I am spending a lot of time sleeping. I often go to bed by 6. I usually don't sleep then but I start the process. And most days I still nap. If I don't nap I have, like a 4 year od, quiet time.
I'm doing more now. I can be up and comfortable for longer periods. I am able to make simple meals, do dishes, do laundry (except carrying it; I carry small piles instead of large ones). Yesterday I went to Walmart myself. I pushed the cart which I'm not allowed to do but the purchases weren't heavy. Nonetheless my body was displeased and I was done for the day, except I had to do some things to burn off energy. The hard thing at this point is that when I'm tired I'm done, then and there. It makes it hard to make plans. I think though that partly my body is absorbing this sleep and fatigue that makes me rest whether I am manic or agitated or anxious, as a gift. It's been a long time since I have just slept like this and it seems to be good for me to catch up a bit. Because of how severe my insomnia was I really haven't ever had time to truly rest and recover from pertussis 2 years ago. I had 2 weeks off for that and then was doing computer work.
The weird thing is that my sleep is still disturbed the usual times. Partly this is due to napping but I don't often fall asleep very early, no matter how tired I am, how early I was up, or what I did. I still just struggle to sleep at night. But I am rested and that's what I care about at this moment.
One thing that was neat was that I did something I'd forgotten about and it really showed how far I've come. Last year there was a stretch of time Dr. Mind was using an anxiety inventory to track my anxiety. It went from severe to extreme/panicky and then kept going higher on that scale. It was clear evidence that I was in trouble. I remember my score being 62 and I think 48 is the cut off for severe and extreme begins there. Last night I did it for the first time in months. My anxiety is still in the severe range but closer to moderate than the other end and it is HALF of what it was 10 months ago. It's not often that severe anything is a great improvement but in this case it's a huge difference.
Otherwise I'm just hanging out at my mom's. There's a construction project that will be done in the next week or so and my asthma and I are staying at my mom's until the air is clear. There's just not a lot of point in dragging the cats home while they are used to this one room existence and then dragging them back and then repeating with them going to the kennel in a few weeks while I'm on vacation. And it's really ok to be where I can rest as I need/want to and not have to get bogged down in trying to make healthy meals, do things that are too much for me so far, etc.
Here's what I have learned: Never compare a hysterectomy to a C-section. It is much more difficult to recover from. Do not underestimate what a hysterectomy is like. I thought my laparoscopic procedure would be about the same as my exploratory laparoscopy a year ago. That would be wrong. The exploratory poked around and took biopsies and removed cysts. The surgery removed an enlaraged organ and parts of 2 other organs. I have hundreds of internal sutures. I have permanent sutures that are basically where they wire the pelvic floor together to prevent prolapse. I have barbed sutures where I used to have a cervix. I have three healing on inch incisions (they said they were only half that but they cut beside last year's scars so the total effect is inch long incisions. I have a belly that still gets crampy and "pinchy" and swells to unreasonable sizes. I am months from wearing regular clothes, party because the idea of even trying a waistband makes me want to hide. I still waddle when I walk although sometimes I make it across a room a little more gracefully now. As soon as there is swelling though I am back to walking very oddly. Some things are already different. My skin is back to it's normal self after a slide into acne and oil. I have only had 2 headaches in the last 5 weeks as opposed to having them about 15 times per month the last several months. I'm not in pain except for surgical recovery. I can empty my bladder fully and it holds a lot more. I didn't even know what a luxury it was to not have to pee every hour or so.
So things are improving slowly but I am not saying much because I am often asleep and also need to lay on my side much of the time for comfort (sitting normally is a source of painful pressure and swelling) and it's hard to type that way.