**UPDATE AT 3 PM MST
I know I’m feeling better because I was able to stay up rather late last night and sitting up wasn’t the huge abdominal scream it usually is. It’s still not very comfortable, but it was a lot less painful than yesterday.
I haven’t taken my pain pills today, as I’m just feeling a bit sore, but not in need of drugs that make me feel really funky. Perhaps after a walk outside I will need something stronger than the internet to distract me from what’s going on.
Even though I am not able to do a lot of things, I am hoping to accomplish some cleaning, violin practice and general move-around-the-house-without-walking-into-walls. I know I’m not doing well when a door frame seems really narrow and I walk into one side or the other. So far I’ve been pretty good. I even managed to make myself a smoothie for breakfast. . . washing up afterwards is something I still need to tackle.
The steri-strip that is in my belly button has started to really irritate me. The strips on my left side are hardly noticeable on the sensitivity scale, but the belly button strips are really starting to irritate me. I don’t want to pick at anything so I’m doing my best to just.keep.typing.and.ignore.the.nasty.feeling. The strips on my right side are okay. The ones that cover the hole where the drain was are really loose so I put some cloth tape over those to help keep them down. They’ll probably be the first to fall off, which is okay, but I’m trying to keep that from happening as I don’t relish the idea of constantly replacing gauze over the hole. I’m not squeamish about it, I just like the idea of having these strips do the work rather that me constantly worrying if the gauze has fallen off and I’m going to bleed all over my shirt.
I have some serious back pain going on and shoulder pain. I blame the inability to properly stretch these muscles out. I’ve tried to roll my shoulders and have good posture. Those two things usually helps my shoulders, but the back pain is just from the inability to move those torso muscles the way I want.
We went to lunch at a place that does really good Mexican food (for Montana). Their poblanos fritos are AMAZING. Anyways, happy times. No pain pills, not too sore, but I did have to wander around with my pants unbuttoned (TMI? Well, try having a sore belly and buttoning your jeans. . . trust me, it’s easier to just not bother). Apparently this is a pregnancy thing too, so I guess I’m getting in the practice now. . .
Today’s pain can be best described as “working your abs so much it hurts to laugh, walk fast or cough.” There’s still the belly button irritation from the tape. About 30 minutes ago though, my pain escalated to a whole new level due to my period. (How’s THAT for Too Much Information?) If I thought I was strong enough to last the day without pain pills, I was dead wrong. So ladies, when your torso is healing up and your uterus decides to start contracting. . . trust me, you want those pain pills!! It’s a horrible burning sensation of muscles being used that really would rather relax and restore themselves.
My dog is very concerned as I pretty much went from conversational to whimpering. The poor thing just wants to play but I am in no shape to put shoes on and go outside and bend/squat to pick up a toy and then fling said toy. Sometimes I sit back and realize just how much of my daily routine is just going to have to collect dust for a few more days or curl up on the couch and keep me company.