We have set a date for the surgery – far sooner than I expected.
I was told originally that after the insurance company approved the surgery, it would go to my Doctor to review, and a week later or so, they would set the date – probably 4-6 weeks in the future.
So, that got me a tad worries, since I have the cruise in May and don’t want to be coming right out of surgery into that. So, I waited with baited breath to see exactly how far into March – or maybe even April – we set the date.
Well, I was a bit off.
The surgery is set for this month. That’s right, February 24th.
I have at least 6 different appointments between now and then, including 4 the week of the surgery. So, I will be taking 4 weeks off, effective the 22nd. I don’t go back to work until the 24th of March.
So what is on the horizon?
A pre-op meeting with my surgeon. Phone calls with the hospital to confirm my current medications.
A nursing class, because clearly, no one thinks I am smart enough to figure out how to nurse my five 1-inch incisions. Or how to take vitamins and pain meds.
A nutrition class. This is the most important class I think I will take. The dietary guidelines for the 6 weeks after the surgery are rough – could be the hardest thing I ever do. But, I don’t really have a choice but to follow it. If I eat to much, I will make myself sick.
I do know that the first week after surgery will be liquid only – broth, water, sugar free juice. No milk. No steak. No burgers.
Is it too late to change my mind?
Just kidding. Kinda.
I’m ready for this, or as ready as I can be. Mentally, I am about as ready as I can get. I’m just glad it is coming sooner, rather than later.
On a side note, I joined the YMCA in Silverdale last week. Worked out Saturday and Sunday. Will try to go back Wednesday morning before work.
Now, why would I join NOW!!!? Simple. I have to figure out what I am doing after the surgery, how it will work, what my plan will be. So, joining now gives me two weeks to work out normally. Get a plan in my mind what I need to do once I am off light duty from the surgery and back to normal.
After the surgery, I will be on a ‘lift nothing over 10 pounds for 4 weeks’ rule. So, during that time, I will be at the Y every day, hitting the pool, walking, something to be active daily. After 4 weeks, I will be used to it, and when I go back to work, I will be ready to migrate back to the plan that I am working now.
Now, I just need to find someone who will play racquetball with me….
More updates to come, probably more often as we get closer to surgery. Certainly after surgery I will post regularly to keep track of the process.
Stay safe, peeps.