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3 Week Post Surgery Update

Emmet from Lego Movie sitting at home. Happy.

It’s been three weeks since my colon cancer surgery and, if you didn’t know, you probably couldn’t tell by looking at me that I even had surgery. 

The only restriction I have left is lifting more than 20 pounds. I have another week of that, and then it should be removed. It was also suggested that I avoid ladders, and I think that’s more about falling off ladders than anything. Either way, that suggestion should be lifted along with the weight restriction next week. I still need to be careful and listen to my body, but soon I should be able to do whatever I want.

I’m back to eating all my normal foods as well. I was given the all clear at my two-week checkup, and I’ve been eating normally ever since. 

I’m also back to sleeping in my own bed and driving. I was sleeping in an electric recliner that my brother-in-law got me for a while, as it was easier to get in and out of than a bed. Not quite as comfy, but it felt a lot better than trying to sit up and get out of a bed. Driving I was restricted due to pain medication and just because I had recently had surgery. No concerns with either of those anymore, though.

Next steps are to figure out next steps with my oncologist. Every time I go to a doctor’s appointment, I expect to get more answers than I do. This time however, I’m pretty sure we’ll be getting the answers we’re looking for. Hopefully we’ll know this week.

Overall, it’s amazing to see how fast the body can heal in such a short period of time. I’m sure age has a lot to do with it, and also my environment and help that allowed me to rest and recuperate. I have a lot of great support, which makes this all easier.

Thanks to everyone who reached out online, set cards, texts, waved while we were out walking, and all those that reached out to see how I was doing. We really appreciate it.

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