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Old 06-21-12, 09:38 AM
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Post Surgery what to do

So last night I had my appendix taken out. Now i have 2 weeks of doing nothing, any ideas on what to do to keep sane?
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Old 06-21-12, 09:47 AM
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Hope you recover soon. Sane and the '41... well
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Old 06-21-12, 09:49 AM
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My friend lent me a video game called "Skyrim". I think it's the kind of thing that could kill off two weeks pretty handily. Sane at the end? I'm not sure about that.
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pain meds... TEASING!!!

Personally, I caught up on a bunch of reading and sedentary work. I'm not sure it kept me sane but it helped, a bit.
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To stay sane... stop looking at the 41. Also, pick up the book "Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles" on audiobook (trust me the narration helps sell it).
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Had mine out in January. It was non-ruptured and laproscopically removed so I was back at the desk job in less than a week and back biking in four. I caught up on reading and watched a few movies. Did some bike maintenance with somebody to help me with any heavy lifting.

It was actually sort of nice to be forced to slow down for a few days but I was pretty bored and ready to be back at work after a week. Now if I could have been more active it would have been a different story...
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I've had two surgeries and missed more than a year of cycling because of it. I watched a lot of movies on Netfix.
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1. Video games
2. Movies and DVD TV Series
3. Slow/Easy cycling on the trainer
4. Guitar practice
5. EAT!
6. Puzzles, Legos, etc.
7. Perfect your bread recipe
8. Troll some random forum (not this one)
9. Clean your bike
10. Frap
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Old 06-21-12, 11:25 AM
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Best wishes for an uneventful recovery.
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Cleaning my bikes sounds like a great idea, I've been wanting to rewrap my bars too. Thanks yall
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2 months ago I had emergency surgery for a bowel obstruction. I was able to get back on the bike after a month, despite having a feeding tube still hanging out of me. I lost almost ALL of my endurance, mainly because I had lost so much weight, most of which was probably muscles. I was able to ride for two glorious if frustrating weeks. I was slow, but at least I was riding.

Then, I had complications following the removal of the feeding tube, and I've been off the bike completely. I can't even ride the trainer for a disgusting reason that I'll spare you.

I am well past insane at this point...
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Sorry to hear about that hopefully you get back on the bike soon
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Last summer I was out due to knee surgery. After the tv & computer got boring, I looked for small jobs that you typically "can't find the time" to do. Organizing closets, cleaning bikes, repacking wheel bearings, cleaning up garage, etc...
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Yea so far I have cleaned my bikes and detailed my suv. My OCD was kicking in high gear today.
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I guess different procedures require different down times. I started road riding (screw the indoor trainer) 1 week (directly following first post-op checkup) after arthroscopic knee medial meniscectomy. First day four miles, skip a day, then eight, skip, then twelve, and so on up to my usual daily 20 mile ride. Speed kept to about 80% of normal, riding low gears. "Relatively" pain free except for trying to climb any incline or pedal standing. Fortunately, I live in Flatland, so all I had to do was avoid overpasses and bridges. After about two weeks, no problems. OP, see how you feel, and get back on as soon as you think you can and doctor doesn't freak. I would't be surprised if he/she gives you a go ahead sooner than you think. Get well soon.
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Im in a similar situation having broken 4 ribs and my clavicle as well as a punctured lung and pulmonary embolism (moto accident...tank slap tossed me off).
I had my surgery a week ago and am able to get on the trainer for 20-30 min or so, easy pedaling.
In your case I think you most likely need 2 weeks before trying to push any pedals.
My buddy had his out last year and after 3 weeks he was riding with me, though easy riding but still, he was out.
First week is surely the worst.
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If you haven't read Heft on Wheels, I highly recommend that. It'll keep you busy for a little while, at least. Straight up amusing.
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Stargate SG-1, Atlantis and Farscape are all on Netflix if you are into Sci-Fi.
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Video games if you don't mind rotting your brain. That said, a little brain rot is fun from time to time.
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