recovery tips

Facing surgery?   I want to share some of my recovery tips to help you with the process.  It is hard to believe that I recently had yet another surgery.   I am off pain medications, that is a relief.   Still sore and bruised, but that is part of the process.   I have to remember to take Tylenol before going to bed.  That started me on all the things I have forgotten during this journey.   Those tips that may be useful to someone else on their journey.   This surgery was about reducing the size of my breasts.   To the volume of 750cc.

Pain Management

Pain happens for a reason, you should not ignore it.   Trust me it causes issues in your journey.   I have learned that narcotics not only make me loopy they constipate me.   Constipation is not your friend while you are recovering.   So I am quick to get off of pain medication.

Surgical bras are not the most comfortable and you end up living in them 24×7.  A hack to make them more bearable is to put a lightweight cotton t-shirt under it.   The elastic band doesn’t dig into your skin and you can find some relief.

A hot shower (if allowed) can relax your body just enough that you gain some relief from pain.


The time leading up to a revision surgery can be crazy.   You want to prepare everything and go in not having to worry about anything.   It is not a good idea to exhaust yourself heading into surgery.   Try to balance your workload.

Post surgery take every opportunity to nap and sleep.   I binge watch NCIS or Star Trek.  I have been all the episodes multiple times.   It keeps my brain engaged enough that I don’t see that laundry needs doing and that there are a million projects I would love to do.   It is also easy to just fall asleep to them and wake up in the middle of an episode.

The thing that surprised me the most is that 3 or 4 days post op the exhaustion that hits you.  Be gentle with yourself.   You will need to rest and it is just easier if you do not fight it.


One of my favorite recovery tips is about water.  Drink lots of water to help push drugs out of your system and actually feel better sooner.   I have found that being the best thing in getting better.  If you are like me and suffer with constipation, the hydrate is so very important.

No two people will have the same experience coming through surgery.   I hope these tips help you while you are recovering.   If you found something helpful please share.   We all experience different things and we must have patience in our recovery.   The most important thing is to listen to your body and honor it.

Rev. Colleen Irwin
Reverend Colleen Irwin is a Spiritual being having a human experience as a Blogger, Wife, Mother, Mentor, Healer and Public Speaker living in Rochester New York. Colleen, a Natural Born Medium, teaches, lectures and serves Spirit when called upon. She remembers speaking with Spirit as a child and learning how to share this knowledge with others has been an adventure that she captured in her book “Discovering Your Stream”. Colleen has been mentored by Reverend Jack Rudy, and ordained as a Priest in the Order of Melchizedek by the Reverend Dan Chesboro through the Sanctuary of the Beloved. When she is not doing her Spiritual work she is a volunteer docent sharing Susan B. Anthony's history to visitors of the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester. Her trust in Spirit gave her a new title – PREVIVOR. She now uses her platform to educate others about the BRCA genetic mutation and how one can take control of their health and well-being.
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