Ugh. Surgery. Well, that actually wasn’t so bad, as I was out before they started shaving my stomach (for which I’m trying determine the best course of action to remedy – shave my entire chest to make it even out? Ok, I digress…), and the hospital stay wasn’t too bad either, as I bolted out of there as soon as the doctor nodded her head. Ok, by “bolted” I meant: “wheeled to the front door as fast as a nurse could walk”.
But it’s the bed-ridden part that starts to wear on me really fast. Initially, you want all the drugs and other internal additives cleared out of your system, and there’s that overwhelming sense of fatigue. After a few days, that passes, but now everyone has cleared out, and you’re home alone quickly becoming bored with the line-up on Netflix, Amazon, Crackle, and all the rest. Doctor’s Orders and a stupid flat tire that fixing would undo much of the surgeon’s work prevents you from getting in your car. The Blu-Ray collection you were once wondering when you were ever going to view is now morphing into a chore. It’s a similar theme with some long-ago-purchased games and books. Now that I have the time, I’m not interested in them.
The upside is: I have my faithful friend by my side (as long as there’s pizza crust left)…
Perhaps it’s a lingering effect of the pain medication which I use to ward off the abdominal, or more to my fears, it is instead one of the indicators of growing older (or post-physical crisis) where the spirit begins to deem to leave more things behind. Human interaction has been nil since being abandoned with the exception occasional phone calls and text messages. Music is still a pleasure, both old and new discoveries. Maybe that’s a clue for me to challenge the mind a more, as being home alone can dull the noggin the same way that doctor’s orders to stay out of the gym is dulling my pecs, lats and quads.
As a “warm-up” excercise, I started reviewing my back-log of “saved links” in Pocket. I was flabbergasted by how much I’d tucked away. After several hours, I had moved almost half the links to “reference” storage or actually read and deleted them. I think it worked: I picked up a few new ideas for productivity (more on that later), fitness, awareness training, and other areas. Next, I think I’ll start the “big sort” of the paper and other items that have erected a tower on my home desk since we downsized workspaces in the office last month.