A Vegan Experience of Surgery & Recovery: I had chest reconstruction surgery on August 22nd 2017. For Vegan Mofo 2017, I will be writing about my experience preparing for surgery and my ongoing recovery.
After the first 3 weeks of recovery, I was mostly off painkillers and feeling a lot more ‘with it’. No longer in a drug haze, I found myself needing things to do to occupy my time. I still didn’t have much focus at all, so the usual time killers of complex TV shows, films, books and podcasts weren’t going to be much use here. I also had to plan frequent naps and rests into my day as anything more than a few hours and I was exhausted.
It was actually pretty hard to find low energy stuff to do and I found myself getting frustrated and a bit restless, I wasn’t able to make use of any of the entertainment I had lined up in preparation! I thought I’d share a few things I did to keep myself busy post surgery.
This was a really nice simple thing to do that could keep me busy for hours, also it was super satisfying every time I finished a piece. I don’t think I’ve been able to colour for such large amounts of time since I was a child…which probably explains a bit of what my state of mind has been like!
I’ve had a great time colouring swearing cats
And also I really enjoyed the Querkles series, especially the animal and cat editions. It’s essentially colour by numbers but a bit more interesting and you get to pick which colours you want to use.
Low Energy TV Series
My plans to rewatch Buffy & Angel and binge on the latest series of Orange is the New Black were ruined by the state of my brain. I couldn’t concentrate for that long and I didn’t want to watch if I wouldn’t enjoy it.
Steven Universe has been an absolute lifesaver, you’ve probably noticed from the amount of screenshots I’ve been using to illustrate posts just how much I love it! It’s not completely mindless, a lot goes on within the series but episodes are only 11 minutes long so I could watch a few here and there without losing all my brain power. Also, what’s not to love? It’s super queer and hilarious. I’m so in love with this show, it really is perfect.
Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Now this is MINDLESS! Me and Logan managed to get through all 7 seasons of this during recovery. The last 3 seasons were pretty damn awful but still watchable, even if the credits and theme tunes became unbearable. Salem remains pretty hilarious throughout which was probably the only reason we managed to finish it off.
Cake Boss. Yes we watched some really shitty reality TV. But it has cake in it and Italian American families shouting at each other for 40 minutes can be more entertaining than you’d think.
Now I had hopes to crack on with some Final Fantasy 7 during recovery but these aren’t the kind of games I could play. I mostly ended up filling hours of my time with Facebook and Android app games.
Here’s what kept me going
Amateur Surgeon, Burrito Bison, Cooking Dash, Everwing & Simon’s Cat
Logan also got me a Land Before Time game for the PS1. This was so terrible and so blocky that it was actually quite hard to play. But we had a good laugh at things like this
It was really important for me to get up and about as much as I could. My energy levels were low for a really long time (in fact they’re still not up to speed even now) so I couldn’t do much. I took lots of short walks, mostly popping out to the shops 15 minutes away to get some fresh rolls for lunch, or pottering around the park.
When I had a little more energy, I would walk down to the bargain and pound shops nearby and just look out for accidentally vegan biscuits and treats to eat to keep myself entertained. Not exactly thrilling but it got me out, kept me staying out for a while and then when I got home I had something nice to eat before my nap.
Also we occasionally took trips into town to get some lunch. Because we were quite slow on our feet this would be quite draining as we’d be out for 3 hours or so, but it kept us busy and made us feel like we had done something during the day. I’ll be reviewing all the places we ate out at, but here’s a Haggis Pakora Wrap I had at Pakora Bar in Edinburgh. It was so good and worth the trip into town.
Spending Time With Friends
We couldn’t do this often because conversation is HARD when you’re tired all the time, but it was really nice to chill out with some of our friends. They’re very understanding so we didn’t do anything too taxing, just hanging around chatting, having a drink at a bar and one night we managed a games night with this amazing game I got hold of
It was really great to have company as spending a lot of time inside and napping can be quite isolating. I felt lucky that Logan was around for much of my recovery as I think I would have got very lonely without him.
And that’s pretty much what I’ve been up to on my low energy recovery days! I’ll be back tomorrow with a more food related post