Two and a half weeks… that’s how long I have to prepare for surgery. My trip on the emotional rollercoaster is ongoing and exciting… and a little nerve wrecking, as I’m reaching a point where I just want to get it done and over with. The dark thoughts on what might go wrong sometimes make it difficult to sleep. I do fall asleep, but I have wild and weird dreams, and I toss and turn all night, and wake up with my entire body aching.
Also, my lumpy liver is giving me more pain these days. I suppose this, at least, confirms that surgery is truly the way to go. But how does one prepare for such a big event? Here’s what I’ve done.
1. Bought a book that was recommended to me by a friend. The book, “Surgery: How to rehearse before you see the nurse” was written by a woman, who had almost the exact same surgery as I did, with liver resection and gallbladder removal. Of course she also had a bunch of complications, that she wrote about in the book, and freaked me out a bit. BUT, on a positive note, I now have a better feeling of what to expect when I go in, and what to bring with me. Never thought of things like pillows, aromatherapy, and my own assortment of teas. Good information to have.
2. Started working on a list of what to bring to the hospital… pillows, aromatherapy, my own assortment of teas… 😉 also, nightgown, slippers with grippy things, funny looking CrossFit socks, baked goodies for the nurses, music, lots of music, audiobooks etc.
3. Created a meal train on mealtrain.com, and was absolutely overwhelmed by the response. Weeks of meals are covered. Meals from paleo and non-paleo people alike, willing to step out of their comfort zone to make a meal for my family, that we can actually eat. How sweet is that?
4. Put everything from homeschool classes, to ballet, to swimming lessons into a shared Google calendar for the family, so they know where to be and when.
5. Started eating clean. Like for realz. No joking around this time. I’m eating clean. Booyah!
6. Created a will and advance directive. Didn’t like that. Cried doing it, but hell, you gotta do it, right?
7. Ordered a necklace with a kettlebell and a ring around the kettlebell reading “Conquer”, because it just feels right.
8. Made sure to have paleo foods delivered to the hospital, so I can avoid hospital food.
What I have yet to do…
Get in a better place emotionally. I want to do some affirmations and meditation. I don’t like being in this emotional place I am now. I want to feel good and positive and expect a great outcome.
Also, I’m asking YOU! What do you think I forgot? What is it, that you would absolutely want to add to my list? I’d appreciate any and all feedback from you.