Finally, tomorrow is the day. Instead of going to Friday morning breakfast we will be going to the Swedish Orthopedic Institute downtown for my hip replacement surgery. It has been a long wait.
When we hadn't heard by noon today what my check-in, surgery time was I called a number I was given when I inquired yesterday. Four new numbers or transfers later I finally got an answer. I guess I jumped the gun because I finally got a call at 1:30 this afternoon, from a different person.
Anyway, I check in at 9:00 Friday morning for surgery two hours later. I am to have no food after midnight, and only 8 oz of water in the early morning.
The first Tete-te-tete daffodils are finally blooming
So today has been preparation day. The bed has clean sheets and the bathroom has clean towels, ready for my clean self after an evening and then morning wash with pre-surgical body scrub. Freshly washed clothes await.
I make charts, and today I replaced my PT chart with a post surgical chart: 20 min of icing, 15 min of activity, elevate and rest; repeat three times in the morning, twice in the afternoon, and three times in the evening. Lots of check, check, check.
I have a new chart for meds, seven in all at first, with hopes I will not have to use the opioids. Yesterday I made a big pot of beef stew so Tom will have plenty to eat while he is taking care of me. I'm not sure when I will eat much given my history of digestive issues post surgery, but I am prepared for whatever comes. I just got a message from my cardiologist, letting me know she wants an echo cardiogram. What?! Oh, not until May. OK. Can do. My stress level is easing off.
All is well. Wish me luck.