I'm finally in Cleveland and getting ready for my day of pre-op tests (the only new ones are pulmonary, other than that the same old echo, ECG, blood work!). Not a bad day except I have a headache (sinus? Stress? Not allowed to eat?) and can only take Tylenol which doesn't do much for me. I'm sure I'll survive!
I know you're nervous today but try to stay calm and think positive thoughts. My thoughts are with you.
Hi Diana!!!!! I'm betting you are getting really anxious and excited!!!!! Just think, after it's over, we'll have to go shooting together :) Might be a weird question, but do you have any idea what room you will be in, or will they give you a room when you get there? Also, will you be allowed visitors? Talkit to ya later!
Good luck on your surgery..there will be many prayers said for you. You will be ok!!! Fran is right...whatever I felt doubts creeping into my thought process, I changed the scene..and envisioned myself in recovery and doing fine. Do not let bad thoughts creep in..you can only control your thoughts...God and the Surgeon are in charge of the rest. Do your job by utilizing the positive energy field.
An Irish Blessing from an Irishman - everything HAS to go well!
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
I know, I remember the "what ifs". I am a big believer in prayer and when ever one of those thoughts crept into my mind I would pray and would find peace.After a while never did have any more "what ifs". Loved ones will get you through. You'll do well.
Wishing you the best with your upcoming surgery! I completely understand your feelings, as I am having them now and my surgery is 17 days away. I know everything will be great-you are in God's hands.
Hopes for a speedy recovery!
Well, it's just about here. Please don't be terrified. We've all made it and you'll be here to talk about it afterwards. Pray, positive visualization, meditation will all help. Was hoping someone would post for you for a few days after the surgery when you're not able to. We will just have to pray and wait!!
How are you doing? I've had a busy weekend which was very nice but tiring. I head to Cleveland tomorrow - tests on Tuesday, doctors meetings on Wednesday. Do you have any tests left or are you just checking in on Wednesday?
I hope your wrist has cleared and you're in good spirits.
Hi Diana. I've been following your journal for a while now & am relieved to read that your wrist is better at last. It's great news that you'll be able to continue with your surgery as scheduled. I wish you a successful surgery & smooth recovery.
Great news. Somehow from the begining (maybe because I'm a nurse)knew you needed an antibiotic. Are you pro-active in your health care? Would you be comfortable asking your doctor why he didn't order an antibiotic way back when? I know I would--but that's me. The bottom line is you'll have your surgery next week as planned!
Keep the faith, and a positive attitude. Wonderful things are happening these days with meds and surgery. We love you, and wish only the best for you. God is able. Love, Aunt Jeanette and Mike.
I hope the doctor orders the antibiotic and gets it over with. Have you ever had something like this happen before? Like you say, two weeks to go and you want that darn thing healed. Good luck. Keeping you in my prayers and thoughts.
Maybe it's time to ask him why he is reluctant to order an antibiotic since he's followed the protocol for this sterile abcess. Let us know what he says. Seems like it's been going on way too long.
I am sorry to hear that there was a delay in your surgery. I know I feared that while waiting for my surgery...but decided if it did it was meant to be. Hope your wrist heals real soon. I will be praying for you.
I had a similar delay and found out later that it was because there was a guy who needed the surgery worse than I did on my original date. I think that things happen for a reason for those of us who generally have good luck!
Wish I could help you put a positive spin on that change of surgery date but it is what it is. Everyone goes home on weekends so perhaps this way you'll be in the hospital with a full working staff. How's that for digging deep? Just a little over two weeks. You'll get there.
I'm so happy to hear your abcess seems to be clearing. That must be a great relief.
Your recliner sounds fabulous. I wonder if I should get one? I have a very comfortable chair with an ottoman that I sat in when I herniated a disk and I'm planning to use that for my recovery. But maybe a new
recliner? Or am I just looking for an excuse to go shopping??
Thanks for the message to me Diana. Seems after 4 days of antibiotics, my chest congestion seems to be better so am really looking forward to a really good day of being more active. It's a vicious cycle, when you don't feel well you don't (or aren't able to) do more and then you feel poorly again. Hope to break that cycle. It will be in the 90's and humid here today. Will walk in my home and later hope to get to the sports center in our development. There is a treadmill there and will try it.
Have a great day.
Good Morning Diana
You sound calmer now. I have an adjustable bed, so have been able to sleep in my bed since I got home. Just remember as comfortable as the new recliner is, you'll have to get up several times a day and move! Glad for all the parental help you'll be getting.
Been following your journal, and I have to say that when you finally go in on May 14, that things will go really well. Why? Because you have such a positive outlook, and you clearly have a lot more to do in this life before you are done.
I had a positive outlook and knew that there were things left to be done that were important, and I came through in fantastic condition with no pain and feeling like a million dollars. I wish you luck, and will keep a positive thought for you, as I think those really help, but I don't think you will need it!
Gee, you are having a time of it. Just wanting you to know you are in my prayers as you near your big day - the first day of the rest of your new life. Have a good weekend and hope that sucker gets healed soon.
Thanks for the update. Apparently the doctor feels there's no need for an antibiotic but would there be any harm in using it? Have the name of the book and cd's that Barbara Torrey used in preparation for her surgery and she said it helped her so much that she only needed Motrin post op.
Prepare For Surgery-Heal Faster
by Peggy Huddleston includes 2 cds.
Let me know if you use it and if it's useful.
Good Morning Diana
Hope you hear from your doctor and get put on a course of an antibiotic which, hopefully will clear it up in no time. If your doctor prefers not to give you an antibiotic, you should ask "why not"? I'm a registered nurse, so am speaking with some experience. Please let us know, this will be behind you soon and it'll be one less thing to stress over. I read some where that you are losing some weight due to the stress. You want to go into your surgery as relaxed as you can be. Earlier, I believe I suggested you go to your local book store and see what's available to read, but especially on tape that you should use. Good luck.
Just read your journal. Glad your wrist is getting better. Your surgery is only a few days after mine. My surgery is scheduled for May 10 at the Univ. of PA.
Surgery will soon be over for both of us and we'll be on the road to recovery. I too have chosen the tissue valve because I did not want to be on Coumadin. My aorta will also repaired at the time of surgery, because of an aneurysm.
Please keep me posted on your progress as we both will be going through the healing process at the same time.
I would definitely take snacks like crackers, granola bars, and chips! If you have any favorite music, you should take that as well. Anything comforting I would take! :) Also, you might want to take juice or some kind of drink besides water, which they will be able to give you that. :)
You can take a look back at my Feb journal where I put up a packing list. They were the things I most thought about. I see Theresa didn't use her pj's until the last day whereas I was in mine on the third day, wearing the pj bottoms and the hospital gown for a couple of days until there wasn't any blood oozing and then put my tops on. Cleaning myself up made me feel better and not such a witch. I grew my hair long enough to get most of it into a ponytail which was more manageable. I found I only used my moisturizer and sanitizers, of course the toothpaste, toothbrush and mouthwash, robe and slippers and definitely the chapstick, book and I-pod. I also took flushable sanitarywipes. I'm sure you'll get lots of answers here.
I did not use anything I brought except a brush, facial wipes, chapstick, and toothbrush and toothpaste. I never could concentrate to read the 4 books I brought, and I never changed into my pj's until the last day. I wore two hospital gowns...each facing a different way to cover up and hospital slipper socks. Before the surgery, the shopping for all the items I needed kept me busy...but I did not use most of them. On the plus side...I had a new robe, slippers, comfortable sweat outfits, new books, new cosmetics...after the surgery when I felt better. You really do not need much, but do what makes you feel comfortable.
Just try to relax. That in itself is a big order. I am two weeks post OP today and kind of a worrier about do I have the right things etc. There is nothing that you will need except a good positive attitude. Everything else can be provided by the hospital or a CVS.
Also, I learned that every situation is different. I brought a book - still can't concentrate, iPod - not really interested but worked well prior to surgery. My daughter-in-law has a great philosophy that helped me. It's like flying. Once you are in the plane, just relax and let the pros take over.