The Attic Girl: Laughter is {not} Good Medicine Laughter is {not} Good Medicine ~ The Attic Girl

9/24/12

Laughter is {not} Good Medicine

Laughter is good medicine.

Normally I'd agree, but when you've had gall bladder surgery, not so much.

Hubby and  I were watching a comedy that had some good belly laughs.  Only I couldn't handle belly laughs.  They made my insides hurt.  And my incisions not so happy.  Even so much as a sneeze or a cough hurt.

It's getting much better, but man, those belly laughs can be rough.  Not good medicine.

But I am thankful for laughter.  It feels good to do some "normal" things.

The first week of recovery was the most difficult.  I'm able to get up and down stairs better now.  I still can't bend to pick up my baby girl, but am hopeful that after the two week mark I can start trying without fear of hurting myself.  

I'm thankful for family and friends who have taken the time to care for The Attic Baby when I couldn't.  A family friend (who is like an "adopted" grandparent) watched my daughter the day of surgery.  It was so wonderful to know my baby girl was in good hands while we were at the hospital most of the day.  And my in-laws have been such a blessing; they drove down from PA to stay with us last week.  Baby girl loved daily walks, playing in the yard, and going to the park.  She enjoyed the undivided attention and so did her brother.  I don't know what we would have done without them while my hubby was working. 

The surgeon said to continue a  low-fat diet for at least a couple more weeks.  That has been an adjustment.  Have you checked the fat content on labels for some things?  It might surprise you.  I've had to be very careful about things like mayo, olives (which I love!), salad dressing, bread, pasta, dairy, snacks and red meat.  Nothing too oily or fatty, which pretty much leaves out some of my favorite foods.   He said I need to slowly introduce those foods later to see how they digest.

I'll spare you the other fun details about digestion.  You really don't want to know.  I learned a lot more about gall bladders than I ever knew.

Thank you all who have left me such encouraging notes on Facebook, Twitter, and here on the blog.  I appreciate your prayers and well wishes so much! 

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