Surgery can be a scary thing. But when it brings relief from physical pain, it’s an invited procedure.
That’s what happened to me last Friday when I went to the Ottawa Civic Hospital for a microdiscectomy. I’ve been battling sciatic nerve and lower back pain due to a herniated disc. It turns out the disc was worse off than the neurosurgeon thought, and my nerve was actually bent, which is why I couldn’t get relief!
My only moment of hesitation going into the surgery was when the nurse asked the surgeon which kind of drill he wanted to use. #nervousfartsounds
I’m recovering really well and am staying with my mom to get the best possible recovery. I can’t sit and am limited to small walks. So I’ve had to remain creative while healing.
Here are 5 ways I’ve been working to stay sane following surgery:
1. Plan for healthy eats: I’m using this quiet time as a way to plan out healthy eats. I have the Simple Green Smoothies book and am delving into those recipes while also sipping green tea and popping prunes. What? No, I said popping, silly. Eating well has truly helped me with this recovery and I always looking forward to the next meal.
2. Watch sports: I’ve never learned so much about the Blue Jays since its roster included Alomar and Carter. I have been glued to the baseball games and am 100% on the Jays’ bandwagon. If there’s nothing that floats your athletic boat, then a contest show (DWTS) or Netflix series can be a game changer.
3. Read: I’m reading fiction, non-fiction and the newspaper. I actually know what’s happening in US politics! I’m appreciative of the down time to actually enjoy reading and getting caught up in the news world.
4. Plan your Life. This is a really good time to think about where you’re at in life, and coming up with short-term (eat prunes) and long-term goals (poop). But seriously, I’ve used the time to watch some professional education videos and timeline some work projects.
5. Ditch the Guilt and Stop the Pity Party: I’m missing my family like crazy. And I can’t lift or drive for a month. Boo hoo! I’ve had to continuously remind myself that it’s a temporary situation in order to stay out of a mental funk.
Even if you don’t have to face a surgical recovery, these tips can apply to anyone going on holidays or needing a day or week to recharge. Prunes are optional.
Question: what do you do to recharge?