Think of me on August 20 at 10 AM (EST), then I am going under the knife!
I met with the surgeon yesterday, and he seems very knowledgeable. He didn't have to explain anything since I already knew all the details. We will have to be at the hospital early, and the actually surgery is at 10 AM. He expects the surgery to take 4 hours, which is pretty fast. I told him I was concerned with blood clots since I got one right after my last surgery, and then had two more in the following year. He said that is a concern anyway with someone on the operating table for that many hours, so they always give all patients a shot of blood thinners afterwards. That made me feel much better, because a DVT is painful to have, and I am sure I will have enough pain as it is...
So I am now waiting for the hospital to call for me to come in for my preoperative appointment, that is usually when they take your insurance info and do a battery of blood tests.
Sarah and I had a hard time finding the hospital since it was raining like crazy! I ended up in the wrong place twice before finally finding the right office. But hey, we got an impromptu tour of the facilities!
I also booked my sister her plane ticket, so she will be arriving on the 16th. That gives us a few days to do some shopping and also visit Universal Studios in Orlando fro some major fun! I figured, who knows when I will be up for anything like that any time soon... The day before surgery I have to do a bowl prep. It is very important the bowels are as clean as possible since spilled fecal matter during the surgery can cause dangerous infections. It is not as intense as before a colonoscopy, but you have to take antibiotics and massive doses of probiotics too, which makes sense I guess. Only clear liquids the day before. Man, I will be hungry! I won't get anything to eat the first few days after surgery either. They better drug me up good, I hate being hungry... ;-)
I got a lot of work to do, so I better get to it!