How big was the pillow on your bass drum stool?....the grapes of wrath! You're an absolute warrior for doing that!I one time played a gig about 4 days after having hemorrhoid surgery... There was only one "groove" I was worried about that night! Haha. Gig ended up going really really well actually, most of it was accompanying hip hop artists so I had a ton of simple steady 4/4.
I played a gig after having a minor op on my right foot which left me with a stitch in between my 2nd and 3rd toe. I couldn't wear shoes or trainers as it was that swollen so I had to play the gig with a slipper on my bass drum foot. Bass drum was played slightly quieter than usual.
I find gigging helps if there's something on my mind and as I found out a couple months back grief. Playing lets me escape reality for a bit and the good thing about being a drummer is you choose how involved you want to be and make it work!