I cannot believe that I am posting a picture of my actual scar on the internet but as I actually hadn’t “seen” it properly, I decided to try and snap some “scar selfies” to see what it actually looks like. I’m pretty impressed with it – it’s bigger than I thought and gives my body some added texture. I don’t know how many people would agree with this sentiment, but I think scars are a thing of beauty, a storyteller, if you like, of how a body has lived.
Living in this moment, this week has been mixed – and that’s been OK with me as the previous week was huge in terms of recovery milestones. As I mentioned in my last post, my physio encouraged me to slow down if I was feeling a bit sore and last Wednesday I surrendered to slowing down and in hindsight, it was well worth it. I had a few days where I didn’t meet my target step goal, but that was OK as during the week I increased my total steps from 50, 000 to 60, 000 and increased my time on the spin bike to 25 minutes a day.
I have used the down time to read books and magazines and to try some new recipes. Teresa Cutter’s Homemade Baked Beans featured as did Nadia Felsch’s Healthified Banana Bread. In between the books and recipes, I’ve been napping – seriously! I think my body needed it. I was really impressed with both recipes – and I am looking forward to trying some more recipes from their respective blogs. Inspired by Lisa from Bikebakeblog, I picked up Lola Berry’s “The Happy Cookbook” for twenty bucks at Big W today. My excuse was that I was “working out” at the time. I have been starting to use shopping centres as a place to practice walking on the flat and doing some window shopping at the same time!
This week I reach the six weeks post op mark and according to my surgeon’s handout, it’s when the rehabilitation begins to ramp up a little more. I am looking forward to this immensely but also looking forward to taking some breaks where I curl up with a book and rest to balance out the activity.
What are your thoughts on scars? Yay or nay?