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Dream, Recover, Live

February 6, 2017

I have always been a mover, dancer or even a gym freak and pole dancing is a huge part of my life  (Wow 15 years nearly) 


Most of us have had at least one operation in our life time, but knowing the do’s and don’ts will increase your chances of getting back to normal more quickly.

When I was first told I had to have major abdominal surgery my heart sank, not just because of the actual surgery but the thought of not being able to do anything for myself. I was told I couldn’t pick up my babies, open a door, lift a kettle over half way full, to be patient with my progress and not to push through and yes of course NO pole, gym and bendy crazy stuff.

I completely understand that heal well now and save yourself issues down the short and long road.


But WOW this was gonna be a challenge!


So for my road to recovery I’ve set myself a to-do list including business updates, paper work, tax accounts and for a bit of fun beading. But of course the first two weeks sleep & rest.


When the time came to go under I was convinced I was gonna say ‘no stop I can’t do this!’ But here I am a two weeks today feeling so much better with just 4 more weeks to go.

Which may I say feels quick to others ‘yes Kelly I mean you’ but for me it’s like watching a frigging snail! Although the drugs have helped… (They knock me out but make me feel sick)


As part of my recovery i saw a physiotherapist. Who was my student a while back until she left to have a beautiful baby girl. She gave me some light abdominal exercises just x4 but it’s enough for now. I do them every morning and evening when in bed as its not easy in my condition to get down on the floor!

These were recommended for me, please always consult your doctor or any other healthcare professional for advice and always start of slow and build up each time.  Never Rush!


Lying down pelvic floor exercises 

  • Gently squeeze and lift these muscles

  • Keep squeezing and lifting for a few seconds

  • Relax your pelvic floor muscles back to resting position

  • Take a deep breath into your belly to help relax and rest your pelvic floor

  • If you can repeat this exercise again for a total of 1-3 repetitions

Spinal Twist

  • Beginner style – start by lying on your back, knees bent, feet flat on the floor arms relaxed by your sides.

  • Keeping back and shoulders flat on the floor slowly move knees to one side, relax breath 3-5 breaths

  • Slowly back up to starting position then repeat alternating sides

Then Try

  • One leg aiming to keep the knee facing towards the ceiling from shaking!

  • Again repeat alternating sides

Now same start position

  • Pull your belly button in trying to get your back flat to the floor hold then release

  • Repeat this exercise again for a total of 1-3 repetitions

Remember to be patient with your progress and do not rush it, adequate rest and recovery is essentinal!


Once I hit three weeks 'half way' I will start my nutrition plan and fill you all in but for now I’m gonna enjoy a bit of naughty within reason.


Thank you for reading




Would like to thank all the staff at the Nuffield Hospital, Bournemouth for your love and care

(The food was banging!)

Kelly for being amazing. Samilou's is lucky to have you.

David my husband for being my rock, i couldn't on done it without you.



This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. You should always consult your doctor or any other health care professional for diagnosis, treatment and exercises of medical conditions.


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