The main goal from a physical standpoint this week was to rest. So far so good. The thing about recovering from this surgery is that so far it has been much easier than I expected. Still no pain and the discomfort level has dropped quite a bit. So much so that I got a walk in today, but more about that in a minute. The big issue for me is to do what I can and be ready for doing more when the doctor lets me. I have an appointment with him on the 21st in the morning and hopefully we can clarify more what specifics this recovery is going to involve.
The Body Rundown:
Weight Lifter: Oddly enough in this world of weight restriction of 15 lbs. I have found lifting to be really helpful. The main issue as I read the restrictions is that they do not want me to use my upper body in any way that would put strain on the incision. Squats have now become extremely useful in using my legs more to lift my body up off things without using my arms to pull myself up. Glad I don’t skip Leg Day. What I want to propose to the doctor after recovery is a graduates pyramid up each week until I am back to normal. I am thinking 4 sets of 8-10 until I get back to normal. For example the first day I come back my Squat might be 45 lbs. (the bar), 65 lbs. 85 lbs. and 95 lbs. Week 2 would start at 95 lbs. then 115lbs. 135 lbs. and 155 lbs. At that point I would be back to mostly normal by week 3 or 4. This would take me into September which at that point I switch to 3×8-10 for the Fall. I will have to see what the surgeon thinks.
Hiker – I guess I proved I am a Hiker today in some small way as I got out on the trail (no pack or gear, just a trekking pole) and hit 20 minutes. There is no restriction on how much I can walk other than don’t overdo it. I think given that I can’t lift for another three weeks at least, I am going to tray to get my walking up to two hours by the end of the recovery period. I think I can for the moment get away with a fanny pack and my trekking pole for balance although I haven’t needed it. I was sore across the ribs today but that is probably the surgery and sitting around too much. It was nice to get outside.
Nutritionist: I would say my meals have been small. I have done this on purpose because I am less active right now. That said if diabetic sugar scores are an indicator I have discovered something interesting by taking my sugar scores. In the morning right after I wake up is when they are the most high. By mid morning after I eat they drop 20 points and by afternoon they drop another 5-10 points. Basically somewhere in the night they spike upward and then they gradually curve downward as the day goes by. Of course I spiked upward the day after surgery but other than that this pattern hold pretty well. I have an appointment on the 25th with the nutritionist so I will see what I can do to tighten this further and get some better education on what diet I need to follow.
Blessings and Cheers!!!