Appendicitis open abdo surgery week 5

Wow! This has definitely been my best week. Been out and about every day, walking more frequently each day, but not far. Went out early this morning for my first solo walk in 5 weeks. Managed half a mile! Oh such a short distance, but any longer and that scar pulling pain would have been too much. Little and often is my motto.

So so what’s the worst thing about open surgery? Well for me it’s the not being allowed to bend over.  I’ve become very adept at picking things up with my toes, and I’m left wondering, have I become more clumsy since my operation? I seem to be dropping a lot of things! The other problem not being bendy gives me is the inability I have to independently put on footwear. I’ve been living in sandals, but next week hope to ever so slightly increase my mileage to get into the orchards. I may have to get up super early so hubby can put them on for me before work!

With all the enforced resting and need to not put any strain on my belly, I can’t do my physio exercises so my knees are playing up as the muscles have weakened. Went back to the physio for advice and bless her she has given me a super easy treatment plan for the next 3 weeks, just to try and get some muscles firing :)


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Appendicitis recovery

Four weeks after my op I’m beginning to feel slightly more human. My huge zip scar is healing nicely (had to have open surgery as it turned out to be more than just appendicitis!) and I will always thank my friend for telling me about putting Vaseline on the scar. That has significantly reduced my pain! Paracetamol could do nothing for my scar pain, but Vaseline, wow, I will be ever thankful for it!

Exercise is having to take a back seat at the moment, apart for short walks around the block. I’ve been told I can’t bend down for the foreseeable future due to the risk of getting a hernia! I’ve become surpringly adept at picking things up off the floor with with toes instead!

This last week has been my best; managed with my dad driving to go to Morrisons, and yesterday hubby and I had a mini drive followed by a short trip to the pub! Yay!

imageLuckily, we hadn’t booked a holiday this year, so no money wasted there. Instead, hubby is embarking on a DIY programme and is currently painting our frontimage fence (major plus as it’s needed doing for a while).

On the cat front, one of our boys got injured this week, and needed an operation to sew his leg back together. Initially, we had to hand feed him (tricky for me as I can’t bend over, however  I managed to entice him to the stairs to get him at the right height!) then yesterday, without going into too much detail, we had to do some personal grooming for him as his cone prevents all cleaning duties. Bless him!

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Unfinished Juneathon

Juneathon started late for me, then I tailed off. I’d been feeling under the weather and really tired, but had  it down to school and report writing etc. However, two weeks ago I developed a really bad pain in my tummy, GP sent me straight to A&E where I had a scan and it turned out I had appendicitis plus a problem with my colitis.

The NHS are brilliant, they took out all of the offending material, and I’ll get my results in a few days, hopefully all will be well and I won’t need anything else doing. But to go to the GP with a bit of a tummy ache, then be whisked in and operated on as soon as the results were in, I think that’s amazing!

All of the hospital staff were lovely, so reassuring,mind you I was pumped full of morphine for a lot of my time there!

So exercise is exceptionally moderate while I heal, just walks around the garden and I managed a walk around our mini block too today! Yay!

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Checking in days 16 and 17

Don’t know why, but have been exhausted this week. Fallen asleep as soon as I’ve got in! Magee. One mile walk tonight in the orchards and some physio.

Hoping for normal service to return soon!

That’s all folks! Off to bed now for more zzzzzzs :)

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Juneathon Days 14 and 15

I’m not doing too well this Juneathon. Yesterday only did about a mile of walking. Today no walking, but 30 mins physio this morning.

Man so tired. Went on a maths course this afternoon and after 5 minutes I had a headache. It was good, but full on. The last session was super hard. I couldn’t do buy neither could my colleagues, so not so bad.

My eyes are nearly shut with tiredness. Must go bed now. Night night.

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Juneathon days 12 and 13

Yesterday we had a friend round for tea so not much Juneathoning was completed. Walked about a mile taking her home and maybe nearly, just nearly another mile earlier in the day shopping.

Today and yesterday has all been about report writing, that ubiquitous curse of the summer term for teachers. I’ve done quite well and going to press on tomorrow as well as completing planning.  Not much of a restful weekend. But I’ll break the back of it that way.

Hubby has finished building me my swing seat in the garden, it is FANTASTIC!


I’m trying to go as long as possible at the moment without wine, 3 and a half weeks in at the moment, but I will love sitting there with a glass of red! Today it was just a cup of tea, but swinging gently in the warmth of the sun was just lovely! Thank you hubby!

Ooh and today’s Juneathoning, a 2 mile walk and a bit of physio.

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Juneathon Day 11

Another good day at work :) I took my new intake for my ICT club who happen to be children who will be in my class next year. They are so lovely. I’m really lucky to work in such an amazing school.

The rest of the day was good too, productive meetings and lots accomplished.

Thankfully, my head allowed me to get our IT guy to look at my home laptop. We have to use our own personal laptops for planning, so I thought it only fair that school coughed up for mine to be fixed! Apparently my hard drive is on its way out. He managed to do a fix, but will soon need to either buy a new laptop or hard drive. Thankfully I’ve had a massive tax rebate so that will help with either decision.

Juneathon today, only about 10 mins of physio today as I needed to be out of the house early to prep for meetings. Then we completed a 2.25 mile walk tonight. Photos from tonight’s walk; the first I think might be cow parsley? Not sure. But I liked how the light played on the flower. Hope it shows up. The second is of today’s sunset. Beautiful again :)cow parsley


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