|Farewell RBG and Covid Test Results and Blood Test Results|
September 19, 2020
RBG’s death has left me with a deep sadness. It’s the same sadness that I felt on election day, 2016. I am afraid for our country. I am praying for peace right now more than ever.
Still no blood labs back yet. But I did get my negative COVID results last night at about 7:00. That was fast! Less than 12 hours passed, and my result was in and posted in my online health chart. Now I can check that box.
I got a phone call from my surgeon’s office. My doctor will be back from vacation today and he will be reviewing my labs. His assistant said that he would definitely call me directly if there was any concern on his end. I’m really hoping my labs come back with reassuring news. Still no fever (97.5… I typically run a bit lower than 98.6) and no other signs of infection. I just want to see it on paper, you know.
Today I’m spending the day at home getting my house clean. I want order in my world when I return home from the hospital. I want my room dusted and vacuumed and all the clutter gone. I just opened one of the doors to my armoire and it was like an avalanche. Time to get organized. This reminds me of that nesting thing I went through just before I had a child. No baby this time but I definitely want to rest on clean sheets and not trip over the piles of stray shoes that need to be put away.
Packing my hospital bag
1. Chapstick. Every YouTube video I’ve watched (and I’ve watched MANY) has this item in at least the top-5.
2. Tablet and long charging cable (works for my phone too).
3. Comfy (baggy/non-restrictive) outfit to wear home. I’ve got some fantastic loungewear that I found about 2 months ago that is so soft and it’s decent enough that if I had to be seen in public, it won’t look like I just rolled out of bed. I have 3-4 sets of these at home that I’ll be living in for a while, I’m sure.
4. Slippers with tread. Walking is going to be pretty critical for my recovery so these are recommended for laps around the nurses station. I have some very comfy slip ons that will be perfect.
5. Robe. I don’t know if the hospital gowns are still open in the back but just in case… I will be walking so I would rather not show my backside to unsuspecting onlookers.
6. Toiletries. I won’t be able to shower for a week but I do have body wipes and wipes for my girl parts, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste and the very basics. I am so thrilled that my period is supposed to start on the day after my surgery . The nurse said no tampons so I’m bringing these gigantic overnight pads just to be on the safe side. I’m 50. It would be so great if I didn’t have to worry about periods anymore or at least if there was some sign that they are slowing down. But no, not me. They’re as regular as they have ever been. And it’s just one more thing I’ll get to tend to during my recovery.
That’s about it. I’m only supposed to be there overnight so there’s no need for me to have a bunch of extra stuff.
I’ve downloaded some episodes of “Ratched” (Netflix) and I have plenty of reading material on my tablet too. I imagine I’ll be sleeping a lot between walks and peeing. I don’t expect to have energy for much else. I will take it easy and hopefully have a smooth recovery so I can come home to my own bed and to my husband. He's been so great through all of this. I can't ask for more.
Liquid diet today and tomorrow. So far, that’s been fine but I’ve only been awake for 2 hours . I’m going to re-read my binder again to make sure I’m ready for everything that’s to come… if it is to come. I really hope I get my lab results back SOON.
I will post more later today if I get any more news.
How am I feeling? Overwhelmed. Not with the upcoming surgery but with everything going on in our world right now. I’m fighting feelings of fear. What will happen now that RBG has left a vacant seat in the Supreme Court and Trump is vowing to fill it quickly? What will happen after the election in 45 days – no matter who wins? What is the long-term outcome of this pandemic on our lives and on our world? I’m overwhelmed. I will log off of all social media and slanted news stories for now so that I don’t get too worked up. It’s a great time to clean my house!
UPDATE: Still no lab results and this liquid diet SUCKS.
UPDATE #2: Lab results came back and my white blood cell count is as normal as can be. My primary care doctor sent me the nicest note to assure me that I'm 100% healthy for this surgery. THANK GOD. And now I can rest easy.