It is now 36 days after my colon resection surgery. To refresh: I was diagnosed July 13th at stage 1, with a single cancerous polyp in the sigmoid colon. What was expected to be a simple, straightforward resection (If there is such a thing)lasted 5 1/2 hours. Besides taking two feet of my colon, the surgeons also took care of some adhesions I had from a 1968 appendectomy and also put my colon where it actually belongs, after finding it tucked behind my spleen and ribs. (Surgeon said it was probably there from birth.) I spent 10 days in the hospital, then another 3 weeks recovering at home, before my wife, our two dogs and I moved to Kearney, Nebraska.
Here's what I am experiencing now: I still get pretty sore in the small of my back if I stand too long, or walk too much on really hard surfaces. And although I feel like I am getting my strength and endurance back close to normal levels, there are times where things don't seem "quite right." Last night I fell asleep without my binder on. I woke up in the middle of the night and my abdomen felt like it was sliding towards my toes, so I put it on and felt a lot better. This weekend was also the first one traveling with my hockey team and things went pretty well. I do get help taking my stuff off the bus and getting it to where it needs to go, so that was a big help. (The surgeon told me in our last visit before my move, that I should wait about a month more before doing any heavy lifting.)
I'd love to hear your thoughts/experiences about and related to mine, regarding heavy lifting, traveling, wearing an abdominal binder or anything else you think I might expect.
Thanks for listening, thanks for sharing.