Health

Tips for a Smooth Recovery Following a Surgical Procedure

At certain points in all of our lives, it’s more or less inevitable that we will have to undergo various surgical procedures in order to maintain our health and keep our quality of life optimal.

The specific surgical procedures that you go through at any given point in your life will vary substantially based on your specific circumstances. It may be that you will have your tonsils taken out, or your appendix removed, or that you will book yourself in for a vasectomy, or that you may even require a major organ transplant.

doctors performing surgery

In any event,  recovering from a surgical procedure is rarely what most people would describe as “fun” or “up-lifting.” Instead, the recovery process tends to be at least somewhat painful, boring, irritating, and disheartening, among other things.

But, whether you are looking at a vasectomy recovery process, or a longer-term and weightier procedure and recovery process, there are certain things you can do in order to smooth the way ahead, and make your time spent convalescing as “positive” as possible.

Here are a few tips for a smooth recovery following a surgical procedure.

Be compassionate with yourself, and create as comfortable an environment as possible for the recovery process

If you ended up going to the hospital for your surgical procedure, only to return home shortly afterward to a completely cluttered, chaotic, messy, and inhospitable environment, it stands to reason that your recovery process is going to be unnecessarily difficult and disheartening.

Instead of approaching things in this careless sort of manner, exercise a bit of self compassion and forward planning, to the greatest extent possible, and try to create as comfortable an environment as possible at home, or for that matter in the hospital room if you are going to be spending some time recovering in the hospital itself.

Among other things, this can mean having some creature comforts waiting for you in your overnight bag, tidying up your home before going in for your procedure and stocking the fridge with tasty morsels, stocking up on your DVD or audio book collection in advance, or any number of other things.

Either way, you want to ensure that the environment you’re going to be in during your recovery phase is as comfortable as possible, and contains enough features that can bring a bit of joy, distraction, and pleasure to your life, as you can realistically manage.

patient in bed recovering from surgery

Plan ahead – consult with your specialist, and book enough time off work

Certain procedures – particularly elective procedures – are often packaged as having “no recovery time required” or allowing you to “go straight back to work” the next day. In some cases, this may be true, although in many other cases, you may well find yourself in for a nasty surprise if you have in fact failed to book enough time off work, only to then have to drag your miserable, suffering body into the office and attempt to be productive.

You should plan ahead cautiously, and always err on the side of booking more time off work then you think you’ll likely actually need, for your recovery phase.

You should also consult with your specialist and ask them as many questions as you feel inclined to, regarding the commonly reported experiences of the recovery process, and the potential complications and implications of it. You may, even then, not get an answer that is completely accurate to your own experience – but it’s certainly a place to start.

Recovery is the kind of thing that should happen in a state of more or less complete rest and relaxation – or at least, as close to such a state as you can manage. By trying to juggle too many of your normal everyday responsibilities, while your body is in a weakened state and needs all the resources it can muster to heal, you can directly sabotage the recovery process, and cause it to draw out for significantly longer than it should. You may even contribute to further complications, as a result.

It’s important to note, however, that whatever time you do book off work for the sake of recovery should actually be spent resting and recovering – and shouldn’t be used as a great excuse to do DIY projects around the house, or to go and meet friends in town. Create as much of a peaceful and low-obligation environment and situation for yourself as possible.

Set things up so that there is a light hobby or project you can work on during your recovery, if you feel up to it

While your recovery period should be spent recovering rather than being very active, it may nonetheless be the case that you find the idea of lying around in bed all day, for days at a stretch, extremely boring and stressful.

Feeling emotionally terrible in this way isn’t going to do any favours for your recovery, either. So, in order to offset this potentiality, try to set things up so that there is a light hobby or project you can work on during your recovery period, if you feel up to it. This could be something as simple as listening to lectures on audiobook, drawing some pictures, or cataloguing some stamps for a collection.

The key point is that you should have activities available to you that help to make you feel more engaged and positive, but that don’t cause an excessive amount of exertion, at the same time.

Try to arrange to have family or friends around you on a regular basis, during your recovery period

Longer recovery processes, in particular, can often be quite stressful, and can lead to very difficult feelings of social alienation, if you’re not able to resume your normal everyday life and routines in a hurry.

Of course, though, Regular social interaction with friends and family is essential for proper emotional regulation, and for enjoying a sense of well-being, in general.

Try to arrange to have family or friends around you on a regular basis, during your recovery period. This could mean inviting people over to watch movies with you at your house while you’re still convalescing, or it could even mean inviting someone you’re particularly close with to spend weekends living with you.

However you manage it, having your loved ones around you will certainly help to promote a smoother recovery process.

 

4 wonderful benefits of eating home grown & organic

We’re all told that we should eat more fruit and vegetables. We’re constantly reminded that we need to cut back on processed and prepackaged foods (and for the sake of budgeting it’s probably a good idea to cut down on the takeaways too). Yet while this is ostensibly good advice, it overlooks a fundamental truth. A lot of the veggies and fruits we see on the supermarket shelves are not as nutritious as they could be. Thankfully under EU regulations genetically modified (GMO) crops are largely kept off British plates although meat eaters may eat animals that have been raised on GMO crops like corn or soybeans. What’s more, this regulation may change after Brexit and result in an influx of genetically modified veggies.

home grown carrots

Nonetheless, the fact remains that many of the fruits and vegetables we see on supermarket shelves are grown for their marketable appearance rather than their nutritional content. They can be treated with harmful pesticides or grown with harsh chemical fertilisers and all these things can have a range of implications for your health. When you switch to home grown and organic veggies, you benefit in a number of big ways…

It can save you money in the long term

Growing your own veggies and fruits may require some initial outlay but even if you don’t have a garden you can still self grow. A window box is enough to grow herbs and some vegetables and if you feel like trying your hand at hydroponic vegetable growing visit Essex Hydro Gardens. A modest setup can see you grow all kinds of veggies for years, thereby saving you money in the long term.

It’s potentially more nutritious

Home grown and organic veggies have the potential to be way more nutritious than their counterparts which are bred for appearance over nutrition. Grown in contaminant free soil and without harmful pesticides, your home grown and organic food will provide much more nutritional content than supermarket produce, saving you money on vitamin supplements which simply aren’t necessary when you eat organic.

What’s more, the longer produce sits on the supermarket shelf, the more its nutritional content starts to dwindle. Growing your own produce allows you to pick it and serve it straight away for maximum freshness and nutritional value.

It’s way better for the environment

Growing your own produce or buying produce from organic farms that use sustainable methods is a more sustainable and responsible consumer choice. It’s a choice that takes money out of the coffers of industrialised farming and votes with your wallet for a more sustainable future. What’s more, growing your own produce is one of the most eco-friendly ways of feeding yourself there is.

It just tastes better

Finally, organic and home grown produce just tastes better. It’s the sensory equivalent of watching a film in 4K UHD as opposed to an old VHS with wonky tracking. Organic foods taste fresher and more vivid whether you eat them raw or use them in recipes. It’s the difference between eating your food and enjoying your food!

Country walks and comfy boots from Simply Hike

We love a country walk with the dogs on a Sunday afternoon, we don’t really do the hill walks like we have in previous years now we have the children. Plus we don’t always have the time to head over to the Peak District so much anymore. This year however is have spoken about getting out there a bit more. The UK is such a beautiful place and there are so many fabulous walks and trails we can do as a family with the dogs.

Country walks and comfy boots from Simply Hike

We have lots of financial commitments this year, so finding places to go and enjoy that isn’t heavy on the bank balance, is priority. So picnics and nice long walks with the dogs it is, the children will be able to take their bikes sometimes depending on where we go. It will be great to increase our activity, get out and enjoy the beautiful UK.

Comfy walking boots from Simply Hike

I have therefore been looking at walking boots for us all. It’s a bit of a minefield as there are lots of great outdoor brands out there. However, I found a company called Simply Hike online, and they have an amazing collection of outdoor brands. I was drawn to them not just for their collection of walking books but also their collection of ski wear is brilliant. We went to Finland last year and have big plans for another trip next year.

Looking through Simply Hike’s collection I was drawn to the Meindl range. I have friends who have recommended Meindl so I thought I would give them a try. They has a history of producing high quality walking and hiking boots. Meindl pride themselves on being one of only a few footwear brands that hand make their boots. Which ensures the attention to detail is in all of their boots. Each of their styles are specially designed for walking and hiking enthusiasts in mind.

Meindl have a memory foam system for all of their boots to make sure they are the perfect fit just for you. As the boot is worn and the memory foam arms up it changes shape to match the shape of your foot. Say good bye to pinching, rubbing or pressure. It also ensures a high level of comfort for every step you take!

Country walks and comfy boots from Simply Hike

Simply Hike also stock Meindl laces and wet proof spray, so should you ever need to replace your laces you can easily get them replaced.

I really like Meindk Womens Bhutan Lady MFS hiking boot, I really like the traditional style of these. I also really like The Meindl Mens Bhutan MFS hiking boot for my Hubby. The more traditional brown style is very us, they will be great to get us started out on our healthier and more active 2019.

 

*This is a collaborative post.*