After 3 weeks and 5 days I have finally arrived home. I’m actually writing this having spent my first night back at home, and it feels great! I got back here early afternoon yesterday, and spent the afternoon relaxing, sorting a few light bits out, got myself some dinner, had a lie down on my own bed (which felt amazing). All afternoon I felt myself relax, and just move freer than before. It really was a massive leap in recovery. I also really appreciated the little things – my spot on the sofa, drinking tea out of my mug, silly little things like that that before hand I wouldn’t have given a second thought too. Typical that it takes 2 major operations and all of the other fun and games of the last few weeks to actually appreciate that stuff!
Last night was mixed. On the one hand I got cocky, and didn’t bother to take any precautionary painkillers. That being the case when my posture changed when I got into bed, the backaches appeared. And annoyingly they didn’t leave. After a little while I got up, took some paracetamol, had a cup of tea, then went back to bed. Things felt OK and I managed to get a very good night’s sleep. This morning was similar, only this time when I woke up I had a pain in the right hand side of my ribs. I got up and went to the bathroom, and somehow when I got back into bed the pain had gone… Not sure I understand how that one works but then again: my body never ceases to puzzle me! I managed to get some more sleep and have a proper lie in this morning which was luxury.
From now on I am staying here, carrying on daily exercises and activity, slowly building things up so I can not only do more but do more comfortably. If yesterday afternoon is anything to go by I should see some improvements over the next few days. I am however aware that as far as I have come, there’s still a long way to go. It’s just patience.
PS – another development as I was sorting this post out: just managed to hiccup without my back strongly disapproving… And thats without painkillers! The other day an unexpected hiccup managed to get me into a bit of a state for a short time. Slowly getting there…