Progress Update #16
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
My leg swelled when I increased my activity level over the weekend. I'm not a happy camper. The pain is awful. My whole leg is stinging and throbbing. This morning, my physical therapist worked on trying to move the fluid around so my body would reabsorb it. It hurt like crazy but she was successful. The areas around my scars are tight and have little electrical shocks running through them. This is ridiculous! I'm 17 weeks post op and this shouldn't be happening. I realize that I had huge amounts of soft tissue damage but when will this end?
On the way home from therapy, I made a quick trip to the grocery store. When I got back in the car and headed home, I thought I was going to be sick to my stomach. I cranked up the air conditioning in the car and aimed it right on my face. It worked like a charm but then I started to feel dizzy. I took a side street so that I could pull over until I felt better able to drive. It was scary. I told hubby about it when I got home. If it happens again, I will call him to come and drive me back home. I feel better having a plan.
It is now 11pm and the pain is keeping me awake. I took some strong pain medication earlier and it took the edge off. As soon as that wore off the pain returned. Maybe if I can get some sleep, it will help the pain. This is not my idea of a functional life. I'm trying hard not to turn into an angry, bitter person. It isn't easy.