Post-op, Day 5

Things I could do before surgery that I can’t do in recovery without causing lots of pain:

  • Blow my nose
  • Cough
  • Laugh
  • Cry
  • Sneeze
  • Stretch
  • Suddenly lean forward while sitting
  • Sit up from laying position
  • Plop down
  • Roll over on my side
  • Shift weight while standing
  • Nearly drop something and then impulsively catch it
  • Burp
  • Hiccup
  • Walk any faster than a shuffle
  • Yawn (if it’s a big yawn)

Things I’m getting away with – two days after surgery – minimal to no pain:
Picking up my 8lb (3.6kg) cat , my 5lb (2kg) cat, and the iBook G4 laptop I’m borrowing from my man (the laptop is also around 5lbs/2kg).

Things I’ve not been brave enough to attempt yet:

  • Lay on my belly
  • Shower or bathe (aside from washcloth bathing from sink)
  • Drive

I’m not to pick up anything heavy for 6 weeks. No one has told me what ‘heavy’ is, but I’ll stick to the laptop for that outside of home – anything heavier and forget it.

One Response to “Post-op, Day 5”

  1. Patricia

    I was surprised that I could in fact lay on my belly if I had a body pillow under me to lean up against. There was just no way that I could sleep on my back due to back injury issues.