Monday, September 15, 2008

this time next friday....

I will be back in the hospital room, and probably very out of it....after a successful LPAO!

Had the pre-op meeting with Dr. Schrader last Tuesday and all is moving according to plan.... although there were 2 minor changes....

1) I had been told 7.30am by the nurse, thinking of course that I would 'check in' at Northside for 7.30 with my surgery taking place around 9ish. WRONG. Turns out my SURGERY is AT 7:30, which now means we have to be at the hospital for 5.30am. Oh joy. not only am I convinced I'll have a crappy night, the night before, but now I have even less time to get a good nights' sleep - hey-o, I'll survive.

2) I had just assumed that my incision was going to be straight up the front of my thigh over my hip....WRONG. Schrader informed me that my incision would be 'different to Lauren's' in that it would go around the side of my hip (which I've seen in some of the other hip chicks photos). I actually feel pretty good about this latest change, since I'm hoping the scar might hug, heck, even be covered by a bikini...either way, it won't be sticking out the bottom of my shorts!

In other news....

My Millenia Crutches arrived... I originally ordered the gray ones, thinking they would be metallic and match my car (yeah, yeah, I know...) but then Ken from Millennial Medical (absolutely fantastic chap!) called and said they were out of the 'nice' gray and that the latest batch looked a little ....well....'medical'. Needless to say, I changed my mind and went for the racing red!

A big shout out to Millennial Medical...Ken was great, customer service to beat any other. I would highly reccommend them. I got the 'In-Motion PRO' crutches, since I figured the spring loaded bottom would give me an extra boost!

My plan while I'm in hospital is to while away the hours with the low-effort, low-focus act of 'decorating' them with stickers....so I'll be taking a trip to Michael's this weekend to stock up on the glittery kind :)

I have my pre-op interview with Northside this Thursday, and I need to return to get my pre-op blood work done for the cross-match for the 2 units they'll have on standby. That'd be A Negative PLEASE, Red Cross!

Not really much more to do other than wait for next Friday to roll around.

Hubby Jim is now set and ready to go as the interim author during the first few days after the surgery...and I know you'll enjoy his ramblings..and potential rantings :)

I'll post again before the main event...

6 comments:

the girl said...

Good luck! Mine is not for another month :)

Mom said...

Hey Rache,
Pleased that the op scar will be out of sight when you wear your shorts!!
Not long to go now.I know you are nervous & so are we,we will be thinking of you all day on the 26th (12.30pm our time) & then the long wait for Our son in law to give us the update on your recovery.See You on the 30th.

Big Sis said...

Mmmmm nice crutches Rache!

I hope that the op goes to plan next week, we will all be thinking of you and waiting anxiously for Jim's phone call.
Love you lots xx

Sam said...

Hey Rachel,

So the surgery is Friday? I wish you the absolute best of luck and can't wait to see you on the other side. You're going to do great!!

Lauren said...

Don't worry about sleeping the night before because you'll be doing plenty of sleeping after. To be honest I preferred being groggy and not completely awake while driving to the hospital (at 5 in the morning) it makes it a little harder to think straight. Plus you won't have a hungry stomach for long. Good luck. We're here if you need us. See you on the other side!!

Mom said...

Hey Rache,

Just testing as i have lost my password to get on to this blog