good night's rest. Not to mention the pain from the poor right hand. It was quite a challenge just getting ready for work in the morning! I hope you are keeping up with your exercies even while away since it will really make a big difference in how well and quickly you heal. And good for you for visiting the earthquake area and adding your positive energy to those you visit!
@marguicha (90800)
• Chile
27 Mar 10
Not only the shoulder is hurting now but, as you say, there are also muscles that hurt. I entirelly hate my triceps now. It´s hurting more than my shoulder now. I will do my homework though!
@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
27 Mar 10
Hi marguicha, didn't know you had surgery. I hope that shoulder heals real well. The fishing venture could be therapeutic. I had my own share of episodes on the operating table back in the 90's. Am glad those times were over. And I pray never to be in the situation again. The body had healed but when the weather gets cold, the cut aches. Nothing painful though. Keep the body active. Stretch and walk. The healing comes only when we will the body to be healed.