It's been a few weeks since I posted an update, so I thought I would let you all know my progress. Overall, I feel that I have been recovering much better than expected and as I've shared my current story with friends and family, the overwhelming response is how well they think I'm doing.
Here is an update summary:
- I have had a special shadow through my recovery, my cat, Cash. He can be a demon at times, but anytime I'm home, he's usually very close to me. It's so sweet to have the connection with an animal who wants to be near.
- I am completely off prescription pain killers for over a week now.
- Occasionally, I am using over-the-counter Tylenol and Motrin. For about a day, I was sticking to a regimen of them, but it started to seem tolerable without any meds.
- Momentarily, I had a scare where my abdominal incision opened up a little bit, but after consulting with the surgeon, there wasn't any concern unless it appeared infected (odor, "angry-looking"). He reminded me that it needs to heal from the inside-out. Since then, it has scabbed over and is fine.
- I have my follow up with the surgeon the first week of December to check the incision.
- This upcoming week, I will meet with the specialist regarding the abnormal tissue type of Hugo. I'm a little nervous, but have my mom and aunt going with me.
- I have had some visitors and it's been great to see familiar faces and I'm so appreciative of the treats they brought with them! Plus, a long time friend brought me a meal too!
- I have started back at work from home to gradually get back to my normal work schedule in the next week or so.
- I've been lucky to have a couple of field trips out of the house. Initially, it took a lot out of me, but my stamina is coming back slowly. This weekend was the first time in 3+ weeks that I had 3 days in a row of something planned on my calendar. They were small things, but baby steps.
- Yesterday, I drove around the city! It was the first time I really felt comfortable behind the wheel again. It was a drive from home, down Alpine Ave and then out to Grandville and back. It was so nice to have a little bit of freedom back, but I don't plan on making it a regular part of my schedule yet. When driving or in a car, the seat belt lies across my abdomen right where everything is still healing. More time in a car, means increased risk of being involved in a wreck and potentially damaging what is healing.
So, everything is going well and I expect it will continue to. :)