Rip&Burn has given a lot of good pointers.
Do walk a little more each day, every day
. By the time my catheter was removed at day 21, I was walking daily several hours on the greenbelt trails.
(I'd empty the ankle catheter at least once while out.)
Eat at least three small meals a day - preferably foods with natural roughage/stool softening traits (Who recommended butter and prunes?! Fer shur! LOL!) as you will put pressure on the urethra sutures with each bowel movement
. A little bleeding with each b.m. is normal. Be careful about
foods that constipate you.
I recommend forcing water somewhat to help with that malaise thing and general healing.
The maliase is a combination of the side effects off general anesthesia and
- YOUR PUBIC CAVITY HAS EXPERIENCED A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF TRAUMA!
Take it easy and REST after those walks.
Just puttering around the house to tend to food and body functions will be tiring for some time.
Atypically for me (I've had a lot of major/general anesthesia surgery over the years.), I cried a little each day after this surgery. (I still do?)
It isn't really a malaise but rather some kind of poignancy....
It makes me feel better and might best be described as tears of joy.
But still, I only had good news and no logical reason to be emotional.
It is like there is an infant in the house - and there is that diaper changing routine for awhile...
The trauma from this surgery seems to have an emotional quotient.
Tony quoted someone (Jimmy V.?) saying we need to cry each day and laugh each day, anyway!
Keep a realistic frame of reference.
In 6 months you will have mostly recovered.
Don't overdo it. Exhaustion can cause a depressive reaction without this surgery.
Keeping your spirits up has been proven to speed recovery.