yup liz.. that's my mission on here I think... to let people know they can get back out there and live their lives. Guess it never occurred to me that I couldn't, so I just went ahead and did stuff. I was a good little girl and did follow doctor's orders about
not lifting 20pounds for 4 weeks post op or whatever the rules have been after each one of my zillion surgeries.
But other than that, I think I have always had what concerningly seems could be the minority attitude. In general all the surgeries, and the accompanying ileostomy gear, were supposed to restore my health and life or at least put me on a forward path to do that, so why make excuses. Just go out and enjoy the life that you have. You don't get a rewind button for each day that goes by. And if you are not physically recovered yet to mountain bike, you can road bike. If you are not physically recovered yet to go back and run half a marathon, you can walk a mile through your neighborhood. Heck, I remember times when my goal was simple getting out the back door to sit in my garden for one hour in the sunshine. That goal progressed to walking to the mailbox. That progressed to taking my dogs for a one block walk. If you are not physically recovered enough to go back and work 60hours a week at your old job, you can get a part time job or volunteer at an animal shelter, food kitchen, church charity, or something.
If you put your mind in positive attitude mode you will heal faster. I found that instead of thinking of what I couldn't do I spent my time figuring out ways to make things work for the things that I wanted to do- whether it is diet, secure ileostomy pouching systems, fashionista clothing for looking fabulous despite having an ileostomy, doctors, surgeons, therapists who would partner with me and get me to my next step of health, or who knows what. Kind of like I had (and still have) a complete mission to do what I could do to get myself where I want to be.
Anyways.. sorry for the rant. Just seems to be so much "wha wha wha.. .can't do this/that on this board." And then I met someone yesterday with a new ileostomy.. who thought they couldn't even leave the house, let alone go swimming (her life's passion), or go out with friends to a restaurant.. just because she had an ileostomy.
PS. I do have to tell you, I did have some serious "pain in the butt" after that op! But you have a great attitude and I know you will get through it just fine. So Wed. is the big day? Hope you have a spa appointment tomorrow, along with a yoga class, and massage!!! treat yourself girl!
Post Edited (ddd45) : 4/29/2013 10:01:07 AM (GMT-6)