One of Those Days
Yesterday was one of those days that make life interesting. As I recover from surgery, I must be aware of some warning signs, things like a fever of 101 f or above, unusual pain or swelling at the incision sites and so on. Well yesterday, I was keeping my eye on my temperature. I was lethargic, running a temp hovering around 100 for much of the day. I didn’t want to get up from my chair to walk around as I should. I dozed off much of the day. At one point, I remarked to my wife that this is the worst day I can recall since my recovery from knee replacement (a mere 5 months ago).
Like all things, however, I realized that this was a temporary condition, that it will pass given enough time. So it did. I awoke this morning with a clear head and a normal temperature. My incision sites still provide a minor irritant, mostly itching as they heal, and a bit of pain when I change positions, nothing I wouldn’t consider part of the normal healing process.
I still have a sore throat, the result of intubation. Apparently the anesthesiologist had a difficult time getting the breathing tubes down my throat which resulted in sore vocal cords. Even that is getting better.
Because of the fever, however, each of these seemed to multiply yesterday into a day I wanted to feel sorry for myself. As I kept repeating the mantra, “This too shall pass,” I was able to let go of the aches and pains as I moved through the day. I am happy to report that I am back feeling as well as I could expect to feel on the sixth day post surgery and for that I am grateful.