Laying on a gurney in the preoperative room, conversing with the general surgeon and when she asks if there are any questions, can you guess what I'd said? Yep, "after the surgery, how soon can I begin running?"
Her answer wasn't what I wanted to hear. She replied, "3 to 4 weeks, no marathon, and maybe you can try a half marathon in April. Yes, I was tearful, but grateful my diagnosis wasn't worse.
Laparoscopic surgery is less evasive and has a shorten healing time frame. My surgeon made 4 tiny incisions like the one by my belly button in the picture. After the surgery the worse pain was from the C02 gas applying pressure on phrenic nerve. This caused a lot pain in my right shoulder. Walking, sleeping upright, ibuprofen, and a heating pad to my shoulder, helped manage the pain. After 3 days, the right shoulder pain subsided and I still have some soreness to my abdomen. I go for walks daily with my labs, try to catch up on some half read books, and I plan on trying to return to work next week.
As I text my running friend to see if she like to take my place for the AFC, I criticize myself for wallowing in self pity.
Hey, I have my health, my family, my friends, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand I am lighter now that I'm not carrying around an organ! Cheers!