If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safewest way to health. — Hippocrates

Lately I have been struggling with balancing the right amount of exercise to the right amount of rest. So often when one falls ill, the common remedy is fluids and rest. But what if you feel ill most days? Surely you shouldn’t be spending your days doing nothing but resting. You must get out and do some form of activity and socializing, but how much is too much? At what point are you doing more harm than good? I am the type of person who will do more activities than less, working through pain just to feel somewhat normal, to take my mind off of the diseases that seem to follow and interfere in every part of my life. My surgeon says to work until I feel pain and that pain is a good indicator on how well your body is healing.

What if you don’t feel pain like everyone else? I’ve been told by a few doctors and surgeons that my pain tolerance is quite high, high enough that my mind isn’t processing it but my body is aching. Where do I draw the line there? I guess I’ll just need to wait the typical 6 weeks post-op period, before I can engage in activities such as rock climbing and running. I think once I can participate in these stress reliever activities, my mind won’t be so jumbled and I might actually learn to relax again.

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  • Mom says...

    Yes, you need to wait the six weeks. I would do some walking like you have been doing. Remember never to over do it!

  • Kat says...

    Bookmarked this site! Thank you for your thoughts :O)

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