I have a real love hate relationship with social media, I think mainly from working with teenagers and seeing it’s negative effects on the next generation. Photo -shopped images magnifying self esteem issues, the dangers it can bring, the worlds it can open up for the vulnerable and cyber bullying. But used right, it does also have its huge advantages, learning, sharing information, its amazing access to unreachable people, encouraging one another and supporting one another with our relate-able experiences. For those people who feel alone, this can sometimes be a life saver.
This blog was started as an outlet, a supportive hand to others and an excuse to be creative, with surgery lurking it was a good base to record my progression. That said I do not want to spend my time only writing about surgery or putting up pictures of knees, knees are boring, surgery is a big deal but it’s boring. To me a recovery of any kind, is to record challenges, positive thinking, journeys of self improvement, but also to share the things that make me happy on a day to day basis to stay present and grateful. And in turn hopefully others can take some positive feelings away too.
But this blog was also a chance to seek out others who have had this particular operation (tibial tubercle transfer ) or similar, and to receive advice from others in similar boats. From doing so, it reminded me how kind us humans can be. Of course nothing beats the support and love from those who know us, but as suffering is universal almost all of us have felt joy and pain, the particular details may be unique, but we can all relate to others and us humans have a real empathy for those who are battling something we once endured ourselves. Whether its heart break, a mental health condition, loss, an addiction, or a major surgery, we want others to not feel alone. We offer advice, tips and support to strangers, because we can relate to their situation . We have a new surge of empathy as we have been there.
The feelings we experience as a result of social networking can also serve as a reminder that we are not alone in any challenge we face. They are shared by all human beings on their own personal challenges too.
From writing this blog I have had some great advice to take on board, ready for my recovery, so I just wanted to share some of that advice in hope it can aid others in recovery or those who have a major surgery coming up.
1) Listen to your Doctor and Physio everything he has to say and everything they suggest to do! I can not stress this enough.
2) Before the operation Clean the house, de-clutter, throw out things you don’t need, prep meals – Do anything that will cause you anxiety you can’t do after surgery.
3) This surgery is a BIG DEAL continue to seek out support from others who have had this surgery for motivation during recovery.
4) Fight through the pain as getting up and moving your ankle also is important -And try and strengthen your good leg before hand. it will be worth it.
5) ICE ICE ICE ICE
6) “You can finally watch the Kardashians from the start while you recover ” ( Not to sure about that one – but thanks Danni)
7) Follow instructions , Take it easy and keep on top of pain medication – it’s easier to mange the pain then to bring the pain back down again .
8) Remember it’s not a sprint it’s a marathon – Document your progress to keep yourself motivated .
9) Make the most of being looked after – prepare to cry and be stressed as it’s a long recovery but stay calm and relax and enjoy being waited on.
10) Try and focus on the things that you CAN do rather than those that you can’t – Arm weights etc
11) As it’s bone work, Ask for a nerve block- Stay on your medication – Do not get discouraged when learning to walk again, Ask for mobilegs crutches. Much more comfortable.
12) Invest in an electric ice machine , shower chair and shower stool. All life savers. Good luck.
13) Buy the book ” Kitchen table by Dr Rachel Naomi Remember . Great for anyone going through any health challenges and it helped me immensely on my health challenge.
14) Physio is the key to the success of this operation, do not give up, stop or be lazy, your end results will depend on this. Keep going. Good luck.
Thank you for all your kind words and advice – It has taken me years to get in the right mindset for surgery, so all of your positive stories and taking time out to give tips and advice, has helped me stay motivated. And I hope this will be useful for others also.
So anytime you feel the desire to give a hug, a gift, a smile, a kind word or … just some relate-able advice to a stranger, but you think it makes no difference, or that you don’t have time.
As it matters. More than you could ever know. X