I have to admit, I never thought I would still be recovering 60 days later after major surgery. I simply blame my perspective on ignorance and I guess thinking I would just be the exception to the rule. But, here I am on a journey like many before me.
I still recall day 20 thinking that I was halfway to recovery. Then, by day 4o reality began to set into my heart. Suddenly, I realized that I was in for a much longer ride than anticipated.
Don’t get me wrong. Not one day regretted this surgery. I just know there are no quick fixes and you have to keep walking out this faith journey. A journey that is full of life lessons, gut checks, faith tests, and God moments.
I have no doubt that I’m improving. Yet, here are the things that are making the difference from my perspective.
#1 I keep walking through pain. Every day I get up, dress up, and show up. I don’t just lay in the bed and hope I get better. I walk when I don’t feel like it, I eat & drink what’s best for me, and I stay determined.
#2 I keep listening to what professionals with experience have told me. If they say I can do something, I do it. If they say I can’t, I don’t. The last thing I want to do is anything that could set me back in my recovery.
#3 I maintain a daily, consistent routine. I set anywhere from 4 – 6 alarms per day to remind me of things I should do. I take my meds on time. I walk when my body needs movement. And, I make sure I sleep when my body is totally exhausted.
#4. I keep reducing my meds on a weekly basis. I don’t just take pain meds just to take them. I only take pain meds when necessary at this point. I have a huge respect for any narcotics and any pain meds that could leave you a lifetime addict. In fact, I quit taking any narcotics weeks ago.
#5. I keep recognizing my limits. Not once have I lifted anything over 5 pounds. In fact, 60 days in I still get help putting on my socks and shoes. I’ve trained my mind to think before I do anything. You see, that one wrong move could quickly set you back.
#6. I’m honest with everyone around me. I don’t pretend like I’ve arrived. I let people know that I will do whatever I can, but I will keep taking care of myself. Pretending has no value, especially when it’s only going to sideline you longer.
#7. I threw my pride out the window. I don’t worry about what other people might think. Friends or family that love you will stick by you. They will give you the space and support you need to get better.
#8. I pray, pray, pray. I’m giving my recovery everything I’ve got. But, at the end of the day I’m relying on the GREAT physician more than I am my human physician. I give Him daily all I know I can’t control and no one else can do.
#9. I keep believing God for my healing. My faith only grows stronger by the moment. I fully believe God is taking me on a purposeful journey. It’s not a matter of if, but when that my full healing will take place. Faith carries me often when my flesh completely fails me.
#10. I daily let God use my journey. A huge part of healing is knowing that not one second of your struggle is a waste. God wants to use your struggle to help someone else going through a similar battle. It thrills my heart to know that my weakness is able to reveal God’s strength to others. I can identify so much more now with others who are struggling the same and much more than me.
These are just 10 things I’m doing at this time towards recovery. It’s not an exhaustive list, but it’s likely my top ten. I pray this helps someone else who has been knocked down in life.
Today, I’m so thankful for how far God has taken me. And, I’m super excited about how much further God is going to take me.
(Philippians 1:6)(ESV) And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.