Friends, neighbors and even doctors will tell you: "Hernia surgery is a simple procedure and recovery is relatively quick".
Well, hernia surgery may be "simple" for the surgeon, but NOT for the patient. And, as this blog will clearly outline,
if complications occur after the operation, recovery will NOT be quick, but difficult and painful.
In my case, the complications I faced were: Pulmonary Embolism(see the post titled "Day Eight", Friday, May 11, 2012) and long-lasting, post-operative pain.
Today marks the THREE MONTH anniversary of my surgery. I am feeling *MUCH* better! I've made considerable progress over the past week. I can't point to anything that I'm doing different, but I can say with certainty that my pain has subsided to the point where I am finally doing things without thinking about the pain.
I ran two miles twice this past week and didn't feel ANY pain in my surgery area during, or after, the run. I call that progress! I am going to get back on my mountain bike next week. I've targeted the end of July, or the beginning of August, as the time I would see myself back on the bike and I'm right on schedule!
Have I finally turned the corner and now heading toward full recovery, without chronic pain? I can't say for sure at this point, since the pain can very well come back. But, I'm holding hope that I am over the last, or one of the last, hurdles in this ordeal.
Continuing with the Coumadin every day, at 4PM. No chest pain, although a few times I've been out of breath for no apparent reason(one time while sitting still on a chair, doing nothing) and felt as though I was having an anxiety attack. That worries me, but like everything else about this journey, I will wait it out and see if it's temporary, or something more serious.