Day 16 & 17

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Saturday was a busy day filled with visits from some of my best friends! After not getting much sleep, about 3 ½ hours, on Friday night I woke up Saturday feeling a bit tired but that didn’t stop me. First, two of my best friends, Rachel and Hannah, came and cuddled up with me on the couch. I have missed them so much and it made my day to catch up with them since they both live out of state. Then my sorority sister “big,” Haley Simpson, came to spend the rest of the day with me. These visits were better than any medicine.

Today has been used as a resting day! I got about 4 hours of sleep last night. Today I have spent time with my family, eaten, napped, and caught up on all of the latest college football news. (I know that I am making improvement when I spend my days reading up on sports! One of my favorite things to do!)

As far as how I have felt yesterday and today, I continue to make improvement. I have the same symptoms (brain swelling, visual disturbances, nose, and eye pain) but all to a lesser degree than before surgery. I have figured out that when I do not get at least five hours of sleep the pain seems to be a tad worse during the day. My sleep pattern is still out of line but that is expected and can take up to 6 months to a year to become regular. We continue to do ice compressions on the top of my head and walking as much as possible to help with pain. Good news is that my appetite is back! I have been craving things like cherry icees and chocolate frosting every day. (Crazy because these are both things I didn’t care much for before surgery, but hey I will take anything that helps put back on some of the weight I have lost)

One tip for those of you reading that are preparing to have the same surgery that I have is to set realistic daily goals for yourself. Each day I set a few goals in my head that I want to accomplish. It may be hard to push yourself but in the end, that is when you see the most improvement. Some of my daily goals include things like drink half of an Ensure, walk at least seven times, and eat three full meals. To some people, these might seem like silly small goals, but trust me there are days where even these seem hard but there is no better feel than accomplishing them all!

Much love,
Anna

P.S. I am blown away at the support I have gained from this blog! I have reached over 20,000 followers from five different countries (USA, Italy, UK, Canada, and Australia). The support means more than all of you will ever know!!

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.-Colossians 4:2

ImageI was so excited to see two of my best friends, Hannah and Rachel, on Saturday!ImageMy “big,” Haley Simpson, cuddled with me Saturday afternoon! So thankful for my visits on Saturday that brought so much joy to our house!

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2 responses »

  1. Thanks for sharing. I enjoy reading your posts! It has really helped my family and I prepare for this journey. It really inspired me to start one of my own for my family and friends as well and to hopefully just add to the minimal resources available for people going through this. Thanks again!
    Blair DeRossett

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