Okay, I know I am about a month late with the 'New Year' bit for the title. But it seems fitting some how.
I am now 12 weeks post op from my laporoscopy and feel pretty good actually, considering how ill I was 6 months ago. I wish I could say that I am now completely asymptomatic, but unfortunately I still get easily tired and still have certain monthly 'lady' issues. But for the benefit of any male readers I will stop right there.
I guess since I have had the endometriosis 'growing' for so long, I am bound to still have a few problems, but these are easily managed with good pain meds and rest. Yes, rest. I do rest now. Being ill has taught that I'm not superwoman! And nor should I try to be. I should do what I can, when I can.
This is the philosophy I'm currently applying to training. I'm now training for about 4 hours a week, but am careful not to overdo it at each session. The Senpai and Sensi are keeping a close eye on me, never fear! I sometimes find that because I seem to have a high pain and tiredness threshold, I can easily overdo it and these guys aren't afraid to tell me 'enough now'. This is a big help for me, enough though it may seem to an outsider that they are being overcautious, they are just looking after me.
Because of this, I can now Uke for others for about 30-45 minutes. Two weeks ago, I only managed 15 minutes before collapsing in a heap. A diginifed heap, but a heap none the less. This week I managed about 30 minutes. Without breaks. So you see, I am slowly getting better all the time.
I don't think I would have recovered so quickly and so well, (to the amazement of my GP) without my Aikido training. Any martial arts training condition you in certain ways. Aikido is good for you getting to know you. Thats how I know I'm recovering well. My Aikido now feels good, and strong, and I feel that it is improving all the time now I'm not in so much pain. I now feel that I've got the strenght and energy to try for my next grade. And I haven't felt like that for a long time.