I have been home now for over a week, but I have not found the motivation to update my blog. Partially due to natural post surgical fatigue, and partially due to the slight brain haze of narcotic pain meds. That being said, my recovery is steadly moving along. Kyle makes sure that I get in at least one walk a day. Even as he prepares his new classroom for the first day of school, he sets out time to take me out for a walk each evening– our longest thus far is just over 1 mile. Not to shabby for less than 3 weeks post-op. That’s what you get from a recovering long distance runner married to a fellow runner and former coach. Kyle knows just how to push me to get the most out of me, without over doing it. I still have some sorness and am not moving at top speed, but I am very happy with the overall pace of my recovery.
I wear this t-shirt with pride. It is because of Dr. Hurst and his surgical team at the University of Chicago Medical Center that I am rounding the home stretch to my j-pouch and am just one step away from ending my long battle with Ulcerative Colitis.
Both photos were taken on my release dates from surgery.
(On the left: Surgery #1- March 15, 2013. Released March 20, 2013. Right: Surgery #2– July 25, 2013. Released July 30, 2013)