I am sitting just about four weeks after my Kidney donation to my daughter. Although my recovery has been pretty good so far I am always wanting to push harder and it is my wife and daughter that are holding me back, well until last Monday that is.
On Monday I went for a follow up with the surgeons that do the kidney surgeries and the doctor said I was healing well. So I started thinking of when I would start exercising again. It didn’t go as well as I had hoped.
- I wanted to ride my bike – No
- I want to start going to the gym – No
- I want to start running – No
So the story is that although I am feeling good and healing well, the stitches on the inside still need to heal. I can not feel the healing but if I push too hard I can tear the stitches. So better safe than sorry for sure.
The picture to the left shows just how bloated my stomach was with all the air pumped into it during the surgery. I was shocked how tight it felt. I was able to make some great sounding drumming with my tummy. 🙂
The doctor in fact says that the best thing I can do is getting some walking in and be very careful not to put any stress against my core muscles
So What Can I Do Now?
So here I am trying to get healthy and heal. I have only walking to give me exercise which is fine. I have been finding that I can walk for 30 to 45 minutes at a time. Trouble is that if I walk too far I feel really tired and have to rest for a while.
Just as I expected in the first place the healing is going to take some time but as the same time I know that I have a bit of an insight on limitations.
I don’t often feel like I have limits, but right now I seem to have a lot of limits. I will just be taking my time to heal, doing my best over the next few weeks to walk a lot and then slowly ease back into my exercise routine as my stitches heal.