thanks everyone!your idea's were very helpful too me.

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   Posted 11/4/2011 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with you all ,it may be healed outside ,but the rib removal  surgery takes awhile to heal the inside.I saw my DR.yesterday ,not the surgeon that appointment is 2weeks away.My Dr.said I still need the pain meds but should be on 3aday not 2yet!I must say the wrist and elbow are doing so good ,the shoulder /neck ,its possible might need a small proceduer,will know when Isee the surgeon.I feel the biggest problem Ineed to over come is getting my energy back?I am so tired and hungery all the time?Ido alittle work and I'm tired,Iguess I should start a tread mill program ,its getting pretty cold outside,here in canada! I do hope everyone at HW alow pain weekend! I just bought myself a new coffee maker,single cup (Keurig)brand ,it was on sale and I bought the K-cup filter to use my own coffee! I'm pretty happy with it ,I hated wasting so much making a whole pot of coffee for one ,so for now ,at least Ihave a jolt of caffine to give me some energy,does anyone have any other ideas of how to get your energy back after surgery? takecare  from MICHELE

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   Posted 11/6/2011 3:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michele,

While I haven't had anything similar to what you went through.... I've had my fair share of surgeries, etc. For me, too - it was getting my energy back that took the longest.

For me, the two biggest important things to getting energy/strength back have been eating properly and being active enough/but not too much. I have to force myself to eat many times and to make sure I'm not just grabbing something from the kids' plates - but eating a balanced meal w/ plenty of protein, etc.

Also, re: activity - it's hard when my energy level is so low or the pain is so high... but, again, I have to force myself to walk and get my body moving. I can't exercise in the traditional sense due to all my health issues - but I can walk... and I do as much as I can. Some days, it's not much at all - but I still try.

Also, after surgery, I usually make sure I'm taking a multi-vitamin to help in healing, as I have some deficiencies in that area, too.

From there, it just takes time, I guess. I know it can be frustrating..... but I hope you continue healing each day - and that your energy returns, even stronger than it was before. Keep us posted on things, Michele.

Take good care --Tina

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   Posted 11/6/2011 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hang in there Michele. Little baby steps will get you to where you want to be. Be patient little one. One day at a time and you will get there.

Keep the faith,
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