Pre-Pre-Op Planning

When I’m excited about something, I overplan and overthink every single detail. If one part has several options, I will agonize over each one until I am blue in the face. With something as major as an 8-hour surgery, there are lots of things to iron out before the big day, and a lot of them aren’t even part of the operation itself.

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The top left is my calendar, which includes the days that I will be with 24/7 care, and the days where I am hoping I’ll get by alone. The first night after surgery, I am staying in an aftercare facility. For the next five days, my mom will be in LA to take care of me while I stay at my aunt’s house. When my mom leaves, the plan is to go home and function by myself for the last five days before I go back to work, but I do have a couple “insurance policies” set up in case I’m not well enough to be alone. That shouldn’t be the case though.

You know what’s giving me the most stress? Figuring out what to do with Bow and Sioux. I have a lot of friends who love them enough to watch them, but despite what they seem to think, they aren’t little lap dogs. They are large, active dogs that need a lot of room to play. The thought of boarding them for two weeks gives me a major case of the sads, and that stuff gets expensive ($1,000+). The preliminary plan is to continue their daily walks, and have my friend stay at my house overnight with them. When I go home, I’ll have to trust that the dogs won’t accidentally injure me. If things get dicey, I have some friends on call that will come over and help entertain them (and me).

The top right has all my expenses outlined, which includes everything from the surgeon’s fees, all the way down to the cheap granny panties I had to buy. I will dance around the complete costs of my surgery, and how I’m paying for it, once it’s actually over.

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The middle part has a growing list of supplies I’m going to need, like wedge pillows, a shower bench, disposable bathing wipes, stool softener, and more. There will be more added to the list once I ask my surgeon all of the bazillion questions I have (bottom left part). Some of the questions are:

  • What should I pack for my stay at the aftercare facility?
  • Is August 26th a realistic date for me to return to work?
  • What is my future schedule of post-op follow-up appointments?
  • What should I eat during recovery? What should I avoid?

And you know I had to plan everything, including my outfits too, right? $13.96 Walmart mumus for the win. I had to buy these is because I don’t have anything comfortable (and disposable…eww leakage) in my wardrobe that buttons or zips in the front. I will arrive at the surgery center wearing one of these, and after it’s over they’ll put it back over my swollen and girdle-braced body.

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There are still so many unknowns which is making me super anxious. I cannot wait until my pre-op appointment on Monday so I can 1) pay my balance in full, 2) have all my questions answered, and 3) be only nine days away from the big day…!!!

Shout out to Beth who just had her tummy tuck this past Monday! She pulled through like a champ and is currently loving the creators of pain killers. Wishing her a speedy recovery!

7 thoughts on “Pre-Pre-Op Planning

  1. Ashley
    August 1, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Aww if I lived closer I’d watch them!

  2. August 2, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    This is so fascinating to watch! Hot outfits there;) Kidding. I’d get a dog walker for the days that you are back. Maybe the first couple of days where you are alone have someone come and give them a proper 1 hour walk or so to take the edge off a bit and then maybe a friend can walk them at night until you feel stronger again

  3. theshrinkingowl
    August 2, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    Those are some super sexy muumuus.

  4. sarahlou1976
    August 2, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Wow you are super organized, If I lived closer I would come pick up your two and let them come romp with my two in my huge back yard – that would be some super cute photos.
    Im sure it will all work out just fine and you will look back after and wonder what all the stress was about

  5. k8f3
    August 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Have you looked into Rover.com for your dogs? Like having family watch your dogs, except that the sitters on Rover are usually way more excited about it than your family! It’s been a HUGE lifesaver for my husband and me because we travel so much!

  6. k8f3
    August 3, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Forgot to mention one of the most important parts; Rover’s usually much cheaper than kennels or dog walking services. I used code RMN50 to save $50 when I signed up.

  7. August 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Hey Mae! Thanks for the shoutout. I have so much advice to pass on to you now that I’ve been through the recovery in terms of what you need and don’t need. We should talk. 🙂