Pretty much everything I every write comes from personal experiences or learning from other people’s experiences. Since May 4th my life has been consumed with focusing on recovery from a very painful back surgery. Along with strategically seeking to do my best to get back healthy, I’ve been keeping a daily journal of each day’s progress. According to social media my Day 18 update seemed to relate to most. Maybe it will encourage you.
Day 18 Surgery Recovery Update: Why am I awake at 2am? I just went to sleep around 11pm last night and was sound asleep. At this point that’s a pretty easy question. So far day or night my body screams for some kind of pain medication around every 3 hours. And until I get some kind of relief sleep is never an option.
Right now my active bag of medicines resemble something you would only find by a dying man’s bed side. The good news is I’m not dying even if sometimes I feel like it. Seriously, I can’t believe how far I’ve come and yet the pain still feels so bad many times a day. This is when it really helps to understand the process.
I recall often the words my doctor told me prior to surgery. He said, “This surgery is going to be very painful. You may hate me for at least 6 weeks. But, you might love me in 6 months based on the relief this surgery could provide.
My journey is very similar to what many of you are processing. Whether grieving the loss of someone you loved or healing from some painful accident or procedure.Healing always takes time when the pain is deep. You have moments you feel so much better. Then you have moments when the pain feels just as fresh as before.
I’m very hopeful because I know things will get better with time. I’m also very realistic knowing that moments of pain are normal for this process. Praise God with each day my pain becomes less. The medications I need continue to decrease. I’m able to do things today I could not even think about days before.
For example, 8 days after my surgery I was still spending over 23 hours per day in the bed. Now, I’m up able to sit up several hours a day and walking one to two miles every day with a walker.
You see, progress should never be measured by just feelings. It’s about recognizing how far God has taken you today and trusting God to take you even further tomorrow.Most people recovering from anything tough in life don’t just get back on their feet over night. They simply keep taking the next right step in front of them and God blesses our efforts.
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) 3 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.3 A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up.4 A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. 5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. 6 A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. 7 A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. 8 A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.