All the tests are complete, all the checks are checked and all the steps are completed.
Tomorrow, ‘Operation: Life Reboot’ is underway.
I had a follow up with the doctor’s office today, as well as a meeting with a counselor that I will be seeing to adjust to all of my new life changes.
I explained to the counselor that – essentially – I am at the halfway point of my life. So this ‘reboot’ really is the start of the second half of, my life, a healthier path. Not just physically, but over all. I want to make sure that my second half of life is better than my first.
So, tomorrow morning I will get up and head to the hospital. They will check me in, make me wait for a couple hours before taking me back and putting me to sleep. The surgery will take about 2 hours, give or take, then I will be in recovery for about 2-4 hours before they put me in my own private room (They said everyone gets a private room, but I think I am getting one just because I am that awesome…right?).
They will make me walk every hour and be able to drink a certain amount of water before they allow me to head home on Thursday. As long as it all goes well, I come home before lunch on Thursday. Any issues with pain or keeping down fluids could keep me there longer.
Oh, pain – amazingly, the pain is not really caused from the surgery site so much as the gas that is used during the surgery. They use gas to expand the abdominal cavity, and after the surgery, that gas builds up in your chest and can cause some pain – sometimes, really horrible pain. Normally, they send you home with Perccocet, but I told the doctor the last time I took that, it didn’t work for crap, so he is giving me Vicodin instead.
And if I learned anything from Dr. Gregory House, it’s that Vicodin is magical.
On the way home, I stopped off and gave some stuff to my friend Perry from church. Love this guy. He prayed for me right there in the middle of the Family Pancake House restaurant. It helped me a ton, honestly.
So, I enter bed tonight comfortable and ready. Not scared or worried anymore. Not afraid of the worst case scenarios. Not nervous about the next several months of adjustments.
I’m just ready to go. Ready to do this.
Thanks to everyone who follows the blog and has been so interested in my journey. It only gets bigger and better from here.
“But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE,” we also believe, therefore we also speak, knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:13-15