Post Operative Blues: The Emotional Highs & Lows after Discharge …

It has been six weeks since my surgery and officially met a huge scheduled landmark in recovery: “expect to feel recovered and back to almost ‘normal’ after six to eight weeks.” It’s standard procedure to feel better after this long; wounds would have healed by then, the likelihood of any complications decreases with time, and the body would be back into a homeostasis – a relatively stable equilibrium – stance. That being said, that is for the ‘average’ patient, one who fits within the limitations of the criteria for the surgery. However, the need for surgery usually indicates something that needed fixing…


May Goals

How did April’s goals go? Here is what I set myself for the month of April: GOALS: Recover. Recover. Recover. TASKS: Plan some blog content. Make my way through my To-Watch list. Walk for 20 minutes every day.   Let’s recap… For the first week of April I spent time in hospital recovering from the immediate effects of having surgery. This saw me struggle with getting back on my feet – literally, I had low BP and a high heart rate for a couple days after the operation, so I was on a monitor for the first 72hrs. I had a…


April 2019

Recover   Stoma wise; we had a few changes during my admission to my stoma – she shrank down in the immediate post op period and I could get away with a couple days without a change. In the weeks since discharge, I’ve had to try new things, including a deeper convexity on my bag. With my seal, without it, but definitely without paste. It does feel like things are creeping back up to the normal before surgery but I have found a two piece bag easier to manage and control my cutting and usage. So whilst I still get…


One Month Post Surgery

Four weeks, twenty-eight days.  Admittedly, I did write my last update – you can read it here – abit later than I’d originally planned but still, to think it’s been a month since surgery is just mind blowing. During these last two weeks I learnt a heck of alot more! Some brief highlights: I got myself off the Oxycodene after fourteen days. Big win moment. I was sleeping in a more regular pattern and could restart my usual morning routine. I found a way to shower and wash my hair without causing much grief to my wound! We did more dressing changes at…


Life Lately | Wound Care

DISCLAIMER: This post discusses the care of surgical wounds. No photos of any wounds are present in this post. The thing with surgery is you are left with scars. Scars mean wounds. And wounds mean wound care. For each of my bowel surgeries, I’ve been left with wound in the immediate post op period. My Right Hemicolectomy left me with four laparoscopic wounds, one of which was in my belly button and became infected. My Subtotal Colectomy I had a midline incision which came slightly undone about two weeks post op and scared the life out of me at a…



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