16 September 2015
tending home while recuperating from surgery..
once upon a time when my daughter was little and i was young(er) and energy was at a premium, i kept a clean home. a very clean home. by 9am my home was ready for the day .. scoured, vacuumed, tidied. i kept to a card file system of doing particular things every day and most of the time it worked out very well. the rest of the day was spent with my little girl, going to the park (twice), finger painting, building blocks, baby dolls, cute little kid videos, reading, snuggling, bathies, laundry, preparing meals, and readying myself for my husband's arrival home ..
that was many years ago and i'm no longer young(er) and my energy isn't tippy top. in fact, energy is sorely lacking at present due to recuperating from surgery. abdominal surgery isn't for the faint of heart - any surgery really - for it prevents one from a full capacity kind of existence and things go by the wayside. understandably so. today at 4:30pm will mark one week since surgery. and as of this morning, i sense i've turned a corner and from this point on am in true healing mode. healing that is noticeable to me personally. i live in my skin and my impatient self wanted to be well - already. not gonna happen, friends. things take a bit more time when you're a bit older. a spring chicken i'm not. but as i said, as of this morning i sense i've turned a corner.
that said, there are some things i'll do today that won't tax my abilities at present and will offer the satisfaction of getting a few tasks completed. this will go far in helping me to have a better outlook of my home.
i have to walk. that's a given post surgery activity. it's in my post surgical guidelines. after surgery and while in the hospital i first stood up at midnight with the help of my nurse. i was fairly wobbly but determined to make it to the potty room or else!
in abdominal surgery, standing up from a sitting position reveals the need to go slow while supporting your lower quadrant. every single time. once standing upward, you need to straighten your spine so your stance is tall. then reach high and stretch. get your bearings again and begin walking. that could take me outside with the pooch while she frolics or does her duty. and since i'd be outside i may as well bring some trash, recycle, or compost to the bins. i can't lift much (it's in the guidelines) so i may have to make a couple trips. that's okay .. it aids in wellness.
then i rest. and i've fallen asleep rather fast the past week - usually on the couch. always remember and never feel guilty for resting. it's paramount to recovery. in fact, it's paramount for recovery post surgery as well as going through tough emotional/spiritual crisis. remember that.
other than doing a bit of kitchen tidying nothing else has really happened in my home to keep it clean the past week. today i'm making efforts to change that. all within parameters keeping me safe and not overtaxing my abilities at present.
living room :: fluff pillows and straighten ottoman magazines, books, and take time to dust surfaces. this involves walking, gentle squats, and light arm movements.
kitchen :: there were projects on the kitchen table before my hospital stay and those projects remain. i can organize them and complete one project in particular. the other project will wait for me to fix my sewing machine. it's not the end of the world. hot sudsy water in the sink and dishes can be washed, rinsed, and set in the drainer. i can clean the counters and stove top.
bathrooms :: with a gentle careful squat i can put bowl cleaner in the bowl and swish. i can also spray and wipe the mirror and surfaces. i can change out the towels.
bedroom :: straightening sheets/comforter and fluffing pillows goes a long way to making the room pretty and inviting. then i look at my dresser and see an overwhelming collection on top as well as scarves spilling from their drawer. i think i have 1,431 scarves. at least. that's a project for another day because right now it's a bit overwhelming.
laundry :: i'm short and reaching into the washer to transfer clothing etc to the dryer isn't comfy for my tender tummy area at present. i can put clothing in but need to wait for the hubs to get home from work to transfer to the dryer. that's okay .. a job fully done working together.
the floors in my home can wait. or that sweet man will sweep and swish .. he's always been the sort of man to meet a need when he sees it as a need. he's swell.
things not in their proper place can be picked up in a lightweight basket or paper grocery bag .. then walk to whichever room an item belongs and deposit it in it's rightful place. i'm still within my post surgery guidelines of not lifting too much too soon.
while it'd be easy to do absolutely zip zero nada .. choosing instead to lollygag on the couch watching pride and prejudice while eating bon bons 24x7, necessary healing requires necessary activity. and today a corner is turned in just that direction... besides, bon bons are seriously overrated. blech.
one more thing. water. drink water. always have a glass or water bottle at the ready. water purifies your body and post surgery you need it to survive, cleanse your system from anesthesia and trauma, flushing any toxins out and hydrating well. so drink your water! even without a surgery excuse, drink your water!!!
i know my mom reads my blog and has my best at heart and i love her so - - - so mama - please know i'm not overdoing it. little by little, bit by bit, smidgen by smidgen .. then rest. ♥♥♥♥♥
until next time,