Packed and ready.


Saturday, October 10th, 2009

The surgery is Monday — it was moved from 9:45 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., and that means we have to be at the hospital at 5:00 a.m. Did not make DH happy, as for him “early” is 10:00 or 11:00 a.m. I’ll be in the ICU the first night, I believe, and then in a regular room the second night; should be able to come home on Wednesday.

I’m down about 20 lbs. with Optifast. Won’t say it’s been easy. Chocolate and vanilla vied for the taste winner. Strawberry was the clear loser.

It’s been a long journey. I went to the first meeting for this process on Oct. 18, 2008, and the surgery will be Oct. 12, 2009, just shy of a year. There are a lot of hoops. I guess I understand why, now that I’ve gone through it all. I didn’t think there were any superfluous steps. Even the psych eval — I think I understand the rationale there.

Today, DH and I went shopping. Got a bunch of protein powders, a few other things for after surgery, including a Brita pitcher because our water is so bad. I laid out everything I want to take with me to the hospital — see pic.

Stuff for the hospital.
Stuff for the hospital.

I am not sure that I will have any need for most of this, other than the magazines (bless my colleague for her kind gift of Patricia Cornwell, magazines and a brainteaser book) and a few of the toiletries. I have a ton of reading, writing and thinking material. I’ll also throw in an oversized jacket for the walks, maybe slippers. Some folks on the OH boards have suggested taking your own pillow (which I will) and a journal, so I got one of those. I also have the little refurb iPod in its handy-dandy case. All in the trusty Timbuk2 bag.

I’m pretty sanguine about the upcoming surgery. I had DH take some pics for the “before” me, and I’m being as upbeat about this as I can be. Everyone has been very supportive. My sister is ecstatic about it, and my folks seem pretty happy, too. DH is nervous. He doesn’t say much, but, as he puts it, he has a lot more to lose if things go awry.

Still to do before The Big Day: A grocery run for all the liquids for the first week. The mortgage and bills. Finishing the midterm for one of my classes. Posting grades for the other two. Tomorrow is “clear liquid and milk of magnesia” day for food, so I think I’ve had my last Optifast for a while. That is more than OK. Interestingly, I have to shower twice before the surgery using a special soap they gave me — once the night before, once the morning of. Never had to do that before for other surgeries.

I don’t know if I will have time to post tomorrow, as I think I’m booked solid with stuff to do. More than likely, the next time I post here, it’ll be AS (after surgery), as opposed to BS (before surgery). I wonder if my life will be like others say — celebrating a “surgiversary” rather than, or in addition to, a birthday, for example, or marking one’s life in two halves, AS and BS. I think I’d like to think so.

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