Time is getting ever-closer for surgery, and I am getting increasingly antsy and anxious.
Thanks to my daughter’s clever brain, I went online and paid all my regular monthly bills that will come due while I’m in hospital or rehab. Two of them I normally pay online, but the other two I get a print out, write a check and mail them because the water board and the gas company both charge a few bucks for online payment. And the notices for them won’t come out for a few days, so I was fretting about missing them and then having a late payment getting mailed out.
So, anyway, I got the monthly bills paid early. And I washed my bedsheets. My instructions are to shower Monday night, then use a special cleanser solution on my chest and abdomen area (without mixing with soap), sleep on clean bedding, then get up and do the shower and cleansing routine again just before going to the hospital. And I’m not supposed to sleep with pets. 🙁
So, I’ve done all that I could do, so far as I know. I did get a new supply of the blood pressure medication so my b.p. will be adequately lowered until the surgery. I have my Rx medications list printed out for the hospital to use, as well as my supply of meds all packed neatly and ready to carry with me in case I will need them.
I have clean pajama pants and safety socks (with anti-slip dots on them), plus a few extra underpants to wear in the hospital. I also have a button-up nightshirt in case I get to cover up more fully than with the stupid hospital gowns, but we’ll see how that goes.
I have a map printed out for Donna to find the hospital and get me there on time.
I don’t know what else to do in order to prepare at this point. Tomorrow I have a liquid-only diet, plus Dulcolax in the morning and an enema before bed, and nothing by mouth on Tuesday morning. But they did say I could have a small amount of water to take my medications, but no insulin since I won’t be eating on Tuesday. Once I’m there, the hospital is supposed to monitor my blood glucose and food, except I won’t be actually eating for a couple of days — I’ll have a gastro tube up my nose and into my stomach for a couple days. Ohhhh goodie!!! (not!)
I finished David’s hat, so I started fidgeting a shawl. I don’t know if I’ll have Donna bring it to me later or not. The surgeon said I won’t feel like doing ANYthing for a few days, anyway, so I won’t take it with me. I will try to take my phone with me, although that is discouraged since phone activity can interfere with hospital electronics and stuff. I don’t know. Once I get out of SICU and into a regular hospital room, it will be nice to be able to post on Facebook once in a while. Anyway, I don’t even know if I’ll ever finish this. It is a fidget project to occupy my hands and mind while I wait to go to the hospital, just random stitch patterns, no goal in mind or anything, randomly changing as the mood hits. . I also plan to take a pad of paper and some pens in case I want to write or draw or something. I’d rather have it available and not use it than to want it and not have it.
So that’s how it is on this Day Before The Day Before surgery. Or Surgery Eve Eve. Whatever.