Well, I am now 46 days out of my last surgery, that's a little over 6 weeks, hard to believe, seems like months to me. In the morning, I can legally drive for the first time since Sept 23, longest no driving period of my adult life. The home nurse came for the last time this past week, she has done great, but no longer need her services. Also, the "at home" physical therapy" ended too this week. They are bumping me up the list to get into the "at the hospital PT program", like I was on 10 years ago. If all goes well, I will be starting a week from tommorw, and it will last a min. of 6 months, going several times a week.
I am still under a 5 lb weight limit until I see my uro again on 11/29. Can pretty well eat what I want, appitite slowly increasing, though no where near pre-surgery levels. Still not wanting sweets, most unusual, and can't handle the thought of any thing fried, spicy, or fast food. We are going out of the way to eat lean and healthy. No longer losing weight, slowly gaining a little back.
This has been quite a ride, this recovery, much slower and more intense than I could have imagined. We placed our first monthly order for appliances, that's the two piece device I have to wear for life over my stoma in order to urinate. So far, insurance is paying 100% of that too, as the first order for one months supplies was a bit over $200. Hard to believe. But we have found a product that will last for 5 full days before needing to be replaced. In the world of ostomies, that's a good range.
Major pain is no longer an issue. Any residual pain is easily handled with Advil. I still have little endurance, still need a cane to walk outdoors, and if I am standing or walking more than 10-15 minutes, it causes deep back aches, that only rest helps.
All in all, I am doing well. Sure beats the world of hurt I was in for so long prior to this surgery.
David in SC