Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #32)
Sun Mar 4, 2012, 11:47 PM
csziggy (22,793 posts)
38. Mostly what I dread is being aournd people 24 hours a day
I am used to spending most of my time alone here at the farm. Other than short trips I haven't been around people all day and at night since I moved out of the dorm in college. Even when I went to the seminar last fall, I could get away in the evenings and be pretty close to alone. It gave me time to decompress from being around people.
After my hysterectomy while in the hospital I was stressed by being monitored constantly, but at least I was groggy enough from the operation it didn't bother me a huge amount. But the rehab facility (as I imagine it) will be more like being in a dorm and I can't see that I would have the private time I am used to.
I am pretty compulsive about being alone so the idea worries me when I'm not sure what the true situation will be. I may see how much a private room would be and if I can afford it.
As for "entertainment, I think I'll get the tablet. I can download some PDF books for free or maybe even get an app and get an ebook to try that out. That way I'll have the internet for mindless surfing but if I feel like it, I can actually read something with a plot if I have the energy to follow it. Before I leave home I can set up one of my needlework projects with all the tools and if I feel good enough my husband can bring it to me.
The physical therapy sounds pretty good - MUCH better than either shoulder surgery aftermath or my last knee surgery. I'll just say that the recovery from each of those took longer than expected and took a lot of work to get past.
So getting up and walking around right away sounds GREAT! Even if it hurts a lot to start with, there will be the promise that it won't hurt forever - or get worse every day like my knees now.
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