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I am recovering from my angioplasty and stent placement earlier this week. I was drugged up pretty much while I was in the hospital so I did not know what was really happening with my own body. And then there was the hospital staff who took care of me pretty good. I was discharged the very next day. Than began my ordeals in handling the simplest things as picking myself up from the bed. As the procedure entrance site was the right femoral artery there was swelling, bruising and pain. Despite my son's help cooking, cleaning and helping me out with getting into bed or getting medicine, there were other things I had to do by myself like brushing my teeth, using the bathroom and showering.

When a person goes through a major procedure like mine they tend to depend on family and friends to help them recover for a few days. I believe in getting up and moving around as soon as I can so that the recovery will be faster. As we lie down and let others do everything for us, we tend to become lazy, since we don't move a muscle our body takes its own time to become active, with that we tend to feel more sick, infections are waiting to happen because of inactivity and not to mention we depend on others for the smallest things for a longer time. By doing simple things by ourselves we are active. The sleeping medicines wear out faster so our mind is alert. We don't depend on others so we get our confidence back to handle things better. We recover faster so we are able to get back to routine faster. Our body becomes healthier soon so we won't become sick. Overall we feel better physically and mentally.

There are however some facts to keep in mind while we are going through the recovery process. Even though we are trying to become independent and healthy faster, we need to watch out for some draw backs for being eager to get in the fast track. Listening to our body is the most important thing to do. We should not over do it and hurt ourselves, there are limitations for every procedure that we go through. For example, if we had a broken arm that is fixed we might not want to raise it too many times or hold weights for a few days.

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