When our bodies undergo a surgery or health challenge, there are a few facets that comprise the healing process: physical, mental, and the support of others. The road to recovery is not always a straight smooth path nor easy. Once we accept to expect the unexpected, and remain strong and confident that we are physically and mentally capable of overcoming the task at hand, we will recover to the best of our abilities.
I was instructed by my surgeon to be on bed rest for four days following my second back surgery. I was fully committed to do whatever it would take to protect my body from any complications; yet ready to move knowing that being active is imperative to healing. I was a little anxious to how my body would respond from all the stress it had endured. I slowly raised my hospital bed, from lying flat to an upright position, over a time span of several hours. When I stood up for the first time, my blood pressure dropped to 98/36. I returned to a resting position for a couple hours then proceeded to stand up and walk for the first time. It felt so good to move. I was amazed at how well I was able to walk and quickly reminded of how strong our bodies are and how their mission is to heal.
I have learned that there are physical and mental aspects to healing. Our bodies need to be respected knowing that we will not feel better overnight. How even though there is one part of our body afflicted by pain and healing, that our entire body is under stress. We must do our best to find the balance of caring for ourselves and regaining our strength, yet not overdoing it. Whenever we are recovering from a traumatic situation, we are not only physically healing, but need to give ourselves time to mentally heal.
Emotional healing can come from love and support of those around us. It can also be inspired when we least expect it. A few days ago, mom and I pulled out of my parents’ driveway to go on a short car ride. I looked out the car window and up towards the sky. I was immediately shocked by what I saw. I said, “Mom, look it’s a rainbow over the house.” She turned around and we pulled back in their driveway to soak in the beauty before us. It was a vision I had never seen before, a beautiful rainbow around the sun. I stood in the driveway and looked up at the magical sky. I turned around and smiled at mom, as I knew this was a special moment. I proceeded to soak in the sun. I closed my eyes and raised my chin towards the sky with a grateful heart. The healing rays rejuvenated me physically and inspired me mentally as I forge ahead on the path to recovery.