Natural Ways to Heal & Recover From Surgery

Hey everyone, I promised I'd let you know about how my surgery went and the natural approaches I've been using to recover. I had surgery on Wednesday. It lasted 2 hours, and I was released home the same day. It was not a minor procedure (in fact, this is the most major surgery I've ever had), and I'm glad to not have to stay in the hospital when I can rest at home.

I'll outline everything I've done so far, and update this blog with what I continue to do to recover, naturally. And let me be clear: I'm still doing what my doctor suggested, still taking pain meds even though I don't like them (because the last thing you want to do is get into pain, because then it's harder to control), and being careful with what I do. But I have to recover suuuuuper fast because I have 3 TV appearances coming up very soon, and I need miraculous levels of healing to make this all work! 

1. Rest at home. As mentioned, I came home the day of my surgery, wrapped up in a surgical garment with drainage tubes and all. I love the energy in my home. It's set to be a healing energy, so recovery is much faster here.

2. Mantra during surgery. I am fortunate enough to have a small group of people agree to chant mantra for me during my surgery, and trust me, that goes a long way. I had no fear going under anesthesia and was actually quite relaxed.

3. Nano Silver. Leading up to the surgery and post surgery, I've been taking nano silver. Helped to clear out a last minute infection before surgery and it keeps you extra healthy, while strengthening the potency of the post-surgery antibiotics.

4. Homeopathy. Before and after surgery. For 5 days before surgery and still now I've been taking arnica, staphysagria and phosphorus, 30C, 2-4 times daily. Phosphorus helps with recovery from anesthesia, arnica helps with swelling, bruising and pain and staphysagria helps in the healing of surgical wounds.

5. Making sure to get moving! The day of my surgery, when I got home I walked around my apartment. The next day, I waked around my large NYC block. The next day, I walked 1.5 miles. Today I walked over 2 miles (yes, you can just call me superwoman...it's ok!). 

6. Stay hydrated. Seeing as how I can't really use my abdominal muscles at all, and can't even get out of bed without help, eating and drinking has been challenging. So is sneezing, coughing, blowing my nose, or pretty much anything. Lol. But I've been making sure to drink electrolytes like Powerade, natural fresh juices pressed from a local juicer (carrot has been amazing, and helps with constipation...a major issue when taking pain meds), some ginger cayenne shots, and plenty of water. Oh, and my daily tea! :)

7. Visualization. I've been visualizing staying healthy and functional. Visualizing the drains coming out early. Visualizing walking well (I have 3 TV appearances coming up I have to be ready for, no matter what, so healing is a top priority for me!).

8. Turmeric. Turmeric is truly a wonder drug! Read my free mini ebook when you sign up for my email list to learn more.

9. Lots of healthy food, and listening to my body. I did an all liquid diet when I got home from surgery. Just fluids and miso soup. I started eating the next day, and all very healthy stuff. Since I can't eat or drink much, every little bit of space inside of me counts, so it's been getting filled with high nutrient, high fiber, easily digestible foods.

10. Probiotics, and lots of them! With taking this much antibiotics, I'm making sure to take ample probiotics too. about 150 billion units a day. 

So far, at 3 days post surgery, I'm regaining some sensation in my abdomen and my body is softening up. I walked 2 miles today. I have *ZERO* bruising whatsoever. And the stitch lines are super clean. My surgeon used some awesome fancy barbed sutures which are sure to aide in the recovery process and minimize scarring, which is awesome!

More updates coming soon! :)

Devotion

I never realized how rare devotion was. It’s an inherent part of how I approach my own life, but it’s not how most people have grown up to believe or act due to a sense of inner poverty. A textbook understanding would lead you to know that devotion is love applied to the world of action, meaning that all actions are being governed by an innate wisdom and universal understanding. But what is not clear to people is that devotion is a straight and narrow path that leads to certainty in your actions, and that is rare. And wherever there is certainty (aka, no doubt), there is success.

People have a long way to go to feel self empowered, and to know the world supports them in their efforts. Since most people don’t feel supported, there is a “me first” mentality that keeps people from understand what devotion is. Devotion is “you first”. It’s an understanding that in order to receive, you must first give. You can’t take money out of a bank account before you put money into it. Life is the same way. Unless you can give of yourself into someone else, you won’t be able to reap the joys life has to offer or to feel supported by the universe at large.

Only when people can stop this “me first” mentality will we be able to get rid of this mental disease and sense of lack known as inner poverty. Inner poverty is the enemy of both self confidence and successful, healthy relationships. No one is a mountain. No one becomes successful, or happy, all by themselves. Nothing on this planet sustains itself. Rain nourished plants which create food. Food sustains us. We help sustain the planet. It’s all cyclic.

Here are the questions most people need to ask themselves:

  • What part of me is so lacking that I can’t fully devote myself to someone else fully?
  • What part me feels jeopardized by giving, which is the basis of all life?
  • What part of me feels it will cease to exist if I give a piece of it to someone else?

Figure this out and you’ve discovered the lie that is holding you back. Or more likely the cobweb of beliefs and events that have made you disconnected from your highest self and others. It’s this disconnection that is disempowering and causes life to go off course. Devotion should not be foreign. It should be your life’s blood and what sustains you. It’s the power that enables the universe to have your back in all matters and is what makes life worth living.

Black, White & Shades of Grey - Life and It's Subtle Nuances

When I first started pursuing a spiritual path, I was under the assumption that it was going to help me connect with God and become "spiritual" for lack of a better word. As I continued on my path, I still believed this. I believed I was becoming more "spiritual. " Things improved in my life, and I was happier, healthier and more at peace. But as I continued on the path even further, my entire vantage point shifted. I realized that my life was getting better because I was becoming more human, not more spiritual. I was relating to myself, and others, in a different way. My perspective and vantage point had grown to be more inclusive.

This all started happening when I used the capacity of inner discernment to understand why and how my approach to my life and spiritual practice did not work for everyone. I've never believed there is a single way to do something, and I've always known all paths lead to God, but digging deeper, really contemplating on it, showed me that people don't have spiritual problems; they have human problems. And spirituality is merely a way to help you handle your very real, very human, very mundane problems in life.

Life is not simple. It's not black and white, unless you are very new to your journey and still have a lot left to learn. There is no one way, or right way, to do anything. Your life is is what you make it to be, and the possibilities that your life contain are only as limited as your mind, and your perspective is. If life is black and white to you, you have very little options, or opportunity. If you can expand your perspective to include shades of grey, and ultimately color into the spectrum of your perception, anything is possible. You'll also become a more tolerant, less judgmental person. The more you come to understand this, the more compassion you'll have for yourself and others. And compassion goes a loooooong way towards helping cultivate the inner prosperity necessary for you to achieve your goals.