10 Thoughts on Recovering from Surgery

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10 Thoughts on Recovering from Surgery

Hi guys!  Wow. It’s been an interesting two weeks.  Sinus Surgery is no joke.  I was completely out of it for almost a week and have been forced to really take it slow this past week.  It wasn’t what I expected and it has been hard to bounce back from.  But you can’t keep me down forever!

When I completely recover, I hope to write a post on advice and what to expect from sinus surgery to help anyone who has to go through it in the future.  I know I appreciated anything I could find online to help prepare me for the surgery.  I’m just not up to writing a long detailed post yet…  I’m still getting some headaches.  And since I’m still not completely better, I feel like my story isn’t complete.

So, In the meantime here are a few things I’ve been thinking about while I’ve been forced to stay on the bed or couch.

1. It’s easier to be sick and stuck inside when it’s 40 degrees and raining than 70 degrees and sunny. I want to go play outside!

2.I find much more satisfaction in finishing a book than watching hours of TV.  I end up feeling so invested in the story, like I know the characters.  I just finished “Love Walked In” by Marisa De Los Santos.  It’s sweet story with surprising twists and turns.  I’ve already downloaded the sequel on my Nook (Belong to Me) and I’m looking forward to reading it.

3.I can consume a lot of ice cream.  A lot. It’s bad.

4.Dogs are very hard to take care of when it’s hard to get up.


A fleeting moment of peace….

I can’t believe they are “touching” much less “spooning…”

5. I adore my bird feeder.  It must be the most popular bird feeder in the area.  I have two Cardinal pairs and dozens of other colorful birds that practically live at it.  My husband can’t keep it full of birdseed.  He says we are going to go poor on bird food, but I can’t get enough of watching the sweet birds.

6. Reading the new Runners World really makes me miss running even more.  At my checkup appointment my doctor said no running yet…. and I probably want to work on doing some laps walking around the house before I plan my next race.  My doctor knows me too well… I might have my eyes on some May 5K’s.  I’m trying not to get my hopes up though.

7. Online shopping is way too easy and I had to cut myself off.  I have some adorable summer dresses that I can’t wait to wear though!

8. I can spend a lot of time daydreaming about all the fun I’m going to have when I’m not sick anymore!  And it’s a good thing I bought those new outfits that will be perfect for Asheville summer events.

9. The Netflix TV series option is a blessing and a curse.  My husband downloaded it onto our Wii so I wouldn’t get bored.  I started watching this Australian TV series about a group of teenage ballerinas called “Dance Academy.”  I ended watching the entire collection of shows.  I couldn’t stop.   I was glad to have something to do and I really enjoyed the show.  It made me wish I was still able to dance.  But I feel like it is HOURS of my life that I will never get back. Refer back to number 2.



I can’t believe this exists!


I’ve actually never done Paint by Number before!

From my co-workers Holly and Jay… Dachshundopoly and  Dachshund Paint by numbers…. you guys know me too well. Smile Love you and can’t wait to be back.  I miss my real life![/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

By | 2017-08-15T14:04:32-04:00 April 8th, 2013|Fun, Personal Updates/ Top Monthly Posts, Rhett|22 Comments


  1. BREVELETTE October 29, 2017 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    HI Julie, Thanks for sharing your recovery experience, FROM sinus surgery. I HAD surgery 8 weeks ago and I am still very weak and tired. I’M praying and asking God; “What happened to my energy. I HAD 2 cyst removed from each one of my maxilary sinuses and they cleaned out my frontal forehead sinuses as well. They also cleaned out my sphenoid sinuses on each side of my temples. YES I’ve had an overhaul job!! I WANT MY ENERGY BACK,though. I don’t have any. I PRAY that they did not disturb the wrong thing.

  2. […] HERE & HERE are some posts I wrote during the sinus surgery […]

  3. Johnsie Hubble April 12, 2013 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Sure did Wunder where you were. So sorry to hear of this illness. My husband had sinus surgery at Mission 3 years ago. You are right. It is rough. But after a few months he was better than ever. No problems since. Hope you are better and up “running” soon!

  4. Becky Connolly April 12, 2013 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    Advice for #3; Blue Bell Pralines and cream and Mayfield O’Charley’s Caramel Pie.

  5. Gaye Higgins April 11, 2013 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Inspiration girl friend (feel like I know you)
    I have had voice problems since nov 2012 .
    Lesions that were to be biopsied disappeared.
    I will have allergy test next and I guess my sinuses
    Will be next I love hearing what is going on with you.
    I don’t use my voice as a profession but I do love to
    Sing at church! You are in my prayers

    • JulieWunder April 17, 2013 at 12:04 am - Reply

      Oh Gaye! I feel for you. It’s so hard to figure out what’s causing the problems sometimes.
      Goodluck! I feel your pain.

  6. Frank Burrell April 10, 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Hang in there Julie, I remember my nose surgery and it was bad enough without the sinus.

  7. Kim @ Cooking in the City April 10, 2013 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry to hear that the recovery isn’t happening as fast as you like 🙁 I didn’t even think about the headaches that you must be getting from the pressure- sinus headaches are awful! I’m looking forward to seeing your whole recap of everything, I’m a Web MD junkie and so interested in all things medical. Hope you feel better soon and in the meantime, continue to consume large quantities of ice cream!

  8. Madeline St Onge April 10, 2013 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Julie I hope you feel better really soon and are back on the air, I miss you so much
    OK where can I get Dachshund-opoly, I really NEED it. Fess up you gusy

    • JulieWunder April 10, 2013 at 3:20 pm - Reply

      They found it on amazon.com I think 🙂

  9. Annette cocke April 9, 2013 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    So glad that you are getting better – maybe not as quickly as you’d like but you’re getting there. All of us are rooting for you and want you to get well and get back to telling us about the weather for the day. We miss you. Keep doing what they tell you and you’ll be back before you know it. Love the pictures of the dogs and the toys!

  10. Beverly Walker April 9, 2013 at 9:52 pm - Reply


  11. Pat Maier April 9, 2013 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Julie you are missed on the early morning show. Hope that you are back to running soon. I had to take some time off because of twisting my knee, but hopefully soon I will be back at it.
    Hang in there and get well and life will be better…

  12. Marie Gunter April 9, 2013 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Julie…how wonderful to read your blog. It is certainly uplifting and very I’m so happy knowing you are slowly improving. It just proves prayers are helping in every way during your recovery. What would we do without friends and family? Continue to grow stronger ever day and enjoy all the beauty around you (ie; birds, flowers, etc. etc.) Miss seeing you on WLOS…Marie

    • JulieWunder April 10, 2013 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Marie. I am so glad you find my blog uplifting… that makes my day!
      Have a wunderful day!

  13. Joanne April 9, 2013 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Hope you continue to improve. Sure miss you in the morning and at lunch. I am sure you will be glad to be able to get out of the house.

  14. Joyce April 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Hi Julie, I had my surgery one day ahead of you and i still feel weak..I am so afraid of catching something until i heal completely that i am afraid to go anywhere..I have to go to the store and post office but that is about it..Hope you heal up well and start feeling better..It was a rough surgery but i have a good doctor and he told me exactly what to expect..Two more weeks and i should feel better..I have asthma and allergies too..Get well soon…

    • JulieWunder April 10, 2013 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      Hi Joyce– I completely understand. I’m still draining and having trouble catching my breathe- but it is getting better!
      Get well soon!!!!

  15. Annette Holbert April 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    I am glad to hear you are coming along well. I had sinus surgery it was no picnic.
    Looks like Holly and Jay have been to OP Taylors shopping.
    I miss seeing you on TV every day. I am looking forward to seeing you there again soon.

    • JulieWunder April 10, 2013 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      haha! I think they were on Amazon– although OP Taylors is awesome. Makes you wish like you were a kid again!

  16. gloria stevenson April 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Julie, As I think about you and your struggles with your health issues I keep feeling that even tho you are not getting to be on the air reporting the weather, you are still touching so many lives with your blogs. I feel like if it ever gets to where you can no longer broadcast due to your voice or even if you need a part time adventure, you definitely need to be writing a book or for a magazine. You are blessed with a great talent in the way you put feelings and thoughts into words. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Hurry and get well because we miss you “Smiling Julie Wonder”. Glo

    • JulieWunder April 10, 2013 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      Hi Gloria-
      I am planning on getting back to work soon… but I am so touched my your comments. I started this to just write about my running adventures but my life as taken so many twists and turns that this has expanded into so much more. Thank you so much. This defiantly a creative outlet for me.
      Hope to see you soon!

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