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I’ve been home 8 days now and I’m happy to say that the 28lbs of fluid that came home in my body as now gone. My legs are my own again and I no longer look like a rugby prop forward. The downside of losing the fluid is that I can now feel some pain mainly in my rib cage which was wired back together after the surgery.

A lot of the stitches have now dissolved 😊 so they no longer itch like they did which is a bonus. I also have bouts of extreme tiredness which come over me all of a sudden and I either have to take myself off to bed for an hour or sit like a nodding dog on the settee.

My concentration seems to come in bursts of clarity ( wow that impressed me 😏) or I find it hard to focus, I miss painting so much and I’ve been trying to do a finger painting on my iPad for several days.

All of this I’m told is quite normal and I just need to rest, eat and keep moving. I’m moving often, they have put me on a water tablet to get rid of any excess fluid 🀭 I just wish that wasn’t happening every hour on the hour all day and all night!

I’m enjoying reading all your posts unless they’re too funny because it hurts to laugh πŸ˜‚

The strange thing is that I actually feel better now than I did previously to the surgery, I can breathe so much easier and I know it’s only a matter of time before I get up to speed and start painting again .😊



  1. So pleased you can breathe more easily Elaine and so happy to know your surgery went well and you are now making a good recovery.
    Like Margaret says, slow steps, and remember your body has been through a major trauma.. Listen to it.. So sleep when you need sleep and rest when you need to..
    Much love and sending well wishes Elaine..
    Take care of YOU ❀

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  2. I’m sure you made a good rugby forward while it lasted. Hopefully the tramadol will take a little edge of the rib pain as you heal, but it’s good the stitches are dissolving, they must have used the nicer ones (rather than the thick black horrible ones certain hospitals, like the last one I was in for the emergency op, seem to use because they hate their patients). As for the exhaustion, I’m not surprised. I am surprised you’re still managing to write blog posts. It’s very, very early days, your body has taken a lot of trauma with illness ongoing for months and then this huge operation. A little movement, lots of weeing πŸ˜‰, and heaps of rest, and hopefully you’ll feel up to doing a little more painting before too long. Best avoid anything too hilarious by the sound of it too, I imagine laughing, just like coughing, will be pretty painful. To already feel better than you did is wonderful. Now, off to rest, Mrs! πŸ˜‚ xxxx

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  3. Glad to hear you are making a good recovery and doing well otherwise. πŸ™‚ Keep on resting. Maybe don’t stare at your phone for too long haha! Hope you will be able to get back to painting soon!

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  4. They sound like frustrating steps – but good steps just the same as you are moving forward, which is great. Can’t wait for you to be painting again too!

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  5. Rugby’s loss is your gain, Elaine! πŸ˜‰
    As others have said just take it easy and you’ll be back to painting in no time.

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  6. Nodding dog sounds good to me. I do that too, and I haven’t had major surgery ! Just keep nodding ‘tween bouts of weeing and you’ll be painting in to time xxx

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    1. I am recovering thank you, I slept well last night which has reminded me of the great opportunity that I’ve been given . Baby steps πŸ˜„

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