September 11, 2020
The good news is I managed to get all of my procedures done “this week” as I was told. Labs came back normal (whatever that means), chest x-ray was good, EKG was perfect and my primary care doctor gave me the all-clear for my surgeon. Oh, and the best news – the pee test that I wasn’t expecting confirmed that I am not pregnant. I tell ya, that would have been the icing on the cake for this very weird 2020! Dodged that bullet.
My pre-op appointment with my surgeon went well. I finally got The Binder. I’ve been looking so forward to The Binder and I kind of wish they would have given it to me way before now… like on the final consultant visit or something. It has EVERYTHING I could ever need to know and I’m so thankful to have it all in one place. The thing is, while I’ve done a TON of research, every program is different. From what I understand, it’s critical to follow MY doctor’s orders. So to have all of that in one place is so helpful.
Some programs require a 2 week liver-shrinking diet. That consists of mainly liquid and protein drinks and lean protein and veggies for dinner only. There are many variations of this diet but I’m THRILLED that my program didn’t require that. I have 2 days before surgery where I have to be on nothing but clear liquids. I can handle that, I’m sure. 2 weeks might have been tough.
Surgery is on Monday, 9/21 as I said. I check in at the hospital at 5:30 AM and surgery is at 7:30-ish. My husband will have to just drop me off in the morning and then come pick me up the next day. No waiting room and no visits after surgery (thank you COVID ). I’m thinking I’ll be sleeping a lot after surgery so it’s not the end of the world…just weird. Then if all goes well, I’ll be released the following day. I will be home resting for the week. My husband works in the office so more than likely I will be alone during recovery. One of my best friends lives about 5 minutes away from me so if there was some kind of emergency, she could be here to help out if needed. She works from home too so I am not too worried about being alone. After listening to other people’s accounts of their recovery, it’s a lot of taking it easy and getting up to do some walks. My team recommends 6 walks a day at least. That can be just walking around the house doing laps or short walks to the end of the block and back. So between walking and drinking sips of stuff every 15 minutes… and SLEEPING… I think I’ll be OK. But if I’m not, my friend is just a phone call away.
I’m making some very important decisions about my “last meals.” OK so these are not very important decisions but since I only have 8 days to eat whatever I want (before the liquid pre-op diet starts) I have to be selective about what I splurge on. There are only so many meals in a day and I definitely don’t want to show up for my surgery 25 pound heaver because I’ve eaten non-stop . Tonight we had my favorite Korean chicken wings. That hit the spot. Tomorrow will be a tame day with dinner at home. My spaghetti. I’m going to miss pasta so I’ll be having spaghetti. And my mother in law made me my most favorite cake. We will all have 1 piece for dessert and then the leftovers will go to some friends of ours who love her cake too. Next week, I simply MUST have Indian food at some point (my absolute favorite) and then probably one last hurrah at our favorite pizza place. For the days in between, I will eat sensibly at home. Of course once I start that pre-surgery liquid diet, inevitably I’ll think of a million more places I should have had! But I think this is plenty. I won’t go crazy but I will enjoy.
How am I feeling?
I’m feeling OK. Everyone keeps asking “are you excited?” Well… I don’t know that “excited” is the right word. I’m anxious… mildly anxious just because of all the little bits and pieces I have to remember or take care of. I suppose I’m excited in some ways. It’s going to be interesting for me to navigate through this big change. I am excited to have better labs and lower blood pressure (consistently). I am excited to actually get dressed… not get hidden. I am excited to finally get a grip on the bad habits I’ve developed with food and over eating. I am excited to RUN again. I am VERY excited to RUN again.
10 more sleeps till surgery… I think I’m still in shock.