Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Surgery Details

The details are set now.

I visited the pul.monologist today and got her thoughts on things. She has ordered the tests she needs to have done to give me pre-op clearance. So I have had a chest x-ray done today, I will be having a complete pulmonary function test done on Monday and I will be having a sleep study tomorrow night. (I know it's silly, but I'm a little sad about the sleep study. It will be only the 5th night since we got married that The Hubs and I have slept in seperate beds. The other 4 were when he was away for a week for training with his job a few years ago.) I was also given a nasal spray for allergies.

I am to turn up tomorrow night by 8:30 pm at the latest (at the hospital where I work - this is after getting off work at 5 pm tomorrow). I will then be "suited up" with the electrodes and elastic belts to monitor my breathing. Then I'll try to fall asleep. I will be able to leave by 6:30 am the next day and I will have to be back at work by 9:00 am. Sounds like loads of fun, huh?

On Monday, I will have the great joy of having a complete pulmonary function test performed. While I work with this test by name daily, I really have no idea what it entails apart from breathing. I feel stupid not knowing, but there you go. We'll see what that reveals.

On Tuesday, I will be once again making the two hour drive to my RE's office in Savannah to do my pre-op work-up with him. Blood work and signing all the "it's okay if you accidentally kill me during this surgery, I won't mind and my family won't sue you because it's obviously not your fault" paperwork will have to be taken care of then ahead of the actual surgery day. The Hubs can't take off work that day, so my mom will be accompanying me. Between you and me, I'm not so sure that's a good idea, but there's really no other option. We tend to wind one another up. I don't feel she's as supportive as she could be and she thinks I don't listen to anything she has to say because she's not a doctor. Sounds to me like it will add up to a stressful day, but here's hoping I'll be proved wrong.

The surgery itself will be next Friday, June 18. I'll again be in Savannah and will hopefully only be in Outpatient surgery. Should there be any complications, I may have to stay overnight, but I'm planning on coming home on the Friday. I'll carry a small bag of clothes and toiletries just in case, but my goal is to come home the same day.

So that's the surgery details and plans. Not much going on, eh? In the midst of all this, I also have to interview applicants for the position at work that we've just had approved, re-write the policies and procedures for our department, create a step-by-step list of what is entailed in doing the job our department does, train other members of staff (not because of my surgery, just because it needs to be done for cross-training purposes) to do our department's job, host a meeting with the offices using our department's services to clarify what they should be providing to us and complete all my regular day-to-day work before I head off for my delightful day of surgery. I can hardly wait.

Thanks to all of you amazing ladies who have visited me to wish me well and help allay my fears! You all make me feel loved and I feel less worried because I know your thoughts and prayers are behind me. I will try to get by this weekend to visit with each of you and send a more personal thank you! In the meantime, I love and appreciate each and every one of you more than you can know! Hugs to you all!

17 comments:

Lorin said...

Oh, the sleep study. Just to make your husband laugh, get the tech to take a picture of you decked out in your electrodes. I looked like I was straight out of a movie - a horror movie! But the results were fascinating, though a little scary.

Good luck with all your tests and surgery!

tasivfer said...

WOW! Things are happening! Which I think is good. I think it's worse when there is heaps of time our minds can fill in with evil thoughts. And why does work always do this - ramp up so much when you could really use a break?

Maybe you need to try to think in advance of other topics you can talk to your mum about? Or get a book on CD you think you might both enjoy listening to? Or get something like taffy for her to chew on that will glue her teeth together so she can't speak. You are a planner and organiser, so why not use that to get some anti-mum strategies in place!

Bestest of luck with it all.

Giving Up A Dream said...

Well, I am glad you are not to busy before you sx. ;) Maybe it will help keep your mind off the sx.? I hope all goes well. I know what it is like to have Dr. Mom and Dr. Dad. That does take a toll on you. I will pray she has been muted by God for you during the drive to and fro.
Pez

Kristin said...

Hoping and praying that everything goes smoothly and that your mom turns out to be a help not a hindrance.

BTW, usually a complete pulmonary function test includes simple screening spirometry, formal lung volume measurement, diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide, and arterial blood gases.

KeepOnTrying said...

Good luck with everything. I am hoping it is all easy and you are done after Friday!

Andrea said...

Hang in there sweetie. I have to do an SHG test today and am not too excited about it...rather nervous, but at least we can both check these tests off our list ;) Sending you love and well wishes as you journey on.

As for your Mom, my mother and I are a bit the same, but they do mean well. It seems they just can't realize we are adults and tend to still see us as little girls, who "they" made decisions for :)

Be well...

HUGS

jill said...

I'm sorry to hear about this (I just read the last post as well). I'm sending good thoughts your way and hoping that the D&C goes well. I am happy they were able to catch it as early as they did.

Oh as far as I know a PFT is basically just blowing into a machine to measure lung capacity and function (but I am definitely not even in the medical field - I once worked as an office manager for a medical office and our assistants would preform that test often.)

I'll be thinking of you. *hug*

Wishing 4 One said...

I don't know anything about any of tests you have to do, but my friend I hope the sleep study went well. I am praying for your surgery to be a breeze too. You're in my thoughts and this too shall past fast too and God Willing all will go perfect. Thinking of you. xoxo

Erika said...

Sending my prayers and wishes for a swift recovery your way. Thinking of you!

Ashlee G. said...

Sending positive thoughts your way!

Ashlee, ICLW #180

Britt said...

Wow, just reading it makes me feel exhausted, I can't even imagine how you feel! Good luck and sending you prayers for a quick recovery! Happy ICLW!

Blondie said...

Thinking of you and hoping for a speedy recovery after surgery! I myself am in the midst of recovering from IF-related surgery (Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy), and it's been easier than I thought it would be. Hope yours is nice and easy!

daega99 said...

I hope everything went well!

ICLW
http://daega99-arewethereyet.blogspot.com/

Waiting Lisa said...

I lost my uterus and ovaries to endometrial cancer in December. I hope your surgery results were good news.

Alana said...

Oh Lynn...I am just catching up! HOPE that all went well and that you've been hanging in there. Sending big hugs your way!

subfertilefrugalista said...

Wishing you all the best for surgery!!

Deb said...

Hope that things have been looking up lately. Take care of you!

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