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.
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.
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.
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!