Reply to "Life gets better post surgery: The Whole Shebang"

Hey Johnathan,  I was actually active again very soon after takedown.  But then I also worked out with my first ileostomy and my second (after the first failed takedown).   I started each time I came home from the hospital, walking 1/2 mile the first day and then adding 1/4 to 1/2 mile a day until I got up to 5 miles.  Then I would jog for a couple of minutes alternating with walking.  Plus I started back to lifting with 15 pound dumbells after every surgery.  So now, four months after takedown I can (slowly) run 7 miles, and  I deadlifted 225 pounds last Sunday afternoon (I weigh about 135).  So I think you need to begin slowly without expecting too much of yourself, then adding a bit every workout.  I was also a bit depressed and for me  that went away as soon as I was jogging again.  But not all depression lifts so easily - you may want to seek medical support.  There is no reason to allow depression to keep you from a full recovery.  It can be treated in many different ways.  I wish I only went 4-8 times a day!!!  On some of my first runs I went 4 times in three miles.  I've learned the best time to run is first thing in the morning before I eat or drink anything.  

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