Wednesday, January 22, 2014

1 Year After Myomectomy Surgery

It's been over a year since I've had my myomectomy surgery. Many of you have reached out to me, shared your personal stories with me, and have been curious about the long-term recovery process. Once again, what I share on this blog is my experience. I am not a physician. Your experience could be totally different that what I'm about to describe. That being said, here's the deal...

My Surgery took place October 12. I was home for 7 weeks and I went back to work on December 3.

Energy and Exercising
It took a few months for my energy level to return to pre-surgery levels. There were times I felt okay to take on a task but quickly realize that my energy was spent. I didn't force myself. I listened to my body and took it easy on myself. By the time Spring arrived, I was in the gym lifting weights and exercising with no problem. With a surgery like this, you abs are going to be weakened. I started off with light yoga and progressed to more intense ab work, which included squats and dead lifts.

These were taken July 2013, 9 months after surgery

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Surviving a Concentrated Winter Intersession Course

Taking a car nap in my car
The past 3 weeks for me have been intense. In addition to working, I took 2 concentrated courses: English Literature and Public Speaking. It's the day after finals and I still have a lingering headache BUT... I did it. In 3 weeks, I completed 2 classes equaling 6 credits. Now that both classes are complete, here's how I managed to survive it all.

Where did I find the time to do this, don't you have a full-time job?
I used my remaining PTO (Paid Time Off) hours to take Public Speaking in the morning, held Mon - Fri from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. The English Lit class was online. Driving from school to work only took 1/2 hour so I had time for traffic jams which thankfully I didn't have to worry about.


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