As I have noted, I am under doctor's orders to walk, which is something I like to do anyway. During my three stays in the hospital, I would get up and walk laps around the nurses station a few times a day. At home I have been taking little walks down Sarah's Way to Seldon and then down Seldon to one or two intersections and then I turn around and come back.
But after I returned from my doctor's visit on Monday in such excruciating pain, I could not do it. I could not walk on the road. It was all I could do to hobble down the hallway and back. I could not sit, lie down, or get up without help and even then it was very hard. I could not raise nor lower the toilet seat. I even had to be isolated from Jim, as I could not take even the lightest contact with him. It hurt just to talk.
Late in the day, I managed to step outside and walk the length of the driveway to Sarah's way and then turn around and come back. It was hard, but I knew I had to walk for the good of my digestive system and so I did it.
Yesterday, the pain was still great but I was a little better than Monday so I walked five laps around the house a couple of different times. Shadow Me followed.
Today, the pain has eased off a bit more and I believe it to be waning, but it is raining which limits what I can do outdoors. Still, I walk out there a little bit but Shadow Me does not come along. He hides out, ducking into the shadow of the overcast. A brand-new sort of pain is rising in my stomach, but I hope and think it may just be an after effect of the Milk of Magnesia that I took before I went to bed last night. It worked very well, and seemed to do so gently.As of today, my surgeon, Dr. O'Malley, is back from his vacation. I have an appointment to see him tomorrow afternoon. I hope something good comes of it.