Sleep was awful for me post op, just awful. I used to have a ‘sleep routine’ well, that vanished. You are not alone in wanting ‘a sense of normal’, in fact it damn near sent me crazy trying to find anything close to ‘normal’. Not only my sleep normal but all of my ‘normals’ evaporated. My activities, My sleep, My diet, My everything, it’s all changed. A common theme often spoken about here is ‘New normal’ and I had a real issue accepting a new normal. I wanted the old me back, with the old routine, my old stamina level and my old life. But over time (and it took quite some time) I’ve come to reluctantly accept that things have changed, everything has changed and I’ve had to adapt to these changes. I tried to push against change to get my old life back, that didn’t work, in fact it made the whole recovery process even harder, so don’t be doing that.
I MUST agree with JD and Mike in that two weeks is very, very early days in your recovery. Neurosurgery is MAJOR trauma. Be kind to yourself, rest when you need it and not at a set time. Listen to your body, not the clock on the wall. Take some time for you and your needs. For me I find some days I need rest in the afternoon, some days I don’t, But I MUST listen to my body. If I don’t I end up paying for it BIGTIME.
Pam, my last neurosurgeries were in 2013 and I still have these same issues here, today, 6yrs later. This thing called recovery is a marathon, not a sprint. This is a time to be kind to yourself. Take the time you NEED.
Merl from the Moderator Support Team