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Post op blues:

 

 

 

This is a topic which patients need to be aware of as its very common to get down and anxious post op.

 

The post op blues! This is nothing to be worried about and not everyone experiences it but be aware that in my personal experience it can happen and its not nice.

 

It is very common indeed after your HT to feel very down and anxious about the entire thing - remember you are exhausted!. You are full of mixed emotions post op and this is often fuelled by the tiredness that you will underestimate. - Under going surgery is a huge step mentally as well as physically. The lead up to is mentally gruelling and shouldn't be under estimated. Be aware that post op the wheels will well and truly fall off at some point - you are only human!

 

You will turn up to your session shattered as most do - due to a few restless nights sleep on the lead up to the big day and very little sleep the night before - - combined with the anxiety and adrenaline is a crazy combo - Trust me - been there!

 

The surgery itself Strip or FUE is like running a marathon for you even though you are sat in a chair all day - Sitting in a chair ALL day doing nothing is tiring. Combine this mental and physical exhaustion with the duration of the surgery - It can be very tough on you!

 

On top of these factors are also the drugs taken to help calm you down and the various pain killer needed post op - Your body is getting hit from all angles and is just running on adrenaline for some time post op so remember the mind is exhausted as well as your body.Combine all this also as many do with several hours of flying and the jet lag and you have got a messy combo and these blues can strike at any time ! Do not underestimate it!

 

After all this you return home and then the sheer exhaustion hits you like a sledge hammer - Boosh! Due to your new level of complete exhaustion this is when the blues are well known to creep in - You are tired like nothing before and then thoughts start to get amplified - you will start questioning the surgery and your Doctor and how it went and was it a success - you become VERY paranoid and sketchy - obsessive!! Its the come down of all come downs so again be prepared for the post of blues and be aware that for a few days pre op and a few days post op you need to respect the surgery and what you are about to and have put your body through mentally and physically. - Get some rest - your body needs it. :)

 

 

Tips for the post op blues - Rest up, drink LOTS of water, eat well, chill out (24, Lost, Prison Break box sets) and try not focus on the surgery and the various specifics surrounding it - leave that up to the Docs - that's what you are paying them for and that's why your several months intensive research has lead you to them - Your radar will click back in within a few days and everything will become a lot clearer and you will start to feel much more upbeat about it all and the experience in general - and the new chapter of your life will start in a very positive state of mind - along with the post op regime and the questions associated with that! - But that's another topic all together! ;)

 

 

My post is to highlight immediate post op blues - The crucial few days post op - I am only too familiar with the anxiety associated with the long drawn out "waiting game" - Taht a whole other topic and set of emotions.

 

I have made a few posts with reference to it previously. - 2 weeks post op through till 6 months is a KILLER - I have been there many times and see it everyday here - It too is VERY tough!!!

 

Previous post to highlight the emotions and feelings towards the "waiting game" included amongst other info.

 

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See: Shockloss, Down time, Growth times, Patience etc

 

Its all normal and its one of the toughest stretches you will ever have to do but remember a "watched kettle never boils"

 

 

It all good guy - so heal up and grow well!!! IPB Image

Spex

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Spex,

 

great post and info, you are right.. the first couple of days post op were a bit strange, but have felt better and better. Only 4 days out now and feel good, I put this down to plenty of rest (I love being lazy), fluids and good food. Just being tired can make any of us feel low, add to this the HT and travel its definately going to have an impact.. but soon passes. :)

 

Cheers

 

Tim

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As some of you know i spent two weeks holed up in a city in a b and b when i returned to the uk,after the highs of the whole package=nyc,feller,the operation, you suddenly have nothing to look forward to.I cant tell you the importance of having something to do and how much that helps during those first two weeks,myself i counted down the days until i could have the staples removed with two fitness sessions a day followed by a good healthy meal and a couple of drinks to look forward to at night.Its just the simple things that get you through,right now im just over 3 months and can see things starting to happen but i have to admit wearing a cap at work is annoying me so much right now!Spex your quite right in what you say on your post and although we think it wont happen to us im sure every HT guy has been there too,great read. :)

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As some of you know i spent two weeks holed up in a city in a b and b when i returned to the uk,after the highs of the whole package=nyc,feller,the operation, you suddenly have nothing to look forward to.I cant tell you the importance of having something to do and how much that helps during those first two weeks,myself i counted down the days until i could have the staples removed with two fitness sessions a day followed by a good healthy meal and a couple of drinks to look forward to at night.Its just the simple things that get you through,right now im just over 3 months and can see things starting to happen but i have to admit wearing a cap at work is annoying me so much right now!Spex your quite right in what you say on your post and although we think it wont happen to us im sure every HT guy has been there too,great read. :)

 

Spitfire... fully agree.. been there :unsure: finding something to keep your mind of it is a real bonus.

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That porn bill is a killer - Zipit said he had huge phone bill from the Andrews but i reckon it was the porn too ;)

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I kept busy with the Hotel pay per view porn channel.... but just seen the bill.... post op blues are 100% back :P

What until you see the laundry bill for cleaning the sheets! :unsure:

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Its a strange thing this Post Op Blues..

 

cant put my finger on it... woke up this morning and felt crap... think the image in the mirror was a little depressing....(I have removed most mirrors but certain ones I cant) but... my female friend popped round to see me... showed her my head and she said "wow".. it looked great, she has only seen my old plugs before and could not believe how fine the work looked, she said that it looked so natural... she was expecting it to look false and admitted the she had been worried for me... now I am a happier bunny.

 

It does creep up on you now and again, I think one way is to concentrate on the future and the benefits.. just seems a long way off... but time flies.. now been nearly 4 months since my meeting with Spex and that only seems like yesterday....

 

On a better note (for me), the wedding I was supposed to be Best Man at on Friday has been cancelled... long story involving my best mate and a "discovered" final fling... be mean of me to be happy about this but.........helps me with being out of the way..

 

Cheers All

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In a years time everyone looks back thinking it was well worth it.Epecially when looking at all your new hair.

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In a years time everyone looks back thinking it was well worth it.Epecially when looking at all your new hair.

Very true if they do their research

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- Zipit said he had huge phone bill from the Andrews but i reckon it was the porn too ;)

:blink: Not guilty :rolleyes: don't forget my tv didn't work.

I didn't even get any phone porn, just abuse for phoning her at 3am :huh:

 

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LOL - How you doing mate - plans for another session??

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LOL - How you doing mate - plans for another session??

 

I'me good thanks , i will post my 18mth pics soon :)

another session hopefully at the end of the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two weeks out and i feel fine.The new little fellas are starting to drop out now.

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All good mate - keep growing well - did that shed sort itself out mate? :)

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Bump for a couple of recent patients i have spoke too B)

 

Hope this help guys B)

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