What 2 do When on Bed Rest Recovering From Surgery

The last update I gave about my Achilles tendon rupture recovery was on Tuesday, February 12th. In that blog I let you all know how I was processing and thinking about the surgery I was set to have the following day. Well, since that blog post I have had my surgery to fix my fully torn Achilles tendon. The surgery went well, but it didn’t take long for me to realize post-op that being on bed rest and recovering from surgery can be difficult. I mean I couldn’t leave the house, I couldn’t lift weights, I couldn’t go to work, and I am an ETSJ on the Meyers Briggs so this wasn’t easy! I hope this blog post can be a guide for people to sort through different things they can do when they themselves have to deal with being on bed rest as they recover from a serious surgery. Here are the top 10 from my own experience…

  1. Watch movies! Today is Sunday night and I have watched about 6 or 7 movies since I got home from the hospital on Wednesday evening. I’ve liked a few of the movies I watched, and I’ve even REALLY liked one or two. I’d highly recommend everyone watch “The Sisters’ Brothers,” I thought it was an awesome western flick-plus I love John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jake Gyllenhaal.
  2. Invite your friends over to eat lunch with you. I had friends reach out to me and ask if they could come join me for lunch and each time they did it cheered me up. I’d actually say having people over the past few days has been the highlight of my days. God has used visits with friends to really strengthen and encourage me even if the visits were relatively short. If you’re stuck at home by a doctor’s order post-op then text or call your friends to see if they’ll come eat lunch with you.
  3. Read books. You may not feel like reading books a lot, and you may even be tired from your medication and unable to read books for long; however, if you read in even small doses it could be really helpful for pumping your brain as you recover.
  4. Read your Bible and pray. Allow your Bible reading to lead to praying. Praying can be difficult when you are going through a difficult time, but the psalms teach us that God wants to hear even the deepest and darkest of prayers that you have for Him. If you turn to the Lord as a genuine believer in your listening to His Word and also talking to Him in prayer then God will use your prayers to change you. Over the past few days I’ve had a harder time praying than I normally do because of what I’m going through, but God has given me prayer as a means of grace throughout the course of my week.
  5. Read other blogs. I’ve found some blogs worth following this week because I’ve had the extra time to go to WordPress reader and just click around a bit.
  6. Finish some Netflix shows. I finished a show and started a show since Wednesday. Netflix has a number of great shows to watch and if you start one you end up not liking then just choose another one.
  7. If people sent you stuff then enjoy what they sent you. I’m so thankful to have people who care about me and they put their love in action by sending me some stuff. I received candy, snacks, cards, some games I can play to pass the time, pens, gift cards, and some other things. When on bed rest you have the time to enjoy this sort of stuff.
  8. Make some phone calls. I made some phone calls to people when I got bored or lonely. These calls lifted my spirits and allowed me to hear about what was going on with other people rather than having to talk about my surgery or my injury more. Whenever you go through something you’re going to get asked about it over and over again which is great, but eventually you want to hear about what’s going on in the lives of others.
  9. Enjoy good food. I’m not telling you to enjoy too much good food but you can at least enjoy SOME good food. Some kind people brought over some really good food and I got to enjoy that. This might sound weird, but when you’re stuck on the couch or in bed all day then food might be just one small thing to really help you through the day-at least that was my experience!
  10. Get caught up on the news. I was able to read a lot of reports and articles this past week to get caught up on current events. If you have a phone or computer, and basically everybody does these days, then just take some time to surf the internet and get caught up on anything and all things newsworthy!

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