“Don’t let the size of your external laparoscopic incisions fool you, just because they heal up quickly. The internal surgery is just as extensive as back in the olden days when the external wound was stem to stern.” Such was the advice of a wise medically trained friend (RN) to me three weeks after my May 4th surgery.
“There’s a reason why your post-op instructions say no lifting for six weeks,” she adds. “Don’t get impatient. Take it easy. Give yourself time to heal.”
Hmm, I thought. That sounds a lot like the best recovery advice I’ve ever heard from the Lord Himself.
So, I followed her advice and took the last five weeks off from pretty much everything including any heavy lifting or sitting up to my desk. Instead I divided my time between reading, journaling, taking frequent short walks, and watching all the latest Christian movies from Netflix and Redbox. And then there was revisiting all the past Studio C reruns courtesy of BYU-TV.
Oh, don’t let me give you the wrong impression about my taste in media. I’m more than willing and able to watch at least a few of the milder, more thoughtful, “secular” made movies, and I am always eager to watch most documentaries. And I don’t mind reruns of the old-fashioned detective shows where the viewer does not get a nightmare-awful eyeful of the murder, the corpse or the autopsy. “Columbo,” “Murder She Wrote,” and “Rosemary and Thyme,” — that sort of thing.
And here-and-now? Well, I’m back at my desk, learning to use the Scrivener program to organize my memoir and Christ-centered addiction recovery manuscripts without stumbling around in my Windows Explorer folders and files. Scrivener is streamlining that process.
And now I’m back on the web (obviously), looking forward to sharing and connecting with others through this miraculous, modern technology. Yay! for FB and email and online Heart-t-Heart meetings, and of course, this here blog.
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