IT’S OFFICIAL! This is Real! My surgery date is scheduled for July 25th.
I can’t tell you how excited I was when my surgeon told me the date! OMG! My surgery is just a little more than a month away! That’s it! Just 4-1/2 weeks! I still can’t believe it. This is all coming to life! My life will change forever…
Now, looking back at the past 8 months of what felt like endless preparing (appointments with my Nutritionist, Specialists, blood tests, meeting with Support Groups and all the other appointments for approvals, etc.) no longer seem like a lifetime! It’s really here… This July 25th?!!
I have so much to say. I have so much to share right now! I will try to keep my thoughts together, and separate all these swirling thoughts it into different posts. Oh my.
If anyone doesn’t know what a “Pre-op” appointment is, I will share briefly. This is that one (1) and only appointment left in which you meet with the Surgeon (Dr. “P”) and go over the surgery expectations and procedure. Yes, I said “SURGERY”.
Dr. “P” was great. He not only explained the surgery process, but also what I should expect before, during and right after my surgery, how long surgery would take (2-3 hours) and how long I would be in the hospital (2 days). He answered all my questions and shared more than most surgeons (I think) would share. He also wanted to make sure I had support from family and/or friends. This was something he was very serious about.
If I thought about this appointment in advance, I would have brought someone with me. I was alone. There was so much information. Maybe too much information to process.
Next, the nurse came into the room and shared everything – and, I mean EVERYTHING else! She gave me an anitbacterial prescription to wash with the night before surgery to help prevent any infections during my surgery. She reviewed the specific diet that must be followed 1 week prior to surgery (mostly liquid). She explained the consequences of taking any medication sized larger than a pencil eraser that I may take after surgery (with the new stomach) could get stuck. Stuck?? We reviewed all the foods to avoid which can cause “dumping syndrome” and so, so, so much more information! I left with a folder FULL of information.
What I found exceptional was the nurse didn’t just ask about family/friends and my support, but actually explained the seriousness of the support needed and exactly the type of support required. This word “support” now has a defination!! I mean, who really knows what support means? How do I ask for support, if I can’t “define” it? I guess I should have brought support with me. Oh well.
The two major points that really “hit home” was (1) Do I really have the support I need? and (2) The rest of my life is soon to be changed forever on July 25th.
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