Recovery at last?
As many of you probably know by now, on Thursday I had back surgery. It went well, and I will hopefully recover fully, though it is a bit early still to be sure. Unfortunately I had an allergic reaction to the anaesthetics and/or pain meds, so I spent most of the day wretchedly sick and unable to keep anything down, but happily I recovered by next morning and was able to have quite a nice weekend. I have been in surprisingly little pain, though I am still quite sore, especially in my hip/leg area, but this may just be that the nerve is still inflamed after being irritated for so long. At least I hope so, time will tell. It's almost like I don't dare to believe that it will all soon be over after eight months of pain.
I have to say that I have received so much love and support from my friends and followers all over the world throughout this ordeal, and for that I am truly deeply thankful and very moved. These uplifting words and healing thoughts have carried me through the pain and anxiety and left me feeling loved and blessed, and I will forever feel grateful about it.
I was well enough by Saturday to walk around a bit and get dressed up to celebrate the 17th of May, Norway's Constitution Day! It was also the 200-year anniversary of our constitution, when Norway took its first step towards being an independent country after 400 years under Danish rule. I had originally planned to wear a bunad, the national costume, for the first time, as my grandmother has put hers at my disposal (it looks like this), and really wanted to go to Oslo to properly celebrate in the capital, but because of the surgery this was not to be. I didn't even get the chance to put the bunad on, as it was still at my grandparents' house. So I was pretty disappointed, but all I could do was make the best of it. And I did get ice cream, which was the most important thing. You can't not have ice cream on the 17th of May.
My hair was weird that day - half wavy and half straight. Don't know why that happened.
The past few days have been about gradually building up my strength without putting too much strain on my back, so I just take things very easy and don't walk too far, mainly just stroll around in the garden periodically and lie down in between. I wish I could just spend all my time outside these days, though; the weather is so lovely and warm!
Have you ever had to undergo surgery? What was your experience like?