Upcoming Surgery Update:
Spent most of today at Emory getting all the preliminaries done; consultation with the surgeon, pre-registration, pre-op and consultations/visits with the anesthesiologists, surgeon rep to be sure I knew what was going to happen, nurse for after-care and blood draws for blood work.
It looks like my hospital stay may be considerably longer than the 4-5 days I had thought. More like 7-10days, with 8-9 being about what we are shooting for. They will not discharge me until they know I have no fevers or infections brewing because the surgery is considered 'contaminable', I need to be able to eat semi-solid to solid foods and my small intestine working to move that food and I must be able to get up, walk around and be able to change my stoma bag efficiently myself.
Tonight was my last night of 'real' food so we ate at a steakhouse. Tomorrow starts a soft - liquid diet and Wed will be all clear liquids in prep for 11:30am Thursday. Surgery will take about 4-7hrs depending, though he is not expecting any surprises.
Have arrangements for the kitties while I'm at the hospital and Q is at a Paso-friend's house until I can resume her care myself. Marmy is seeing the vet tomorrow AM.
Nervous, but committed. It is a big change, and I'm not sure I'm mentally prepared for it, but my Husband and Mother are here and I'm sure I'll get through it just fine. Once it is done, I look forward to the positive changes it will make for my life.
ps...I am unsure how quickly I will be able to log back on myself with Hubby's laptop. I will try to do so quickly, or have Hubby or Mom post a quick update a few days into my recovery when they have come back to the house and can use my 'favorites' links.