Abdominoplasty: Five Weeks Post-Op
Work is s l o w l y killing me. So much stress. I already considered switching from coffee to G & T’s on Monday morning and the theme sort of developed from there. By Thursday I was crying in a zoom meeting. Not pretty. I’m hoping that the weekend of de-stressing will help me go into next week with a better head space. Fingers crossed.
I can’t complain really, but I feel like my recovery posts are so boring! Things are going well. Nothing to really mention. I believe it’s just another week of slow progression. I feel good and there are no complications.
I wanted to up my walking to hit around 8,000 steps per day on average and I managed that. Job done!
- Monday – got out at lunch for a 3.7KM walk. Pretty much stuck to my and the suurounding neighbourhood for this one.
- Tuesday – Ron and I went into the park at lunch and I walked 4KM in total.
- Wednesday – We did a round around the perimeter of the park at lunch, total 4.10KM walking.
- Thursday – again in the park at lunch but more in the hilly areas and not the parkrun route, total 4.15KM
- Friday – I didn’t record a walk, but I did go to an appointment in the morning and then did a few errands so it was about 45 min in total.
- Saturday – notparkrun day! Had two new people join our little group; a few of the crew were away so still had a nice, small manageable group. I walked my 5KM notparkrun
- Sunday – no walk recorded
Total steps for the week: 62,346 or an average of 8,906 per day. Total walking recorded: 21KM
I wanted to ride my spin bike twice this week but that did not happen. I made the specific choice to get outside and walk most days as the crazy was fairly severe. At one point I did get ON the bike just to see if I could do handlebars or if I still had to bike sitting straight up. Success! for me that was enough, knowing I could now bend at the waist to bike properly.
With that knowledge in mind, on Sunday I decided to take Kolette (my bike) out, get some fresh air and go for a real bike ride. 27KM with no issues at all. More biking, please!
I went to cryotherapy 4 times this week! I actually subscribed to a monthly membership and am going to go every day for at least a month. Whether you “believe” in cryotherapy or not, it’s not something you can just do once or twice and experience some massive result. I do find it very invigorating at least! And this morning when I went one of my former bodypump instructors was there and we went in the cabin together. 3 1/2 minutes goes by quick when you are chatting! (normally 3 min but she was going for 3 1/2 so I said I would just go for it)
I’m still doing vitamin E on my scar and massaging it and this week the MLD therapist told me I could even just put vaseline on there several times a day to soften it up. Heck of a lot cheaper than scar cream or silicone strips!
I also bought a waist trainer – a proper corset that I will use for a couple of months, especially with working out. I only have to wear my compression garments for 6 weeks, since this week I’m “allowed” to skip it at night, but I’m still wearing light garments (just feels better). After 6 weeks I’m free to lose the garments if I want, but with the swelling it just feels better to be a bit packed in. I’ve read a lot about wearing a garment for sports and running, so I hope this will help me ease back into things. I did wear it for the biking today and I think it made it much easier to handle being bent over for almost 2 hours.
Will keep the steps around the same next week, no need to already go more than 8000 or 9000. Since I’m not really supposed to work out officially for 6 weeks I won’t do more than a bike ride like today at the maximum. I am probably going to *try* to see how a few of the body pump exercises feel (w/out weights) and make a better attempt at the exercises I talked about last week.
I have to go to the office next Wednesday – not really looking forward to that but there’s a big meeting for everyone at the “new” company so I kind of need to go!
That’s a wrap!
That’s pretty much it – hope everyone had a good week. I did manage a few more blogs this week, maybe even more in the new week??