Matthew 7:25 - The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
After having a surgery, your legs can feel wobbly as you get used to the changes made in your body.
If the surgery was in your neck, you may have some difficulty turning your head.
Aftercare for both surgery patients is to be part of physical therapy.
Physical therapy can be very taxing on your body as you stretch your muscles and use your legs on an exercise bike or treadmill.
But it is important to take seriously your therapy at a fitness center, but also home therapy.
Having surgery places your body with a clean slate. You have a chance to learn how to do things differently, what activities you will have to give up, which ones to keep and learn the right way to do things.
You need to build a new foundation. One that is built upon the rocks of exercise and eating a nutritious diet. This foundation is important. You may want to skip this part and think that you’re okay because you’ve completed your physical therapy.
Just like I said above, you are given a fresh start. It’s up to you how you will build your foundation – will it be built on the rocks of hard work and perseverance or will it be built on the sand of taking the easy way out.
Physical therapy and home exercises can be painful to do. You’ll have to go the extra mile. But if you don’t follow through and build a stronger back or neck, you’re weakness will seep into all areas of your life.
Things will begin to fall apart. Your back will become stiff from not exercising your muscles and your neck won’t turn very much.
But it’s never too late to begin home therapy and exercise. Take it a step at a time and persevere through it.
It is valuable. You are valuable, to your family and to all of the people who are in your life. When you feel like giving up find some ways to motivate yourself from dougkelsey.com in their article, “The One Thing You Must do to Motivate Yourself.”
Life after surgery can be built on a solid foundation. And as the Bible verse above says, when the rain comes down and streams rise in your life and the winds beat against your life, know that God will help you build that firm foundation. Then, you’ll be able to withstand the winds of trials and pain.
Put on those shoes. Let’s go!
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.