To put into perspective what "overdoing it" looks like for me, here is all that I did.
- Upon awakening Monday morning, I rested until time to get ready for my doctor's appointment (plastic surgeon).
- 10:30--I showered and blew dry my hair. Both washing and blow drying my hair are workouts.
- 11:30--I drove myself to the PS office. This was my very first time to drive post-surgery, and I will admit it was hard and very tiring.
- 12:30--drove myself home from PS office. This visit was uneventful. This was my first appointment with him post-surgery, and he just needed to check on me. I was cleared to walk slowly and short distances without swinging my arms for exercise. He also told me to start doing some arm exercises so I can get my range of motion back. I go back to see him again next week.
- 1:00--rested in recliner. My sweet friend who teaches my children piano, came to my house to pick them up for their lessons so that I could rest. I rested.
- 3:10--drove Leah and Sam to XC practice (met Olivia, Julie, and Clay there).
- 3:30--walked one lap around the track. That's 1/4 of a mile. That's all I did. Then I sat in a lawn chair until practice was over.
- 5:00--drove all the children home and basically rested until bedtime.
That tiny bit of activity combined with what I thought was adequate rest wore me out completely! I slept poorly for the first time since my surgery. I had more than discomfort, I had what I would consider pain, so I took tylenol, but still had a restless night.
I did stay in the recliner all day yesterday hoping that I would feel better. I felt pretty good as long as I was reclined, but whenever I walked around for a short period of time, I got pretty uncomfortable. Last night I tried to sleep in the bed, but it just hurt too badly. I got back in my recliner. I guess I will be sleeping in the recliner for quite a while. In fact, in the reading online I have been doing, that seems to be normal--recliner sleeping. I had another restless, not able to sleep, feeling like I was being stabbed night.
And this morning it dawned on me, why I couldn't sleep, and why I was so uncomfortable yesterday despite my resting. I finished my twice a day Valium on Sunday. I didn't realize how much that helped with the muscle discomfort (stabbings). In fact, when the nurse in the hospital first gave me the Valium I told her that I did not need that. My nerves and anxiety level were fine! (I thought that was what Valium was for.) She explained that it served as a muscle relaxer, and would aid my recovery. She was right! So this morning I took a non-drowsy muscle relaxer (not sure of the name), and I feel so much better. I am definitely going to continue taking these before bedtime so I can get some rest in my recliner.
I walked 1/3 of a mile today on our driveway. Very slowly. And I did not swing my arms.
Progress. Slow, but progress.