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04 March 2009 @ 08:16 am
 
BACK TO WORK

My first day back at work was felt really long.  Of course I do work 12hr shifts (8am-8pm)! aybe that’s why it felt so long!  My job actually is really great; I work at the Airport.  I help political VIPs through the airport process.  I often have down time between my activities; when I am able to rest.

I felt like a little girl on the first day back at school after summer vacation.  I was nervous, anxious, spent extra time on getting ready, wondering if anyone would notice how I had changed.  It went REALLY well.  My husband told me it would!  Those who knew I had the surgery commented on how well I looked, those who didn't just said 'I haven't seen you in a while.'  No funny looks at all!

For me the hardest part was being away for 13hrs straight! (travel time and all)  When NOON rolled around I was ready to go home.  I thought to myself, OK I’ve been here long enough! :)  I suppose that may take some getting used to again.  The afternoon went really well (easier than the morning), by the time I was done at 8, I was tired but not exhausted.

I drove home, had a bite to eat and went straight to bed.  I slept a blissful 10 hours!!  

I’m glad I was off the next day to recoup.  I only work 3 days a week and my next two days are back to back Thursday and Friday.  I’m sure by then I will have more energy.  I really do find that every day I get less and less tired.  

My friend asked me last night what % I feel better..  I would say 90-95% back to normal.  That is not just based on how I feel (I felt almost that good in week 3 and 4) but now my body backs me up!  I can go out for the day and not have to sit and take breaks! (I was doing that even at 4weeks post-op)  The good thing is that when I did feel tired, I just needed to have a seat and relax for a few minutes; I didn’t need to sleep to feel recharged.


SLEEPING

I have never had issues with sleeping through the night before this surgery.  Of course, I was also the type that needed a solid 8hrs of sleep every night to feel human.

Since the surgery a couple of things have changed.  First is that I sleep nearly 10hrs every night.  I’m fortunate not to have to get up to send the kids off to school or anything like that.  (I know a woman who did, what she would do is just take a nap throughout the day when ever she could sneak one in).  I’m thankful I am able to get all my sleeping in at night.

That being said, I cannot tell you the last time I slept through the night without waking up.  I wake up at least 3 times in the night. Not that I’m really awake and want to start my day; but I wake up, have to change positions and I fall back to sleep.  Pre-surgery I would fall asleep on my side and wake up where-ever; usually on my back.  Now, I wake up every time I have to change positions.  I’m not in pain, just uncomfortable, I move and fall back asleep.

I have been able to sleep on my sides, for a short amount of time, for a few weeks.  That is really good for me because I love to fall asleep on my side.  I have also found I am able to lie on my stomach for a bit too! (my bed is one of those soft/spongy ‘tempur’ mattress – I’ve heard stomach sleeping is easier on those)

Again, every day that passes I seem to wake up less and less.  I'm also able to spend more time on my sides before I feel that  I need to change positions.