In the middle of the day yesterday, I spent over three hours at the doctor's office and hospital going through the pre-op routine. I had to sign paper after paper after paper... such as Consent to Surgical Procedure, Consent to Observer, Explanation of Surgical Service, insurance papers, fee papers, Release of Medical Information and more! I also received quite a few papers describing what I need to do before the surgery and after... what kind of food to eat and not to eat, what kind of clothes to wear home, medicines/supplements to take or not take, etc. They put a red hospital ID bracelet on my left wrist and now I have to wear it until next Thursday! Seems odd, but I guess that's the way it's done. Good thing I'm not much into "stylin'" these days. I also made reservations at the Marriott Courtyard right across the street from the hospital since the drive to and from was kind of far from where we live now. Since I have to be at the hosptial by 5:00 a.m., it just made sense.
Included in the post operation instructions, it says I can walk 10 minutes of every hour if I feel like it! That's bodes well I'm thinkin'. But I will see how I feel and go from there. I'm just anxious to get this over with. The main reason? It's just so distracting to everything else I am doing right now! I want my life back and after the surgery and recuperation, I hope that will be the case. I do like being active, but I really am not going to mind being forced to slow down for awhile. I think I need it and am going to the bookstore or library this weekend to get those books to read while I am lollygagging about. Anyone have any good fiction book suggestions? I read all the time, but rarely read fiction these days and I miss it. It's been years really. I like regular "slice of life" books that I can relate to, if that makes any sense, but am open to any suggestion by anyone! And it can be any book really; it doesn't have to be fiction... just a book that you really really liked.
Well, it's Friday and this weekend I'm going to try to get the garden all weeded and ready for Mike to take over for the duration of my recovery, though with that walking permission, maybe I can do a little in the garden myself. I hope so; I'm happy as a pig in mud when I'm in the garden. I love watching things grow and sitting in the dirt just feels very healing - always has for me. And I'll take some update garden pictures for those interested.
By the way... thank you everyone for your comments and emails - and not just in reference to my upcoming surgery. I normally try my best to respond as soon as possible, but lately things are outa control time-wise. I love your comments though and they always make me smile. They're like little word hugs, if you know what I mean. Some words I've gotten lately have just made my day. I really appreciate them.