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New Year - Same Old Problem

Thursday, January 01, 2015

So, four months since my last surgery. That was really a mess. The surgery went ok but then something seemed to be wrong the next day and the surgeon opened me up again, then figured out he really hadn't needed to do the second surgery. Unfortunately he had to open me up again two weeks later because I was badly infected. That time he left me open and put in a wound vac. I was supposed to be in the hospital 5 days but it turned into 19 days. That was followed by six weeks of lugging the wound vac around with me all day and night while driving way up north every day to get infusions of antibiotics. After all that time laying in a hospital bed, going to the clinic for the infusions and hospital for dressing changes plus taking care of necessities was all I could handle for the first couple months.

Once the infusions were over and the wound vac out, I started having more energy and pushed myself to do more. I'm a lot stronger now, although not enough to be on the go continuously. But I am starting a beginner cardio exercise routine from Fitness Blender. It involves doing three rounds of 6 exercises, each done continuously for 1 minute each round. Boring but it's easy to just do it. I'm going to stick with it for a month, every other day and next week I'll start something else on the alternate days, maybe stepping or learning an aerobic dance routine. I found a chart online that lists all the stretches needed to accomplish a full body stretch routine and have been working through that every other day. I'm going to limit the walking for a while and see if this cardio routine is less stressful for my hips. Ok so far but it's very early days.
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  • HOLLI64
    Could you share that stretching chart site, please? I'd like to have that.

    I'm glad you are getting better. It does take a long time to fully recover from surgeries or injuries of any kind. I live in fear that something will happen to me and I won't have anyone to help me, since I know few people here and my sons live far away. People who have friends and family around them often take them for granted -- I did when I had them -- but you really shouldn't, especially as you get older. They are more precious than gold.
    1073 days ago
  • IAMAUNTYEM
    Life seemed to throw quite a curve ball your way--6 months later, I hope you are back to good health! How's the diabetes going?
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    1636 days ago
  • GOODHEALTH4EVER
    OH MY, YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH IT! GLAD THAT YOU ARE ON THE MEND. emoticon
    1729 days ago
  • STRBUXX
    Like to hear of your routine! Have already overcame so much! And inspiring others along your journey.. Keep spreading your sunshine☀
    1787 days ago
  • SELLMAN04
    It sounds like you've come a long way. I hope 2015 brings even more new strength and energy. It would be nice if we were guaranteed that an apple a day would keep the doctors away!!!
    1795 days ago
  • SUSANNAH31
    You have been through a lot with your surgery and its aftermath. I am happy that you are now past the infection.
    This new year is, in fact, a real beginning for you after all that.

    Take good care of yourself.

    And Buena Suerte to you as well!

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    1796 days ago
  • NELLIEC
    I guess you will have to monitor how you feel as well as how the exercise is affecting your abilities. I certainly wish you good luck!
    1801 days ago
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