First off, thanks for all of the prayers, thoughts, and kind words from many of you. I am now recovering from surgery to repair an inguinal hernia (the abdominal wall type). The surgery took place on Friday at 10am and I was home by 1pm the same day. Much of Friday is still a fog for me, but I wasn't in too much pain after the surgery, probably mainly due to the local anesthesia that didn't wear off until overnight Friday. Based on experiences of others and what I was told to expect from my medical care team, the day after the surgery (yesterday) would be the worst day. It was pretty rough. Getting out of bed or up from my chair was painful, walking was difficult, and I gained more than six pounds of (presumably) water weight from the surgery, IV, swelling, etc.
Today has been quite a bit better, though I still have a long way to go. This afternoon I was able to walk five laps outside around my house (very slowly) without any real pain. Two of the pounds gained came off as of this morning. And thankfully, I was able to get full nights of sleep both Friday and Saturday. I took the prescribed painkiller on Friday night and had a rough time with it--lots of lightheadedness when I needed to get out of bed. I got through Saturday night with just Tylenol PM, and don't plan to take anything stronger than that the rest of the way.
Per my doctor, I am cleared to walk as I feel like it, but no lifting, running, or jogging until September 24th at the earliest, at which time he'll do a post-op examination with possible clearance to resume running and jogging. Thanks again for your concern.