Taking Two More Days to Rest

March 28, 2017 11:38am CST
My recovery is much more difficult than I was expecting. I blame the doctors mostly for their blasé attitude of, "Oh, most people are up and about in a couple days! Oh, most people return to work in a couple days! Oh, people resume exercise in 2 weeks!" I'm coming to believe that those "most people" are more the exceptions than the norm. I think, yes, some people ARE up and about and feeling fantastic quite quickly. But I think that normal people are not. It's surgery after all, even if it is laparoscopy. I wish they would have given me the more realistic picture because honestly, I would have schedule it differently. I seriously believed I'd be feeling great by now. i'm not. I thank part of my problem with all of this is that I was feeling fine leading up to the surgery. So today was supposed to be a normal tuesday, some grocery shopping & soccer practice. I've nixed the idea of groceries. And I have a friend taking the kids to soccer. Tomorrow was supposed to be a normal full day at co-op teaching and helping in five classes. yeah, I nixed that too after feeling like I did more harm than good to my body by going yesterday and teaching one class. So I'm staying home tomorrow as well. I plan to kick my legs up in my bed here shortly and just veg out and relax while watching more Netflix.
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@andriaperry (63654)
• Anniston, Alabama
28 Mar 17
I hate to break the news but everyone I know was told the same thing and it was a month to six weeks before they "felt" better. Surgery is surgery and no body can recover in 2 weeks. Take it easy, life will wait for you.
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• United States
28 Mar 17
Everyone is different so I hate when they say the "norm" is such and such. Take it easy and recover at your own pace
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29 Mar 17
yes, they honestly should give me maybe the worst case scenario plus the in between & tell me that's most likely, then the best too....
@Courtlynn (55122)
• United States
28 Mar 17
It definitely sounds like taking a few days off is needed. Rest alot and enjoy netflix.
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@RasmaSandra (21125)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
28 Mar 17
You are so right. Not everyone heals the same way. Some take longer and some faster. I have had times when the doc says you'll be up and around in a week and I am up and around in two weeks. hope you feel much better soon.
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@HazySue (24618)
• United States
28 Mar 17
Rest and take your time getting better. That most people get better in a couple of days song and dance is just a lot of hooey. Feel better soon.
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29 Mar 17
yes, now on the phone the nurse today says, "oh you'll be feeling it for probably 6 weeks." really? why didn't you tell me that before surgery?
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@HazySue (24618)
• United States
29 Mar 17
@jillybean1222 Isn't it something the way they tell you afterwards how long it will take to recover? Sometimes I think they feel as though you won't go through with the procedure if you knew how long you would feel bad.
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29 Mar 17
@HazySue yes! i mean some people do have the quicker recovery, but many do not. don't they realize i have a busy life and i need to have the full facts so i can plan accordingly? my need for surgery was not urgent. i could have waited. or i could have even tried to get it sooner. i just would have definitely done it differently if i had known.
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@katsmeow1213 (29043)
• United States
28 Mar 17
You may want to go back and see the doctor. I've never heard of anyone taking so long to feel better. After my gallbladder surgery I was fine. The only time I felt pain was while getting out of bed. I resumed normal activities the very next day, and felt 100% 2 days later. Same thing when I had an operation on my ovaries.. it was also laproscopic. Honestly that one took even less time.. I think I was fine by later on that day.
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29 Mar 17
I called the doctor today. They said that it was not unusual for me to still have some pain 8 days later. The gallbladder was quite full that they removed. I'm trying to imagine how it gets moved through the body and out those tiny incisions?
• United States
29 Mar 17
@jillybean1222 I never thought of that. I remember waking up from one surgery (probably the ectopic surgery) and having to ask the nurse if I'd actually even had the surgery because I didn't feel a thing. Not the tiniest bit of pain. I guess 8 days isn't extremely unusual.. but you'd think you'd feel better enough to at least drive by now.. Hopefully you feel better very soon! Do you think there's something else going on that may be causing you to heal slower? Like maybe you're getting sick or something?
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29 Mar 17
@katsmeow1213 i have driven. during the weekend, both saturday and sunday, i had to drive the kids to several activities. it didn't hurt to drive, but all the running around over the weekend took a LOT out of me. when i go for my follow up on friday, i'm going to ask how they get the gallbladder out of the small holes! i'm curious
• Banks, Oregon
28 Mar 17
I always take what doctors say with a little grain of salt, what they expect of you and what you are physiccally able to do is much different sometimes.
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29 Mar 17
yes, i just made some dumb planning mistakes around my "better and normal in a couple days" idea. sigh. lesson learned
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• Banks, Oregon
29 Mar 17
@jillybean1222 Sometimes it takes little things like that to learn
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@Tampa_girl7 (27520)
• United States
31 Mar 17
This reminds me of when I had my tonsils removed at age six. The doctor said that I could have all the ice cream I wanted after surgery. He forgot to say that it would hurt to bad to eat it.
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6 Apr 17
yes, i remember when my son had his out. he had no interest in food.
@DianneN (91918)
• United States
29 Mar 17
So sorry. Some surgeries leave one healing for ages. Feel better soon!
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29 Mar 17
thank you!
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@JohnRoberts (67208)
• Los Angeles, California
28 Mar 17
I want to pet the kitty!
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29 Mar 17
oh and this kitty is so affectionate. seriously, sweetest cat ever
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@jaboUK (55158)
• United Kingdom
28 Mar 17
You are the best judge of what you can and cannot do, so take it easy until you feel right.
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@TRBRocks420 (85934)
• Banks, Oregon
28 Mar 17
Enjoy your rest and, hope you get back to 100% soon.
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@Shavkat (67024)
• Philippines
28 Mar 17
Most surgeries recovery will take a year or more. However, it depends on patient's prognosis. For the meantime, you can take a rest and find things that will make you busy.
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@AmbiePam (50432)
• United States
8 Apr 17
It's quite annoying when doctors are eager to group you into a category for convenience. That each person heals differently sometimes doesn't seem to matter.
• United States
29 Mar 17
Everyone is different and recovers differently but maybe you are the exception. Whatever the reason is, I'm glad you aren't pushing it to get back to your normal activities. Time enough for that.