What I Learned From Surgery

     On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, I could no longer put off removing a large lipoma, or fatty tumor, from my right shoulder.  Lipomas are normally non-cancerous fatty tumors, which some studies say 1 in 4 people will experience in their lifetime.  Unfortunately, I had an atypical lipoma.

     Atypical lipomas continue to grow over your lifetime.  The lipoma on my shoulder was continuing to grow and I worried it would start to interfere with the normal functioning of my right shoulder.  The clincher though was atypical lipomas have a 3% -5% chance of becoming cancerous.  While the chances were small, anything above 0% chance of becoming cancer needs to be removed from my body.

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Me Breaking Boards around age 26

     I went through outpatient surgery on November 15, 2016 and was prohibited from lifting weights or practicing martial arts until November 30, 2016.

     I normally start my morning four or five days a week by getting up at 4:30 am and hitting the gym by 5:00 am.  I also train martial arts three evenings a week including teaching for three hours at my instructor’s school.  I learned several things from this enforced sabbatical.

     The first thing I learned was two weeks off from weights is way too long.  Working out is such a part of my morning routine, which primes my mind and body for the day, I’ve been out of sorts for the last week.  You should take a week off every few months to relieve body inflammation but I don’t want to take off two weeks anytime soon.

     The second thing I learned was you need to recover adequately from surgery even if it is a relatively easy procedure.  I went back to a normal routine two days after surgery by riding the bike for 30 minutes in the morning and then working until 7 pm that evening to catch up.  I should have taken 3 to 5 days off to rest and recover.  Fortunately, my good physical condition saw me through but I was in a lot of pain for a couple of days.

     The third thing I learned was the importance of routine.  I did detox off of supplements and eat low carb with the exception of Thanksgiving but I did not create a set routine for the first 3 to 5 days of recovery and then the following 12 days.

     I’m don’t plan to have any surgery for a long time but I’ll refer back to this post to implement these lessons next time.  I wish I knew then what I’ve discovered over the last 10 days.

     Hopefully, you won’t experience surgery any time soon, but if you do, maybe you learn from my experience.  Take care.

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